Gift Ideas for Health and Wellness
Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for health and wellness for the holidays–this list includes things I’m getting for my family and friends so hopefully they won’t read this!
1. A gift certificate: Give the gift of balance and relaxation with a Reiki, Reflexology, and/or Hypnosis gift certificate.
3. 2016 Create Your Shining Year workbook & calendar: These are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar (I like the e-book version) to help create an inspired and shining new year.
4. Hypnosis Recordings: Here’s an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues. While not as personalized as an in-person hypnosis session, I like their recordings a lot, and bought one for my Dad to help improve his golf game. Talk about a unique gift idea! 🙂
5. The 5-Minute Journal: Feeling grateful once a day has been proven to raise your happiness set point, lower stress and boost immune function. It’s an easy way to let go of negative thinking in under 5 minutes, and has become one of my favorite ways to start the day. I’m buying this for my Mom and sis.
Recently, I’ve had many clients coming to me asking how to overcome negative thought patterns and create new and healthier ways of thinking and acting.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine recommended the 5-Minute Journal to me. (In fact, she raved about it.) She noticed she was in a much better frame of mind after she started using it. I’ve been using it for a couple months now, and I agree wholeheartedly.
I found journaling incredibly valuable in the past, but was reluctant (ok, actually quite resistant) to getting back to it. I love how the simple format of the 5-Minute Journal helps me stick to journaling, as well as how it anchors my mornings and evenings.
The journal is based on the principles of positive psychology—it’s been proven over and over again that the more you shift your focus on the positive, the happier you’ll feel. (And yes, hypnosis helps you do this, too!)
The journal helps you cultivate gratitude and promotes inner growth and self reflection and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day. It also helps you get specific and set small, achievable daily goals. And it includes inspiring quotes and weekly challenges.
The best part is that it only takes 5 minutes a day! (This was the huge selling point for me.) You can order it here.
Here’s to focusing on the good in your life. Let me know what you think and how it helps you. We can compare notes!
P.S. Yes, I took my journal on a morning photo shoot—I love sitting outside in the early morning sun and taking a few minutes to do my daily entry.
P.S.S. Want more books I recommend (these are actually books to read). Read this previous post on 3 Books That Will Change Your Life.
January is such a good time to reflect and plan for the year ahead. Here are 3 of my favorite ways to start the new year right.
1. Hypnosis: So often we think we need more willpower or discipline to overcome a bad habit, let go of a fear, or make a big life change. I don’t think that’s it at all. Read on to find out why, in this article I wrote on how hypnosis can help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.
2. 2014 Create Your Amazing Year Workbook & Calendar: In case you missed it, I wrote about this in my last newsletter, and I’ve already received lots of positive feedback from people who already started using them. Check it out!
3. Gratitude Jar: I put this into practice last year and it was wonderful at the end the year to read everything in the jar. I’m doing it again this year–try it and let me know what you think.
As the end of the year approaches, I’m hearing common themes among my clients on how to handle holiday stress, family stress, and work deadlines. There’s also a general feeling that there isn’t enough time to get everything done. Whew! Just reading this list stresses me out. How about you?
If you’ve known me for a while, then you know I like to give you super easy holiday stress tips that don’t take up a lot of your time. I want you to have ways to effectively handle stress that take less than a minute to do throughout your day.
The holidays are a busy time of year, so all the more reason to keep it simple.
How to Handle Holiday Stress: Try This
Think about all the things you’re thankful for. This is one of my favorite things to do when waiting in line, walking down the street, or getting ready to fall asleep at night, and it’s a great way to retrain your brain if you experience negative internal chatter.
So often clients tell me how they try to push that negative self-talk away, or try to turn it off. These strategies often make that voice louder, so thinking about things you’re grateful for simply gives your mind something else to think about. Over time this will become a habit.
Need additional help? Here’s one of my favorite tools for cultivating gratitude and overcoming negative thought patterns.
At all (not even in your head!) for one day. See how it feels; you might notice you’re great at this already, or you might be surprised how often you complain without realizing it. (I’m guilty!)
This tip reminds me of a client who really likes thinking about the things she can refrain from doing, rather than focusing on what she thinks she should be doing to make positive changes in her life.
Stop Saying “Should:”
Speaking of “should,” if you want to take things to the next level, avoid saying what you “should” do. This is also a good one to reduce holiday stress, because often we feel a lot of obligations to be, or do, or give a certain way.
The things we say and think hold an energetic frequency, just like our actions, so giving extra attention to our language is important.
Experiment & Be Creative:
I put together several Pinterest boards to give you creative ideas to extend the effects of your sessions. Whether you get a session or not, there are a lot of great ideas for you to choose from:
From going outside and touching something in nature; saying Gabby Bernstein’s mantra, “I choose to see peace instead of this;” or offering a compliment; experiment with the hundreds of ideas on these various boards and see what works for you to reduce your holiday stress.
I truly hope this helps you alleviate any holiday anxiety or holiday depression (these holiday stress tips work on both!). Let me know what you notice over the days and weeks ahead.
Happy holidays and here’s to a wonderful new year where we can feel more peaceful, calm, and balanced no matter what.
Want additional ways to reduce holiday stress? Here are wellness gifts for everyone on your list.