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Need A Last Minute Gift? 4 Useful Surprises Anyone Would Love

Need A Last Minute Gift? 4 Useful Surprises Anyone Would Love

Whether it’s Christmas, a holiday, birthday, or special occasion, it always seems that it’s a good idea to have various gift ideas for the occasion. You never know when you might need a quick gift or accidentally may forget a birthday. However, you don’t want to be stuck giving the same generic gift that everyone gives every year that no one likes.

Below are ideas for various gifts that are easy to purchase and can be customized easily depending on the person you’re giving it to. Use the ideas below as ’emergency’ gifts for any occasion you may need a little something special for someone.

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Meal Delivery

This is a gift that those who don’t like to shop or don’t have time to shop would enjoy. There are several companies online where you can place an order for groceries and/or frozen in any amount to be delivered as well as prepared meals that the person simply has to put in the oven to enjoy.

Orders are usually delivered once a month, making it a convenient option for those who like to stock up on food so that they can plan their meals. This is an ideal gift idea for a senior citizen, someone who is disabled or someone who just had a baby. This is also great for those who have recently lost a loved one or may be adjusting to a new life situation and are already under a lot of stress. This is a subtle way for you to help them and show that you care for them and want to get them a gift they will enjoy and find useful. You can also have other people chip in on the cost so that you can purchase it for longer, cutting down on how much each individual person pays.

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Maid Service

Most people want a clean home but find that it’s sometimes hard to accomplish the task during the week. Give the gift of a maid service to help someone have a cleaner home that is enjoyable. You can choose anything, from a basic cleaning service each week or once a month to a detailed service that will help with everything from laundry to preparing meals. This is also another gift idea that you could potentially have a group go in on to cut down on individual costs or be able to purchase the service for longer.

E-Gift Cards

Since more people are ordering items online and are having them delivered to the home, why not give an e-gift card? You can get a card from a specific company that the person would like or a general card that can be used anywhere online.

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Consider getting a few cards in different amounts as a surprise so that the person can get what is desired for personal use or for the home.

Beauty Gift Subscription

This is a gift that tends to be more for women as beauty boxes usually contain makeup, but there are a few companies that are now offering the same services for men so they can get razors, shaving gels and other toiletries.

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There are boxes of different sizes that you can order that are sent once a month to the person. A curated box is a good place to start before the person customizes what they get in the future.This is a fun way to get the gift that keeps on giving, as you could sign up for a subscription.You could also get the box customized to what the person enjoys or what you think they would enjoy. Either way, this is an extremely creative and easily personalized gift they are sure to love.

From food to makeup, there are several ideas for last minute gift ideas in case you forget someone on your list. Think about the needs that the person might have and what would benefit the person the most. It’s not about the amount that you spend, but the time you get to spend with family and friends that really matters.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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