This holiday season doesn’t have to be as stressful as it’s been in the past. Taking time to practice self-care and giving the gift of self-care to others will help alleviate the pressure we often put upon ourselves during this particular time of the year. Naturally we have others to tend to and shop for during the holidays, but do not neglect yourself. The calmer and happier you are now, the more thoughtful your gift giving will be. This doesn’t mean that you must give material items, people are often happy just spending quality time with you. Keep in mind that being truly happy has nothing to do with the gifts themselves.
Here’s a list of some incredible gifts worth giving this holiday season that will help you and the other people in your life achieve optimal wellness and self-care. As an added bonus, there’s an inexpensive option and a splurge.
These are literally my favorite Korean sheet masks because they are super inexpensive and come in a wide variety. Korean skin masks make your skin look radiant and younger after just once use. These are typically less than $25 for the entire pack.
If you’re looking to have the finest sheet mask around, the intensive brightening mask, by Cle De Peau, has been reviewed by many in the beauty industry and is one of the best sheet masks you can get. It’s been said that it is well-fitting, smells divine and moisturizes beyond belief!
I first found this robe when looking for something to wear for maternity leave and I was not disappointed. It is lightweight and very comfortable.
If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, the Old Shanghai Women’s Kimono has a myriad of styles. Definitely a wish list item.
It’s not often we think of Apps as something that can help with self-care. Many apps can help you take your mind off things and unwind at the end of the day, but these apps are geared specifically towards self-care. The #SelfCare by TRU LUV and the Sanity & Self apps help you relax and practice being mindful. Spend hours nurturing your brain and well-being instead of hours watching mindless videos.
What is better than curling up on the couch with a comfy blanket? Wrapping yourself in either a fuzzy heated blanket or a weighted blanket is taking your blanket game to the next level. This plush electric blanket is sure to warm your soul this winter.
If you are looking to soothe anxiety and help feel calmer, a weighted blanket can work wonders. Weighted blankets help with anxiety, stress and insomnia. These blankets have been reported to help with Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Panic Disorder, OCD and pain. The claim is that this blanket mimics a hug and studies show that hugs can boost serotonin and dopamine, the two feel-good chemicals in the brain.
Essential oils provide an easy way to practice self-care. You can diffuse them, use them topically or ingest them. You must do your research before using essential oils as there are some risk factors and may not be advisable for some. Keep in mind that all oils are not created equally as far as quality goes and are not regulated. Lavender essential oil is one of the best inexpensive essential oils you can buy. You can use lavender oil to help with things such as anxiety, insomnia, wound healing and pain. I highly recommend adding this to a bath with Epsom Salt to truly decompress at the end of the day.
Sandalwood essential oil is an absolutely amazing splurge. Living with insomnia, this oil has helped me on many sleepless nights. Sandalwood essential oil is also good for anxiety, it can enhance your libido, improve mood, and relieve stress.
Naturally spas can do wonders for your mental health. Some spas are now offering new and alternative treatments that are totally worth a try. Red Light Therapy is touted with reducing inflammation, eases muscle aches and joint stiffness, as well as improving your skin. You can find Red Light treatments at many facilities or you can buy your own on Amazon. Even day spas like, Planet Beach now offer Red Light Therapy.
On the higher end of the spectrum, one of the newest trends at many spas are Gold Facials. A gold facial is honestly one of the most indulgent spa treatments you can get. These facials were once a pampering method that only for celebrities and ancient royals indulged in, however these days you will find gold facials are on high-end spa menus everywhere. Gold facials can be pricey, but it is well worth it. The antioxidant properties in specifically in gold are said to fight off environmental toxins and sun damage. Many have found that their skin feels softer and more supple due to accelerated cell regeneration and elastin production. There are numerous gold masks being sold online, but you might just want to opt for the real spa service instead to enjoy all the benefits. If money is no object, The World’s Most Luxurious Spa Experience, $6,800 for a full day that includes at 24 carat Gold Mask only found in Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, UAE.
When you look better you feel better. Keeping your skin moisturized not only provides hydration to your skin, it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and damage. Some moisturizers have vitamins and sunscreen which is an added benefit. Go get that glow try Mario Badescu’s Hydrating Moisturizer which has hyaluronic acid to help prevent moisture loss. It is infused with Vitamin A, collagen and antioxidants to nourish your skin.
If you follow the beauty routines of celebrities you might have heard of La Mer. Jennifer Lopez swears by this magical cream, supposedly lathering it all over her body. I can attest that this cream is heavenly. Luckily you can now buy in online instead of tracking it down in a fancy store. If you can’t quit afford this at full price, Amazon does have sample packs you can buy at a much lower price.
Properly Fitting Bras
You wouldn’t typically think of a bra being a part of self-care, but it is! Imagine not having to reposition your bra every 5 seconds and not having an underwire dig into your ribs. A well-fitting bra can help your posture and reduce pain. Many women do not even realize their bra does not fit properly. If you visit stores like Victoria’s Secret you can actually be fitted by an associate or you can click here to find out how to determine this for yourself. Once you are aware of your actual size and figure out what style fits you best. Consider the Maidenform Comfort Devotion Demi T-Shirt Bra for comfort and style.
Calvin Klein makes wonderfully fitting bras that are very comfortable. It is not more expensive than the bra mentioned above, but I know how some of you love your designer names.
One of the best things you can get for your bedroom is blackout curtains. These curtains cut down on the light coming from outside and significantly help you sleep better and longer. This is a must for any night shift workers. These curtains also help control the temperature in your room to prevent it from getting too hot or too cold.
Someone once told me that you should always get the top of the line in shoes and in your bed because of the amount of time you spend walking and sleeping. What about the quality of your bed sheets? To me, high quality sheets are just as important for a good nights sleep. Reviews show that Brooklinen sheets are some of the best sheets you can buy and have won numerous awards. They are not cheap, but are also not the most expensive.
For The Home
Having a Himalayan Salt Lamp and a Diffuser in your home will help to clear the air and instill positive energy. Why not have both? The Pure Enrichment PureGlow Crystal features an essential oil diffuser and a Himalayan Salt Lamp in one. This helps to neutralize the potentially harmful positive ions that emit from electronic devices like smartphones, televisions, radios and more by emitting negative ions, all while adding moisture and aromas to the room.
Roomba (Alexa compatible)
Something that most likely tops all of our wish lists is a robotic vacuum. The Roomba, which is now Alexa compatible, will allow you to take a load off and forget about the tedious chore of vacuuming. You can clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot home app, which is again compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google assistant. It also runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging. It also includes Wi-Fi connectivity, edge-sweeping brush, auto-adjust cleaning head, and can work on both carpets and hard floors.
While the list of self-care and wellness products is endless, here are a bit more that would make awesome stocking stuffers.
A daily dose of probiotics will help keep your gut in line. New research shows that gut health can impact your mental health. The better you treat your digestive system, the better you will feel. Probiotics have also been shown to boost your immune system.
Using sunscreen now can have lasting effects on your skin for a life time. Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen is one of the best smelling sunscreens and couldn’t be more people and Earth friendly. It is wise to use sunscreen even during winter months as the harmful rays can still penetrate through clouds.
Warm wishes and Happy Holidays.