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10 Super Affordable Christmas Gifts You Can Buy For Your Colleagues

10 Super Affordable Christmas Gifts You Can Buy For Your Colleagues

Christmas is here again, and if you are someone who fell in love with reading and has never shown any signs of giving up, I’m sure you’d fancy a gift that aligns with your hobby. Small gestures that include tokens of appreciation are usually the best options, though reading addicts would rather have something that’s a bit useful and long-lasting.

However, they often face the dilemma of whether to buy new books and pens or perhaps opt for something that isn’t expensive, but still worthy. Whimsical bookshelf accents are perfect, but they are commonplace and a bit pricey. That means, there’s a whole lot of items to choose out there, and it takes a smart mind to do that for this Christmas bash!

I’m someone who loves reading too, and within our little reading club, we managed to narrow down a list of fantastic Office Christmas Party gifts available for purchase online.

1. A Silicone Tea Infuser

    A tea infuser for that end-year Christmas party isn’t a conventional choice, and it won’t be useless either. This Fred and Friends MANATEA Silicone Tea Infuser is perfect because it is soft, food-safe and won’t affect the taste of your tea. Above all, it is insanely cheap at less than $10!

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    2. Post-it Pop-up Notes Dispenser 

      Unlike the others, this beautiful and Apple-shaped Post-it Pop-up Notes Dispenser packs up double the sticking power due to its unique adhesive. For less than $7, you will never have to struggle to store your to-do lists of all sizes and shapes again!

      3. A Well-organised To-Do Pad

        To-do lists are there to conveniently help remember essential chores and act on them in an organized manner. But for your Christmas party, you have no reason to buy something ordinary, yet there’s a better To-Do Pad for go-getters and gadabouts. 60 sheets for just $7 isn’t bad, right?

        4. A Mini Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

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          With it as a gift, you will never have to use a tissue paper or anything to clean up dust, dirt or cigarette ash. The beautiful-looking and Portable Beetle Ladybug cartoon cleaner fits in your palm and is powered by an AA battery for a perfect clean. Get it for less than $10!

          5. Four Cute Stress Reliever toys 

            Adorable, soft, slow rising, squishy and excellent as stress relieving hand wrist toys, these four pieces will keep you engaged and spirited. Instead of feeling sad, depressed or angry for no reason, buy these 4PCS Kawaii Squishy Toys – they are very cheap!

            6. Protective Laptop Case Sleeve Bag

              Reading addicts need always to protect their laptops, phones, and tablets. Instead of carrying a bag, why don’t you buy this cheap designer iBenzer Basic 13.3″ Neoprene – soft, light, classy and durable, and compatible with office bag, briefcase, and all backpack types?

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              7. Mindfulness Colouring Book 

                Another excellent gift for any reading lover this Christmas is this Mindfulness Coloring Book, Vol 2. It will help cultivate a mindful focus and fight stress. FYI, this international bestseller has over 100 beautiful pages for just $8!

                8. Big Idea Notebook Set 

                  All ardent readers love having a Journal, and you can buy one for this Christmas. You can choose a large, medium or small!

                  9. Stereo Earphones

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                    They can be a perfect gift too, mainly because everyone loves listening to their favorite music. We’ve got this ultra-soft ErgoFit in earbud headphones with long cord threads and broader frequency response, available in a plethora of colors.

                    10. Natural and Beautiful Log Coffee Mugs

                      If buying a mug is your choice, here’s what you will instantly fall in love with – Coworker Gift Mug Succulent Holder. It is made from the branches of White Oak tree, and as well as being a great coffee mug, it can form part of interior décor!

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                      Last Updated on July 14, 2020

                      How to Get Deep Sleep in 5 Steps Naturally

                      How to Get Deep Sleep in 5 Steps Naturally

                      Why do we need sleep so much? Deep sleep is a blissful state of consciousness and our best beauty treatment. Can we learn how to get deep sleep? Of course!

                      Many of us have problems of getting quality sleep because of various reasons. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia[1]. Millions of people around the world suffer from insomnia.

                      Ultimately, deep sleep plays a crucial role for the quality of life we live.

                      From a biological perspective, a good night’s sleep is important for building a stronger immune system against infections, heart disease, and numerous of other illnesses. It rids our body of exhaustion and pain, frees our mind from any sorrow or worry, and may even prevent diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s[2].

                      The Wisdom of Deep Sleep

                      If you’re wondering how to get deep sleep naturally, keep reading. Sleep is a mental phenomenon. Its subtlety and complexity, especially when it comes to deep sleep, is of a spiritual, metaphysical nature; however, it is impacted by various external factors.

                      These factors are the physiological and psycho-social aspects of our life that play a main role in sleep disorders. By not exploring the nature of deep sleep and neglecting the physiological and psycho-social aspects of our life, we can create negative habits that cause a vicious cycle that leads to poor sleep.

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                      Deep sleep is explored and practiced in one of the most concise and most important texts of Indian philosophy, the Mandukya Upanishad. The wisdom in this mystic text is quite compressed and might be ungraspable at the beginning, but it offers the answers on deep sleep and the other three levels of consciousness.

