I have been looking forward to writing this Gift Guide since I first announced that I was doing them, because it’s one that, I feel, is incredibly important. We all know how important mental health is, and I’m so glad that it is being taken more seriously.
For me, this category was an opportunity to think outside the box and come up with Christmas Ideas that weren’t conventional but rather gifts that people need in their lives.
These aren’t one-off gifts or gimmicks to try and cheer someone up. These are long-term ideas that will help to boost their mental health.
As such, I am really excited to tell you all about these Grimsby and Cleethorpes-based businesses and the amazing Mindful Gifts they each have to offer…
AP Sports Therapy
Despite its name, Sports Massage actually isn’t exclusively used by athletes. Absolutely anyone can benefit from it, no matter their activity levels. As such, it can be used for:
Movement that is restricted
Why would Sports Massage be a Great Gift?
There is a lot of research into the relationship between chronic pain and depression or anxiety, which can work both ways (ongoing pain can cause people to avoid situations as they worry about the pain, whilst long-term anxiety can cause the body to compensate for tense posture which ultimately can cause pain).
Her walks with Mabel alone are incredibly motivating.
What Gift can G-Fit offer?
12-Week One-to-One Online Training. For people with depression, anxiety etc getting active isn’t the easiest. We lack motivation and we need someone to keep us in check. This 12-week programme is the perfect initial kick up the bum to help your loved one kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
For me, I know that when I’m at my lowest, the idea of walking into a gym is definitely not going to happen, because I get overwhelmed with feelings of comparing myself to others there. With online training, all of the pressure of performing in front of others is completely removed, helping to build up confidence towards – hopefully – entering the gym.
Ginny’s Photography is a Grimsby-based art gallery that offers a variety of projects including creative workshops, life drawing and open art exhibitions. It might not seem like an obvious choice for a Christmas Gift, but trust me on this one because Ginny’s Photography – as the name might suggest – is also a Photography Studio.
What Gifts can Ginny’s Photography offer?
Many of us hate having our photos taken on a normal day, however when combined with burlesque sessions that are designed to build confidence, photography sessions can do a lot more for someone’s mental health than we might initially give credit for. The sessions will help the individual to own their power and natural beauty that will shine through on camera.
Don’t believe that it will be all good angles and good lighting. It will be more about how the person feels at the time of the photo shoot, no matter your age, body shape or size.
Tina’s Housekeeping offers a professional range of domestic cleaning services covering Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding areas. They offer everything from regular cleaning and ironing to deep cleaning.
What Gifts can Tina’s Housekeeping offer?
This is another unconventional one, however for a lot of people with depression, a gift voucher from this business could be an absolute sanity saver. If you follow Mrs Hinch, you will know that she is an advocate for using cleaning as way of dealing with mental health issues. Whilst we all handle things in different ways, I know that my own mental health is heavily connected to factors such as cooking and cleaning.
Purchasing a gift voucher for cleaning can be a huge weight off the shoulders for someone with depression.
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