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6 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Anxious People

6 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Anxious People

The world as a whole has experienced enough in the last two years to make everyone more aware of prioritizing their mental health. 


Gifts are a thoughtful way to express love, concern, compassion, and just how much a person means to you, or simply to let them know that you’ve been thinking of them. 


Let this list of thoughtful gift ideas for anxious people inspire you to choose a gift for the anxious person in your life, or if you are the anxious person in your life, treat yourself because you deserve love from you too.


Calming Gifts for Anxious People


There’s no substitute for guidance from a professional when dealing with mental health, but there are ways to support the people in our lives that we care about to make their day a bit brighter and the load seem a bit lighter. 


Stress is a natural part of life, and sometimes we all need little comforts to deal with stress and the anxious feelings that come with it. Here are some gift ideas to help bring a bit of comfort to the anxious person in your life. You may even find something for yourself. 


1. Weighted Blankets


Weighted blankets have gained a serious amount of popularity, and that’s not without reason. We all know what feeling anxious is like, and when we feel anxiety, we want to be comforted. For many people, a good hug is nice, and your favorite cozy blanket comes close to that same snuggly, warm feeling.


The weight of a weighted blanket takes that hug-like feeling of your favorite cozy blanket a bit further, and they tell your autonomic nervous system to go into rest mode. This may help alleviate some of the symptoms that accompany feeling anxious.


2. Soothing Tea With a Mug


A warm cup of tea may be a comforting way to end a long day with or without anxious feelings. Your friend or loved one who experiences anxious feelings frequently will be flattered by a beautiful assortment of soothing teas, and the mug will remind them of your thoughtfulness and comfort them even after they enjoy all the teas. 


Many people would say that any cup of tea is a good cup of tea, but when it comes to soothing a person’s feelings of anxiousness, some teas and tea blends are better than others. Here are some flavors to consider for the anxious person in your life:


  • Chamomile 
  • Green tea
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

All of these flavors can help calm the mind and relax the tea drinker. If your friend or loved one is more anxious in the morning, you might suggest they try the green tea because L-theanine found in tea provides soothing effects to the brain without making the person feel drowsy.


3. Calming Supplements


When you feel anxious, the time of day is irrelevant. Anxious feelings can come at any time, and your friend or loved one may not feel like they have the energy or time to spend on a lot of techniques. There is a method for the busy, anxious person in your life to help them fight anxious feelings by day and night. 


When stress or anxious feelings are looming over you, it can be challenging to fall asleep. As part of the Complete Calm System, there is a Complete Calm Sleep Gummy to help soothe and comfort the anxious person in your life with an almost immediate calming sensation. 


The Complete Calm Sleep Gummies includes your choice of melatonin or L-tryptophan that may help support your sleep health. Melatonin is the sleep hormone your body produces to signal that it’s time to enter the restful period of each day. 


L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps in the production of the “happiness hormone” serotonin. Serotonin is your body’s precursor to the production of melatonin. Either option may help calm the mind and help initiate the body’s natural sleep phase. 


In addition, the Complete Calm Sleep Gummies have active ingredients like Chamomile extract, Passion Fruit extract, Holy Basil, and a nighttime terpene blend that work together naturally.  They may help comfort, calm, and soothe an anxious person just before bedtime in a fun and tasty way.


Another component of the Complete Calm System is the Complete Calm De-Stress Gummies that are designed to be taken during the day to do just what you think. With active ingredients like Panax ginseng and daytime terpene blend, Complete Calm De-Stress Gummies may help the anxious mind with improved focus and a calming sensation.


Both parts of the Complete Calm System share common ingredients like Persian Saffron extract, Lion’s Mane extract, Rhodiola extract, and lemon balm extract that help quiet the mind and improve cognitive function while promoting a sense of well-being.

 



4. Dinner


Taking your anxious friend or loved one out for a meal or bringing a meal to them for the two of you to share can do wonders to help. Talking with someone who cares about us is good for our mental well-being and emotional health. 


You may not know what to say to your friend to help them with their anxious feelings or what’s bothering them, but sharing a meal, talking about other things, and taking a break from life is good medicine for the mind. 


5. A Potted Plant


Gardening has shown promise in helping to reduce the symptoms that typically accompany anxious feelings. Spending time tending to plants, flowers, or vegetables can do a lot to improve a person’s sense of well-being. 


However, most anxious people find it challenging to make time for the things they enjoy, and most of us can’t give our loved ones a whole garden. You can give someone a cute potted plant that can brighten their day and still give them the therapeutic benefits of gardening without taking a lot of time.


You can also check in with your friend or loved one periodically to “ask how the plant is doing” to break the ice and really check on them and how they’re doing. Try to choose a low-maintenance plant and offers some additional benefits for anxious people like jasmine, mint, or lavender. 


6. A Journal


Journaling is a great stress-reliever. With anxious feelings often come anxious thoughts, and a journal provides an outlet to jot those thoughts and feelings down or think through a problem. You can choose a journal with a calming cover that the gift-receiver would like, and you can leave an encouraging, personal message within the cover to always remind them that you wish them peace and hope for them to be calm. 


Besides being a great way for the recipient to express their thoughts and feelings in a cathartic way, journaling might help them discover stressors or triggers in their lives when they look back on what they wrote during a particularly difficult time.


Choose a beautiful, sturdy journal, and give your anxious person plenty of room to get it all out. If your friend or loved one struggles to find their positive thoughts, you might want to consider a journal with prompts that will lead their thoughts back to the positive side or work through the negative feelings or emotions.


Summary


We all know what it feels like to experience stress and anxiety, and when you know your friend or loved one is struggling with feeling anxious, you may want to give a thoughtful gift that lets them know that you’re thinking about them and one that comforts them. 


We’ve looked at six potential gifts, and hopefully, you’ve thought of the perfect gift for the anxious person in your life. Remember that you are an important part of helping lower the anxious feelings in that person’s life. Still, there are other gifts like teas, a weighted blanket, a daily supplement, or a potted plant that have all shown promising results for others to help soothe and calm a person’s anxious mind. 



Sources:

More Than Just a Fad: 4 Ways Weighted Blankets Can Actually Help You | pennmedicine.org 

The Effects of Green Tea Amino Acid L-Theanine Consumption on the Ability to Manage Stress and Anxiety Levels: a Systematic Review | pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 

The Effects of Dietary Tryptophan on Affective Disorders | ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 


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