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Mental Health Holiday Gift Guide

0002427001569959857.jpgI had so much fun putting together ideas for gifts that would be both meaningful to and helpful for your loved ones this gift-giving season. Check it out:
1. Eat Yourself Calm 
I talk a lot about the mind-body connection and what we eat absolutely affects how we feel. Whether you need to boost your energy levels, calm your mood swings or placate your irritability, this book will provide you with lots of information and recipes.

2. Start Where You Are
I fell in love with this interactive journal while perusing a bookstore and knew I needed to put it on my gift list. Not only is it pretty to look at, but the prompts are thought-provoking and creative. Purchase this book if you or someone you know would love a motivation or mindfulness boost. Or both!

3. Light Therapy Lamp
Many folks suffer during the winter months due to low levels of light. Light is the body's cue to stay alert, optimistic, and helps us get through the day. When this Mini Daylight is directed towards the eyes, light receptors in our retina fire off messages throughout or body. Ultimately, the brain reacts as if its a sunny summer day even though its in the middle of the winter.  When used daily, the Mini Daylight will improve your mood, increase your energy and reset your body clock. Most people will see results within 30 days, often much sooner. Effective in 85% of cases. 

4. Himalayan Salt Lamp
We have one of these in the waiting room here at Hemispheres Counseling Center. Yes, they're gorgeous, but there's also some solid science behind these buddies. Salt lamps increase the amount of negative ions in the air. "Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.

Be sure the lamp you purchase is not an imitation, but made from pure Himalayan salt. 

5. The Mindfulness Coloring Book
By now you've seen these everywhere - and for good reason. Mindful coloring is a simple yet powerful practice that combines the proven, time-honored tradition of thoughtful meditation with the growing popularity of adult coloring books, and shows that any activity, done right, can be an exercise in mindfulness.

In The Mindfulness Coloring Book, accomplished illustrator Emma Farrarons presents 70 intricate and beguiling patterns to help you color your way to tranquility. 

6. Essential Oil for Tension and Stress
Known for their soothing effects on both the mind and body, the essential oils in PastTense quickly, promote feelings of relaxation and calm emotions. PastTense comes in a convenient 10mL roll-on for easy application when at work, school, or home. Simply apply to the neck, shoulders, or behind the ears to help calm emotions while breathing in the cooling, distinctive aroma of PastTense. Massage into shoulders, neck, and back for a cooling, soothing sensation. Add to temples and back of neck before taking a test or presenting in public. Apply to the wrists while traveling to help calm emotions

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