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The word caregiver in itself alludes to the fact that this person gives care to others, but oftentimes they don’t have time to take care of themselves. Individuals who take care of others are at risk of caregiver burnout, which can cause moodiness, irritability, isolation, and lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. The best gift you can give the caregiver in your life this season will make their life easier and enable them to finally indulge in some self-care. Not sure what to get? The following suggestions will get you well on your way:
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Rather than a single gift, why not give a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year? As a caregiver, it can often be difficult to find time to eat healthy, so snacking becomes the quickest and easiest option. This could mean fast food stops, gas station munchies, or the nearest bag of chips. Fortunately, there are services that deliver healthy snacks to your door each month, and are packed with more than just the cliché granola or fruit – think guacamole bites! However, it’s okay to indulge in a few sweet treats now and then, so consider all of your subscription options such as monthly ice cream, chocolate, and cupcakes to name a few.
There are other weekly/monthly gifts that can benefit not only the caregiver, but those around them. For example, if your loved one is a dog owner, a big source of stress might be finding the time to walk and play with him. Why not pay for a year’s supply of dog walking? You’ll be happy to learn that there are even monthly treat boxes for dogs (and cats) that are filled with toys, treats, and dental/grooming products. This is the perfect way to indulge the furry friend in their life, as well as encourage some much needed play time and snuggles.
Stress Relief 101
Who doesn’t love a little bit of pampering? A massage is the ultimate form of stress relief, as it not only relieves stress, but requires that your loved one get out of the house and away from the caregiving role, at least for a short time. Call up your local spa and ask about their massage options. Perhaps you could make it the ultimate day of pampering with a facial, mani/pedi, and a gift card to their favorite lunch spot. Unfortunately, your loved one might insist that they simply don’t have the time. Perhaps you could offer to take on the caregiving duties for the day so that there are absolutely zero excuses. Better yet, you could bring the spa to them with their very own massage chair for blissful relaxation at the end of a long day.
The options are unlimited when it comes to stress relief gifts, ensuring that whatever you choose will be much appreciated. Just think about what areas in your loved one’s life could use a little TLC. Perhaps they often complain of not getting enough sleep, so a sound machine or body pillows for supported sleep would both be great options. Ultimately, the best gift you can give will be the gift of time for themselves. Perhaps you, your family, and friends could team up to offer a day off from caregiving duties once a week. Your loved one can use this day to catch up on sleep, attend appointments that have been put off, grab lunch with a friend, or revel in the fact that they can do absolutely nothing.
The holidays are mere weeks away, but with the suggestions here, you can be sure that the caregiver you know and love will appreciate the gift you give them. So, gift a little self-care and stress-relief this year for the caregiver who gives their all to make the lives of others merry and bright.
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