With self-quarantine being implemented across the world due to coronavirus, our day to day lives have been upended. From wearing masks at the grocery store to curbside pick up at restaurants, things are more different than they’ve ever been. So with everything going on as of late, we could all use a good pick me up. What better way to lift spirits then by giving gifts to the ones we love most?
While giving and receiving gifts sounds like a treat we could all use right about now, what gifts are worth giving in a world of social distancing and lock downs?
Journals are the perfect gift for anyone struggling with their thoughts during these odd times. Writing out your feelings in a book dedicated to doing just that can be a tremendous help. In fact, much research has shown that journaling is great for one’s mental health.
According to the Health Encyclopedia by the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling can help manage anxiety, reduce stress and can even help one cope with depression. This coupled with other healthy habits like exercise and eating a balanced diet, your loved one will feel prepared to tackle life in self-quarantine.
For the fitness fanatic in your life, an online workout membership is the ideal gift. With gyms being closed across the country, many people are feeling restless and desperate to get their bodies moving. Online workout classes are a huge craze right now, meaning prices are lower than ever. Better yet, the options are endless. Try a hand at Pilates with Melissa Wood Health. At only $9.99 per month and with weekly workout schedules, it’s thrifty and its effective.
For a full list of other great online workout programs, head to this list at Sportelux.com.
Send a Card
As simple as it may sound, there’s really nothing more uplifting than to receive kind, hand-written words from the ones you love most while in self-quarantine. Despite the physical distance, sending a letter or card to a friend can make the distance feel smaller. Especially for those coping with mental illness during these times, words of encouragement can make a tremendous difference.
According to Mental Health HSF, cards are an appropriate and appreciated means of inspiration for those dealing with metal illness.
Books, books, books!
For many, being made to stay at home can lead to extreme screen usage and “scrolling addiction”. To give your loved ones a break from screen time, send them a good book. There are so many options and genres to choose from, but perhaps the best book to give is one that will take them away from the chaos of the world.
Try out My Life in France by Julia Child, a memoir of the famed chef’s time in France. It’s light hearted and can get your friend dreaming about their future travel plans. Or, take them to an entirely different world with a classic fantasy book such as Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings.
Times may be different but we can pull through together by staying home and sending love in whatever way possible. Be it a journal a book a workout or a card,