I put a lot of thought into gift giving. I think it is important to choose gifts that suit the individual, not just go out and buy random crap that is on sale. A gift that reflects a person and takes into account what they need, means that it won’t end up in a corner somewhere or re-gifted. It is also an opportunity to promote good mental health and well being. The following are perfect gifts for bipolar people, regardless of diagnosis or acceptance of the disorder, because honestly, I would be thrilled to receive any of these as Christmas presents too.
I have to admit I am a stationery geek so the thought of a fresh new book is like heaven to me. Recording your thoughts, tracking your moods and celebrating your successes is very therapeutic. It also helps stay on track with your treatment plans. If a journal is too intimidating, try this one that I personally use and have gifted, One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book. You only have to commit to one line a day and I love that you can look back every year to see how things have changed, what worked, and what did not work.
Adult Coloring Books And Supplies
Remember the feeling when you were little and received a new coloring book or when you opened a new box of crayons for the first time? Remember the sensations? How you would inhale the scent of wax? You can give that same experience to an adult too. Coloring is all the rage for adults now and it is a great way to relax and unwind plus explore your creative side.
Fidget Spinners Aren’t Just For Kids
Many people that have bipolar disorder suffer from anxiety, especially in social situations. It really helps to keep your mind occupied when your hands are busy. There are literally hundreds of fidget spinners to choose from and I bet you can find one that your loved one will find soothing.
Audio Meditational Books
Books are always a great gift but sometimes people with bipolar disorder have trouble concentrating. It is just too difficult to get through a book. That is why audio books, meditation tapes and motivational podcasts are great. They just have to listen.
Though I absolute love motivational wall art, being able to take your affirmations with you everywhere you go is even better. You can find bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces to suit any age or gender and there are many different sayings available to choose from. You can also have a personal message engraved on jewelry at your local jewellers.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
Sleep is a very important component of any treatment plan for people with bipolar disorder. I don’t know how these lamps work but honestly, mine helps me have a more restful, deeper sleep. Be sure to check out the guidelines for suggested lamp sizes according to bedroom size.
If you live in a country that has a very dark winter or if your bipolar family member also suffers with Seasonal Affective Disorder, you should talk to your doctor about introducing light therapy into your treatment plan. As little as a half an hour a day can make a huge difference in mood.
Please remember that Christmas can be a very hard time for those with bipolar. You need to help them plan ahead and be prepared. Check out some suggestions here.
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!
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