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Gifts for Someone with Anxiety

13 Thoughtful Gifts for Someone with Anxiety

  • When a person is feeling anxious, it means that they are worried about something that is going to happen, or about to happen that is somehow outside of their comfort zone. This feeling goes away once the person has successfully completed whatever task they were anxious about. Everyone goes through this at least once in their lifetime. Anxiety disorders, however, causes a person to worry even when there is seemingly no good reason to do so. This is the type of anxiety we are focusing on in this article. When someone is struggling with anxiety small “normal” tasks become such a big deal for them, like going to school or interacting with other people.
  • There are many triggers that spike an anxiety attack. At its highest form, an anxiety attack will present itself in the form of a panic attack. When someone you know starts experiencing panic attacks induced by anxiety here are some ways on how to comfort someone with anxiety.
  • However, when you know someone who struggles with anxiety, it is nice to get them small considerate “anxiety relief gifts” these could be small or large items (depending on your friendship and how much money you are willing to spend) that will make their lives a little bit easier and help them go through life as smoothly as possible.

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1. THERAPY/ STRESS BALLS:

Just give it a squeeze when you are feeling anxious and it will ease your tension and reduce your anxiety. It is a great stress-reducing gift and can be carried anywhere even in classes and exams, both situations that can tend to be very anxiety-inducing.

Pros.

  • Soft 
  • Durable

Cons.

  • Poor quality 
  • Ball has weak points

An overall great tool for relieving stress and helping yourself calm down.

2. ADULT COLORING BOOK:

Coloring Mandalas takes patience and precision. It is exactly the kind of thing someone with anxiety needs because it steals the focus from whatever they were worried about to them concentrating on these precise lines and drawings.

Pros.

  • Varying styles – simple to complex 
  • Hard covered 
  • Quality paper

Cons.

  • Some markers will not color due to the kind of paper used 
  • Mandalas not creative

This coloring book is perfect for people of all ages who struggle with anxiety. The spirals have a calming effect and the mandalas are a great way of refocusing the mind onto something else to take away the anxiety.

3. CALIGRAPHY STARTER KIT:

Great gift for anxiety sufferers because it shifts their focus onto the task at hand. It is great for improving handwriting and because it requires attention to detail, it eases anxiety and increases focus.

Pros.

  • Has nice illustrations 
  • Has simple and easy to follow instructions
  • Suitable for anyone curious to try calligraphy

Cons.

  • Not useful for someone who doesn’t care for the art of calligraphy

This book is great for practicing strokes and designs to get the perfect lettering. It is beautiful and full of knowledge.

4. WHITE NOISE MACHINE:

Promotes better sleep quality by providing soothing sounds. The sounds help take an anxious person’s mind off the things they are worried about that is keeping them up at night. Most people with anxiety have trouble sleeping which oftentimes leads to insomnia and other mental health issues.

Pros.

  • Adjustable noise volume 
  • Portable 
  • Drowns out noise

Cons.

  • Needs to be lubricated so it doesn’t gather dust
  • Newer models have more complications than older models

Masks outside noise perfectly creating a conducive environment for you to fall asleep. It is also perfectly safe to use for babies

5. HEADPHONES:

This is a great gift for someone with agoraphobia. Because agoraphobics worry about going out in public spaces, headphones are a great item to have on them all the time as they can just plug in their favorite music and drown out the external world.

Pros.

  • Has access to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant  
  • Wireless 
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Beautiful design 
  • Noise-canceling

Cons.

  • Can’t fold the headphones 
  • They heat up sometimes especially when in noise-canceling mode 
  • It is heavy for some people

These Bose headsets are the best quality when it comes to wireless headphones. They come with extraordinary features that are useful in today’s tech growing world.

6. HEATED BLANKET:

This soft and comfortable blanket is a perfect gift for someone with anxiety because it is known to improve sleep quality and since people with anxiety often struggle with getting enough sleep, this blanket would be ideal to improve their sleep. It has heat settings that can be turned up or down depending on individual preference.

Pros.

  • Washing machine safe
  • Lightweight
  • Soft and durable
  • It automatically shuts off after 10 hours.

Cons.

  • The dial switch does not have a light.
  • Might take a while to warm up when turned on

This heated blanket is warm and snuggly and has up to 10 dial heat settings so that you can set it for your comfort.

7. CRYSTAL GIFT SET:

Crystals are known for their healing powers and the ability to align your chakras. This gift will improve a depressed person’s outlook on their circumstances.

Pros.

  • Beautiful and vibrant 
  • Excellent quality 
  • Beautifully packaged

Cons.

  • Stones might not be authentic/natural

Beautifully crafted stones that help with stress relief and energy/aura cleansing.

8. SCENTED CANDLES:

Aromatherapy has throughout history been considered as a natural way of healing people’s minds and enhancing people’s moods. Scents such as lavender and vanilla are considered soothing and have calming abilities. Scented candles for someone with anxiety are a great way to stimulate their senses and also amazing aides for meditation, serving as a mild distraction from the chaos in their minds. Alternatively, you can also get them essential oils and an oil diffuser for the same effect.

