Anxiety can show differently for everyone. As the most common mental health issue in the United States, it affects over 40 million adults every year, and the pandemic exacerbated it even more. Social anxiety can cause difficulty speaking up, while someone struggling with PTSD may need help reducing everyday stress to prevent the onset of panic attacks. So, what better way to show the people in your life that you see their struggle than a gift that supports their mental health journey? In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, here are 12 gifts to help anyone living with anxiety – whether they’re a morning person, a complete night owl, or someone in-between. When looking for gifts for friends or family with anxiety, remember to think of their individual needs first. Your loved ones deserve the best, and gifts that support positive mental health and well-being can also help them feel that way.
Gift Ideas for People Living with Anxiety
- JALL Sunrise Alarm Clock
- No Worries: A Guided Journal to Help You Calm Anxiety
- Kanjo Premium Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set
- Apothékary Starter Restore Set
- Winmau Bristle Dartboards
- Talkspace eGift Card
- Mini Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit
- Caydo Embroidery Kit
- Dr. Teal’s Foaming Epsom Salt Bath Products
- BAIMEI Jade Roller & Gua Sha Face Roller
- MZOO Contoured Sleep Eye Mask
- VITEST Ceramic Stone Essential Oil Diffuser
How you start your morning determines how you go through your day. When you’re jolted awake by a blaring alarm every morning, your first thought is to be on alert. That makes your anxiety skyrocket and trains your body to normalize that stress. Sunrise alarm clocks use gradual increases in light levels to naturally activate your circadian rhythm instead of those sounds that disrupt your sleep cycle. Research shows that timed light therapy, like sunrise alarm clocks, helps reset your sleep/wake cycle, reduces issues of moodiness and stress, and supports your overall well-being.
With anxiety, clearing your mind and body of stress while being bombarded by droves of digital content can be anxiety-inducing in and of itself. The No Worries: A Guided Journal makes the journey to find mental rest so much easier. Journaling can be a game-changer for anyone feeling overwhelmed first thing in the morning – or any time of day, honestly. Daily journaling has been proven to calm mental distress, improve organization skills, and reduce those negative thoughts. Starting the day with the right thoughts can make all the difference, and your anxious morning friends will thank you!
If you’re shopping for someone with anxiety, chances are they either don’t sleep well, can’t wake up rested, or both. The Kanjo Premium Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set is a great gift to help them feel more centered and relieve that early morning stress in acupressure massage mats. They’re an amazing way to alleviate physical signs of stress and have proven to reduce anxiety by stimulating your nerves (in a good way!) to release pressure on certain areas of the body.
If you have an anxious friend notorious for using coffee to get through that mid-day slump and could use an alternative to their caffeine-is-life methods, this is just the pick-me-up to gift them. Apothékary, the world’s first Ayurvedic plant-based farmacy, focuses on using ingredients that work to heal ailments of the body and mind. Their Restore Starter Set includes uber-popular peppermint and hot chocolate tea, Chill The F*ck Out, which helps those struggling with higher cortisol levels due to stress and anxiety. What afternoon jitters?
Who says getting through anxiety can’t be fun? Your friend could use a mental break with a fun game or a cathartic way to de-stress. The Winmau Bristle Dartboard is the world’s most advanced dartboard with a triple wheel lock-and-level system that secures the board to nearly any surface so they can enjoy it at the office, home office, or a party game. Anxious feelings can come from everyday frustrations that build up over time. A simple game of concentration and focus may release tension and help them finish their day with a smile.
Friends don’t let friends not go to therapy. Everyone can use more mental health support these days, and a Talkspace e-gift card is an amazing way to show your anxious friend you care. They offer live video sessions and unlimited messaging therapy with flexible plans and the ability to switch between providers if making decisions makes their anxiety worse. The opportunity to learn the tools for a happier and healthier life is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
Plants are known for being a great addition to someone’s space. An emerging trend in gardening therapy is growing bonsai trees. In fact, bonsai trees are being used in therapy to help reduce stress, improve focus, calm phobias, and decrease anxiety. The Garden Republic Mini Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit comes with four of the mini bonsai tree seed varieties, soil disks, burlap grow bags, bamboo plant markers along with bonsai shears, and double-use wood box and planter. More than a Zen desk feature, this gift boosts mental health through patience, concentration, and creativity and is a great way to wind down for the evening.
A hobby can create fun, spark creativity, and reduce stress and anxiety. When evenings wind down or weekends start, a personal project can be a great way to improve psychological well-being and provide a sense of accomplishment when life gets too stressful. Great for beginners, the Caydo Embroidery Kit comes with a full set of tools, needlework illustrations, embroidery floss instructions, printed patterns, and embroidery frames, so starting is easy. It’s a great way to spend time with your loved one and create something you could use together.
After a long day, nothing sounds better than taking a hot shower and enjoying a muscle-relaxing aromatic bath with Epsom salt and skin healing essential oils. The magnesium in Dr. Teal’s Foaming Epsom Salt Bath products have therapeutic effects of stabilizing mood, relaxing tight muscles, improving symptoms of depression, and relieving anxiety by increasing serotonin (aka, the relaxation hormone) – especially when part of a self-care routine. Anxiety can melt down the drain, and a calm evening can become their new normal.
Self-care is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of anxiety. A gift saying “relax your mind…and your face” is the perfect option for recovering after a long, stressful day. The BAIMEI Jade Roller & Gua Sha Face Roller has become popular lately as an at-home skincare treatment that mimics a spa treatment for muscle tension relief, puffiness reduction, and the uplifting results of a facial massage. Gifting this to help your loved one unwind in their nighttime routine can have a ripple effect beyond reducing fine lines over time.
Studies have shown a connection between sleep deprivation and developing an anxiety disorder. If your anxious friend constantly mentions how little sleep they get or how unrested they feel, help them out with the MZOO Contoured Sleep Eye Mask that blocks light and curved memory foam to cushion the eyes – not squash them. If they meditate, suffer from insomnia, or are frequent travelers, this 3D eye mask may be their new best friend.
What better way to drift off to dreamland than with the soft aromatic glow of a ceramic diffuser? A gift like the IVITEST Ceramic Stone Essential Oil Diffuser creates a relaxing and sleep-inducing environment that helps anxiety nod off to sleep. The waterless auto-off function and whisper-quiet mechanisms make sure issues like safety and noise don’t disturb rest. With nine color-changing LED lights, this diffuser is great for supporting calming yoga and meditation therapy.