With the Holidays rapidly approaching I wanted to do a quick Most Wished For Items post. Keep in mind that in our home we are dealing with some major Anxiety and Depression and PTSD issues.
I will be referring to Amazon throughout this post and just want to be upfront that I am an Amazon Associate and I will earn a commission for any qualifying purchases. This does not change the fact that I am here to share our story and give suggestions regardless of the Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items Amazon presence. I just share what has worked well for us and not so well for us.
Energy levels are usually poor in one’s suffering from anxiety and depression. If they mention they should get a gym membership and start to workout DO NOT go all in and buy the year long membership to save some money.
LEARN from my mistakes!
In the past we have paid for a one-year membership to a local gym that was used three times in the entire year. YES that came out to just under $100 per each 20 minute stop and I am pretty sure the one visit she just used the tanning bed.
Maybe start out with a trial one month at a time. Keep in mind that everyone goes back to the gym in January so if crowds are an issue…maybe try an exercise bike or treadmill that someone has lying around collecting dust for a while and see how that goes.
In our home going for walks and using small weights while watching a movie is about all HC can sometimes muster. I am not saying to discourage the energy boost but just be cautious that it is just not a 48-hour burst before going all in.
Does your loved one lounge around in sweatpants and a hoodie? Or maybe an oversize T-shirt and boy shorts. If so, don’t go off and buy some cutsie little pajama set from some fancy store.
LEARN from my mistakes!
The PJ sets I have bought for her have been sold at yard sales or donated to community projects.
In the comfort categories I always recommend a nice small weighted blanket to lounge around with and have that secure feeling that it brings. We have three and my daughter without the anxiety issues wants one for Christmas this year.
Cute socks can be a great stocking stuffer. A new charger for their phone is a great pick. But be careful not to try to re-dress the way they feel comfortable lounging around. Just support the way they feel comfortable until they can get the anxiety or depression under control.
But remember it is a good idea to buy a spare so occasionally the most favorite lounge-wear can be washed.
Don’t Try to Change Them
This one is a BIG ONE. If she says she doesn’t want something I offer to buy for her then 99% of the time she doesn’t want it.
Just because I think that she should read an awesome book on self-help or listen to a great video series that I heard does not mean I should buy it for her.
LEARN from my mistakes!
Let the professionals deal with that stuff and just keep on loving on them. I have found my role is not to fix my daughter (believe me I have tried) but instead offer her all the love and support that I can while she is going through these struggles.
I often times read a book or an article that helps me better understand how she may feel but me trying to help her is about as helpful as me trying to replace the engine in my car.
NOT a good idea.
The Gift Card Rules
It may not be the most original of all choices but I have found that the Amazon Gift card is a huge hit for our home. Make sure to Shop Amazon Gift Cards. Any Occasion. No Expiration. They can be used without leaving the house and for us that is crucial.
Amazon is not the only place with gift cards but just make sure after a period it doesn’t start to deduct a monthly fee. In the past we have made some poor choices on gift cards and when we went to use them they had actually lost value.
You can fancy up the packaging if you want but giving a gift card has become a staple in our home. Amazon has grown to such a catch all of the good quality products that I find it hard to find something there that they don’t sell.
Keep in mind IF you have a loved one who actually has hinted around or asked for something (lucky you). Go for it and make someones day. Just be sure it is a request that seems doable considering the state of mind they are in at the time. Remember that gym membership you just read about.
But if you come from somewhere similar to my home… Amazon Gift Cards Rule.
Shopping is easy. Shipping is easy. Returns are easy. It’s a no-brainer in our world.
Also for those of you who find it hard to just give a gift card as a gift please feel free to check out my article on subscription boxes here at https://halfcrazedmom.com/pura-vida-bracelets-style-pack-quiz/.
Keep on fighting the good fight.