                      I’ve been exploring this subject matter for over seven years and have discovered that, apart from the physiological and psycho-social prep work for going to sleep, a certain sense of spirituality and a recognition of the ego is necessary.

                      What Stops Deep Sleep?

                      The cause of sleeping disorders is most probably going to lead us to the fact of fragmenting the life of “one-self” in two entities:

                      1. The social identity = me as individual (Ego)
                      2. The external world = as not-me

                      Deep sleep is determined by behavioral influences. If there is no disruption in the circadian rhythm (sleeping during night and being awake during the day) or environmental factors (quiet, dark, rather cool sleeping room), then the question arises: why do I have problems with my sleep? Is there any mental disharmony (dissatisfaction, anxiety, stress, or depression) within me, that prevents me from enjoying deep sleep? If you want to learn how to get deep sleep, it’s important to answer these questions first.

                      To naturally transgress from the wakeful state of consciousness to the deep sleep state of consciousness, we need to develop a sleep ritual to ease us into deep sleep.

                      How to Get Deep Sleep Naturally

                      Try incorporating these five steps into your routine to prepare your body for deep sleep. By experimenting with each of these steps, you’ll find what does and doesn’t work for you and your consciousness.

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                      1. Shower at the End of the Day

                      This is a good way to calm down mentally and to feel comfortable and clean in your skin. If you have no possibility to take a shower, than wash your face and teeth properly. Enjoy this step and start slowly retreating from the day. Make this one of your last physical activities for the day.

                      Express gratitude that you’re able to retreat peacefully, wherever you are and whoever you’re with. Stop talking, verbally as well as mentally.

                      2. Shut Down the Mental Chatter

                      Decide not to think about anything that concerns tomorrow, yesterday or today. Your highest priority is sleep.

                      Your smartphone and the rest of the gadgets should be switched off, your kids should be tucked in, and everything should be set to hibernation mode. In case something happens and takes you out of this step, step 3 below is the technique to be applied.

                      3. Soothing Exercises

                      There are several relaxation techniques you can do to sooth your body before sleep. Stretch your spine by pulling up your arms above your head. Let your breathing lead the body movement in order to relieve tension in your muscles. Gently rotate your pelvis, making circles to the left then to the right. Do this for at least 3-5 minutes.

                      For another 3-5 minutes, stretch your mandibular muscles by gently opening and closing the jaw. Massage your head, neck, and jaw muscles, gently circulating with your hands. This will relieve this whole area of tension and prepare your body to fall asleep easier and quicker. Again, let your breathing lead the movement of your hands.

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                      4. Deep Breathing

                      If you try nothing else before going to sleep, at least give this a go. Slow, controlled breathing can reduce your heart rate, lower stress hormones[3], and relax your muscles, all of which are essential in preparing your body for deep sleep.

                      Simply pay attention to your breath and breath gently, slowly and deeply. Following the flow of your breath will break down the process of thinking.

                      This conscious, deep breathing technique is the only natural way to stabilize your heart rate, your body temperature, and calm/cease your mental fluctuations. As a result, the nervous system soothes and stabilizes the production of hormones.

                      All these factors take you more effectively and more efficiently to the so called N3 stage of NREM sleep:  deep sleep.

                      5. Meditation

                      Continuous, conscious deep breathing leads you automatically to a meditative state of mind in which all bodily functions are balanced and prepared to regenerate in sleep. Do the following meditation practice:

                      Consciously generate thoughts about how your breathing pattern will take you from this wakeful state of consciousness to deep sleep in a peaceful way. Meditate on yourself as a pure being that has no form or name. This is quite abstract, but so is deep sleep. In the state of deep sleep, there is no body, no mind, and no experiencer. So, let your “self” be carried into deep sleep by not analyzing how it’s done.

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                      When the state of deep sleep has transgressed to the state of wakefulness, the concept of the social identity acknowledges the experience of nothingness.

                      Once you’ve gained expertise in this step, you will never have problems falling asleep, given that your circadian rhythm and environmental factors remain in tact.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Many people have their own specific sleep-ritual approach that involves physiological, psycho-social and spiritual aspects. The bottom line is that, if you want to know how to get deep sleep, you must find a way to silence your mind to the extent where no concepts, ideas, or beliefs can influence your wakeful state of consciousness.

                      Take this sleep-ritual approach and allow yourself to put everything aside in order to effortlessly and carelessly transgress into deep sleep.

                      Pay respect to the power of your intelligence that keeps your body healthy every single day, enabling you to enjoy the wonders of life, of which the biggest one is you.

                      Let go of your dilemmas and look deep inside yourself, where the infinite silence of deep sleep resides.

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                      Featured photo credit: Gregory Pappas via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] American Sleep Association: Insomnia: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment
                      [2] National Institute of Health: Sleep deprivation increases Alzheimer’s protein
                      [3] Neurological Science: The role of deep breathing on stress

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