Practicing self-care is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. Spending as little as ten minutes on taking care of yourself can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health.
But prioritizing self-care can be a little difficult when you are juggling with multiple responsibilities and (almost) always have a jampacked schedule.
Fortunately, with the right tools in your self-care toolkit, even the busiest people can sneak in some quality me-time into their daily routine.
This holiday season, tell the busy bees in your life that you care about them by pampering them with these self-care goodies that will help them relax and recharge effortlessly:
From long commutes and increased workload to jampacked schedules, the daily grind can be draining, both mentally and physically. Add holiday prep to the mix and you’ve got yourself a heady concoction of stress and anxiety. Help your loved ones relax and refresh on-the-go with Tata Harper’s soothing aromatherapeutic spray. Formulated with natural oils extracted from rose, bergamot, sandalwood and neroli, this potent spritz delivers an instant dose of calm that helps soothe frazzled nerves and improve mood in a jiffy. Just spritz it liberally on your wrists and neck to stay as jolly as an elf, even during the busiest days of the holiday season.
Research shows that aromatherapy offers a variety of therapeutic benefits such as reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, treating insomnia, boosting metabolism and regulating your blood pressure and heart rate. Viva Naturals’ Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is a perfect gift for those who struggle to carve out time for relaxation and practicing self-care. The ultrasonic diffuser uses cool mist instead of heat to vaporize essential oils which maximizes their benefits. While its ionic technology purifies indoor air by fending off dust, allergens and pollutants. In addition, there’s a built-in selection of soothing LED lights to deepen the sensory experience. Its easy-to-use features and compact design mean that your loved one can use it to transform any space into a haven of calm, anytime, at the click of a button.
Let’s be real, not everyone has the time (or energy) to follow an elaborate 10-step daily skincare routine. This is where multitasking products like sleeping masks come in handy. All you have to do is put it on before going to bed and let it work its magic on your skin overnight. Glow Recipe’s luxurious Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is basically facial in a jar. Formulated with amino acid-rich watermelon extract, hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid and pore-refining AHAs, this nourishing mask feeds essential moisture to your skin, deep cleanses pores, evens skin texture and tone and fights free radical damage to improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines.
From alleviating stress and anxiety to reducing restlessness and improving overall sleep quality, weighted blankets offer some serious mood-boosting benefits. These therapeutic blankets use deep touch pressure (DTP) technique to induce a calming effect that can help lull you into a relaxing deep sleep. If you’re looking to buy one for your friend (or, ahem, yourself), look no further than The Gravity Blanket—the holy grail of weighted blankets. Filled with high-quality glass beads, the ultra-luxe blanket is engineered to simulate a comforting hug. Its precise gridded stitching ensures that the glass beads remain evenly distributed, providing maximum comfort. In addition, the blanket comes with a soft micro-plush duvet cover that can be easily removed for hassle-free cleaning. It’s available in different weights, ranging from 15 to 25 pounds. And comes in three neutral shades—navy blue, grey and white.
While stress-busting techniques like journaling have several proven mental health benefits, it can be a little difficult to make time for it on a regular basis if you have a particularly demanding job. So if your loved one has a high-pressure job and doesn’t get much free time, help them de-stress on the go with this deck of interactive cards that contain 50 quick and easy-to-do exercises that help cultivate mindfulness and relieve stress and anxiety. Simply shuffle the cards, pick one (or two) of them and practice what it says. Their compact and lightweight design allows you to easily stash the cards in your bag or backpack and take them with you wherever you go.
Made with a blend of potent essential oils like Roman chamomile oil, evening primrose oil, lavender oil and anti-inflammatory hemp oil, this CBD balm is a perfect self-care tool for those particularly stressful or tiring days that require an extra dose of relaxation and recovery. With a moisturizing shea butter base, this lusciously fragrant balm works its way deep into the skin to soothe soreness, relieve stress, facilitate muscle recovery and alleviate inflammation—so your loved one can wake up refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to seize the day.
This award-winning eye mask is great for anyone who needs a fast fix for tired, overworked peepers. Enriched with skin-rejuvenating ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, caffeine and lavender, this cooling eye mask plumps the skin with moisture, reduces puffiness and smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines. Put these on for as little as five minutes for visibly bright and revitalized under-eye skin. Or, leave the eye patches on overnight so you look as fresh as a daisy the next morning!
Eating homecooked meals is one of the best ways to take charge of what you’re putting in your body. But meal planning and cooking every single day can be tricky if you’re continually pressed for time. Enter: Home Chef. A subscription to Home Chef is an ideal gift for busy people who want to eat more homemade, healthy meals but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Every week, the subscriber will receive a customizable meal kit featuring easy-to-follow recipe cards along with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients. Each meal kit is tailored to fit your schedule, culinary skill levels and dietary preferences allowing you to meal-prep like a pro. You can either choose the recipes yourself from the weekly menu or go with recipes recommended by Home Chef. The meal kit arrives in an insulated, recyclable box with ice packs inside to keep its contents cool and fresh. Home Chef’s meal delivery plans start at $49.99 per week for four meals and $59.99 a week for six meals. And before you ask, yes, you can easily skip a weekly delivery or cancel the subscription anytime you’d like.
Nekteck’s Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager is the perfect self-care gift for those who spend most of their time toiling away at their workstations. The versatile massage pillow uses eight soft and springy massage nodes with built-in heating function to provide a relaxing deep shiatsu massage that soothes soreness, alleviates stress and kneads out all the knots in your neck, back and shoulders. Its robust and user-friendly design makes it ideal for everyday use. What’s more, the massage pillow comes with both wall and car adapters, so you can enjoy on-the-go massages even when you’re stuck in the traffic.
Adding a facial massage tool to your beauty routine is a great way to get a spa-like facial treatment at the comfort of your home. Besides relaxing overworked facial muscles, it promotes lymphatic drainage, boosts complexion and helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, among other things. Made with soothing rose quartz crystal, Angela Caglia’s innovative vibrating facial roller utilizes sonic vibrations to make your skin appear more toned, sculpted, and brighter in a jiffy. With over 6,000 sonic vibrations per minute, the luxe massage tool effectively reduces puffiness, improves blood circulation and elasticity, alleviates muscle tension and promotes skin cell turnover. Plus, it’s Courtney Cox-approved. Need I say more?