Pros.

  • They smell amazing 
  • They are long-lasting 
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Pre-wrapped for gifting

Cons.

  • Some customers complained that the candles produced no scent when lit, however, this can be attributed to the fact that the scent is subtle and not overwhelming.

These candles made from Soy burn for longer and are infused with different essential oils to deliver a relaxing and refreshing scent to your atmosphere.

ITEMS TO HELP WITH ANXIETY

9. FIDGET SPINNER:

The colorful patterns on this fidget spinner are perfect for mood stimulation. The spinner helps reduce anxiety levels especially in public and when the person with anxiety is thrown into situations that they would otherwise avoid.

10. HONEY STIX:

These snacks are great because they provide the same effect as fidget spinners which transfers the mind from thinking about whatever is causing it anxiety to the task which is eating the stix. They take longer to melt and so the person won’t eat a lot of them if they should be stuck in a situation for longer periods than anticipated.

11. YOGA MAT:

A yoga mat is essential if the person who struggles with anxiety practices meditation of any kind. This helps them with the mental preparation of their routine, people with anxiety like precision and preparation.

12. RELAXING BATH SET:

Sometimes all it takes for the mind to be at ease and unwind is a relaxing bath. Aide their relaxation day by giving them a relaxing bath set with their favorite smells and fragrances.

13. WORRY JAR:

DIY using a mason jar, the “worry jar” works the same way as a “swear jar” except instead of money, every time the person with anxiety gets a fear that is crippling them, they should write it down and put it in the jar. The act of writing out the fear itself takes away the fear because often when they read it out loud, they realize how “ridiculous” their fear was in the first place. In the long run, they can come back to their fears and mark out which ones they overcame and journal how much they have accomplished.

THINGS TO DO THAT WILL HELP REDUCE ANXIETY

If you are someone who struggles with anxiety, doing the following might be of help to you to ease your anxiety and avoid having panic attacks.

CUTTING BACK ON CAFFEINE: Caffeine has been known to make people jittery and this is especially elevated in someone who has anxiety. Caffeine spikes brain activity and as someone whose brain actively chooses fear over every other emotion, this is heightened when you drink drinks that have caffeine in it. We suggest that you stick to non-caffeinated coffee or drinks to avoid the hyperactivity in your brain.

GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP: Although it is hard to get sleep when you have anxiety and especially hard when you are going through an episode of anxiety, it is very important that you try to get enough sleep at night. Make sure you put your phone away when you are going to bed and switch off your laptop or television to increase the chances of you falling asleep faster. However, if your thoughts are too loud and you can’t sleep, we have a little hack for you; play something on your laptop that you have watched before, we recommend an animation or a sitcom – something that doesn’t require you to pay attention to. This will act as background noise and you can fall asleep to this for a while. It also helps if you leave the lights on (if your anxieties stem from the fear of being alone)

MEDITATION: Meditation is helpful to people with anxiety because it helps them regulate their thoughts. During meditation, you are in control of what you think and what you ignore or put in the back of your mind. With enough practice, as a person with anxiety, you can be able to push away your fears and replace them with affirming thoughts.

EATING A WELL BALANCED DIET: It is important to keep your body healthy because it houses your whole being. As a person with anxiety whose anxiety stems from body image issues, it is important to understand that health is the goal and not looking a certain way or fitting certain societal standards of beauty and acceptance. Whatever your body type, make sure you are eating healthy and well-balanced meals.

EXERCISING: Exercising has positive effects on people with anxiety because when people work out they release endorphins which can alter moods and leave you feeling much better. Be sure to work out whenever you can and especially when your mind is spiraling within itself and raising those fears again.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are some gifts you can get for a stressed-out girlfriend?

First things first you have to find out what is causing your girlfriend to feel stressed out in the first place, there are many factors that can cause the feelings of tress. Once you have figured out the source of her stress, it will be very easy to plan for gifts that will make her feel better again. Remember to always buy gifts that your girlfriend will enjoy and this depends on her personality and other things that she likes doing. Here are some articles that can help you improve your girlfriend’s mood:

Are there any anti-anxiety gifts that are available online?

Let’s begin by saying that there is no such thing as an “anti-anxiety gift” because that would insinuate that there are items out there that eliminate and cure anxiety disorders. With that being said, there are a lot of items online that you can purchase and gift to someone who struggles with anxiety. This article has listed some of the items and we hope you can find something that is a suitable gift to help ease the struggle of living and dealing with anxiety disorders on a daily basis.

CONCLUSION

When you are getting a gift for someone with anxiety, keep in mind of what they go through every day just to be around people and function as well as someone without anxiety. Make sure you center your gifts around their adaptability and comfortability with their interaction with the external world. Be kind and thoughtful when choosing your gifts.

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