Top 5 Self-Care Gifts
April showers might bring you May flowers, depending on where you live, but here’s one thing we know for certain: May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Now, mental health is complex, and we won’t even attempt to unpack it here. What we can say, though, is that one area where Goodly can help is with self-care. Self-care and mental health are closely connected, you see, and practicing self-care can help improve and maintain mental health by reducing stress and anxiety, increasing resilience, and promoting positive emotions like happiness, contentment, and even fulfillment.
But what is self-care? It’s the practice of intentionally taking care of yourself. Of making time for activities that promote your physical and mental health, such as exercise, relaxation and social connection.
Self-care (or the lack of it) is often easier to see in others, so we’ll frame our post today in terms of giving the gift of self care to a friend or loved one. Self-care gifts are a fantastic way to show someone that you care about their well-being and support their efforts to take care of themselves. In short, you want them to be happy.
Something to keep in mind: everything on our list today could also be a self-care gift that you give to yourself! Let’s take a look at Goodly’s top 5 self-care gifts!
1) Bath Goods
A nice, calming bath or luxurious shower, complete with some mood lighting and soft music. Doesn't that sound wonderful? Relaxation is so important and yet can be so difficult to achieve sometimes. We understand! And so we're stocked up with bath goods like bath bombs, scented body scrubs and more so that whether you have a soaking tub or a stand-up shower stall, you can turn your bathing routine into a self-care routine.
2) Grow Kits
Gardening has been shown to have a positive impact on mood. Not everyone has a yard to work with, though, or the time and energy to devote to a garden. Why not start small? Our grow kits have everything you need, and some of them don’t even need soil! Our Plant Lovers Gift Box even has two different grow kits, plant food and more! Watch your little plants grow and lessen your anxiety and stress levels.
3) Eye Masks
Sleep is an important part of anyone’s health, but without an adequate amount of quality sleep your mental health can suffer. Eye masks help block out light, making falling asleep (and staying that way) easier. You might also consider weighted eye masks. They have been said to soothe anxiety and increase relaxation, both of which are excellent for a restful slumber.
4) Art Supplies
Watercolor isn’t the only path to creating art, but it’s one of the easiest for beginners. You don’t even need to have drawing skills! Playing with shapes, shades and even textures, many people say watercolor is meditative and relaxing. There's no need to worry about perfection. Just dig in and have fun!
Bright lights and TV or phone screens can make relaxation difficult at best. How about the occasional evening snuggled up in bed, couch or favorite chair, surrounded by candlelight? Talk about cozy! A flickering flame is even said to relieve tension and stress in a room. Good thing we’ve got candles in all shapes, sizes and scents, perfect for any room or occasion.
Self-care is an important tool for promoting and maintaining good mental health. Self-care gifts can serve as a reminder for people to prioritize their own needs, which can often be overlooked in the midst of a busy lifestyle. So whether you’re treating someone else you care about or yourself, Goodly has the self-care gifts you need!