By Beverly Nelson
Caregiving is a job that doesn't offer much time for rest and relaxation. Caregivers give of themselves to others and often put the needs of others first at the expense of their own health and well-being. If your holiday shopping includes purchasing a gift for a caregiver, keep self-care and respite on your mind as you hunt for just the right gift. If you aren't sure what to choose, these seven gifts will brighten any caregiver's day.
When you are caring for someone else, finding the time to buy groceries and prepare meals is often at the bottom of the list. Thankfully, there are several food subscription services to make getting nutritious food easier. Some are pre-made, while others require cooking via attached recipes. There are several yummy snack options, too.
Just like eating regular meals, water is another thing we all tend to not get enough of. Plastic water bottles tend to get lost in the shuffle, not to mention they are pricey and aren't environmentally friendly. Purchase a water bottle that they can keep refilling. Many are customizable, including the size and color, and some come with cool bonuses such as a flavor infuser or water tracker. Pair a new water bottle with a water filter, and it is ready to go.
Natural Stress Relief
CBD oil is becoming popular for its natural calming and stress-relief abilities. Your body produces cannabinoids naturally (referred to as endocannabinoids), so the oil provides the body with additional cannabinoids to benefit from. CBD oil comes in a variety of flavors and strengths, so make sure you advise them to talk with their doctor first.
Meditation is a great way to relax the mind, relieve stress and even help with the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. A meditation app can become an on-the-go relaxation activity. While there are free apps out there, most require a monthly/yearly subscription, which is where you come in. Each app offers different tools such as imagery, breathing exercises, soothing sounds and progress tracking. Do your research before committing to gifting one.
Journaling can be a great way to put stress on paper and an even better way to help caregivers keep track of their mental health. A bullet journal is meant to help you track the past, present and future via colored charts, graphs and lists. The best part is that it can be as creative or simple as they'd like. Purchase a sturdy journal and colored pens, and be sure to point out some bullet journal templates to help get them started. If the bullet journal isn't their thing, encourage them to use it for regular journaling, doodling or to-do lists.
Caregivers are constantly on the go, which makes it hard to find time to sit down and relax. However, when a free minute arrives, technology can help them take advantage of it. For the book lover, an e-reader means they can read their favorite books anytime, anywhere. There's a huge selection of books to choose from, and they can store up to 1,000 books at a time on some devices. Reading could even be something they do together with the loved one they are caring for. If you have a music lover in your life, a portable music player will let them relax and unwind to their favorite songs without using precious storage on their phone.
A Helping Hand
Many caregivers will tell you that it is hard to find time for themselves. Lend a helping hand and put together a coupon book with rewards that will make their life easier such as a home-cooked meal, house cleaning, yard work, a day at the spa or a lunch date.
Caregivers work so hard to take care of their loved ones. Spoil them a little extra this holiday season with a gift that helps them get some much-needed rest and relaxation. They'll appreciate the thoughtful gift, making it a happy holiday for all.