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The Best Gifts for Making Someone Feel Better After a Painful Experience

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When someone you know has undergone a painful experience, whether it be the death or illness of a loved one, their own health concerns, a turbulent move to a new job, city, or school, a natural catastrophe, or a break-up, giving a gift can be a wonderful way to show solidarity and to lift that person’s spirits.

As Lech Dvorak wrote, “Dedicate time to your loved ones.” Spending time nurturing and caring for your relationships with others is important to maintain healthy bonds of connectivity.

A present is a gift from the heart to the hands of someone who is passing through a difficult time. It is a non-verbal sign that you are thinking of them and want them to be happy and healed. That consideration alone is a wonderful present to give someone.

To make your present extra special, you don’t need to spend a great deal of money. What is best is a gift that shows your knowledge and concern for the person who is recovering. The perfect present demonstrates that you are attentive to their emotional needs and aware of the things that interest them.

1. Personalize to Please

The best gifts for making someone feel better after a painful experience are the ones that demonstrate that you pay attention to what that person cares about. Consider customizing a gift, such as a T-shirt or coffee mug or wallet. You can have it printed with the person’s name, favorite sports team, school, or city to make it extra-special!

2. Good Sports

If you know that your friend has a passion for sports, and in particular is very interested in volleyball and loves to play every weekend, find awesome gifts for volleyball players at your favorite sporting goods store. Is your friend a yogi? A yoga mat and PBA/PVC-free water bottle will be appreciated. A sports-related gift will encourage the recipient to exercise, which is a wonderful thing for the mind. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression, such as “neurotransmitters, endorphins, and endocannabinoids.”

3. Turn the Page

Another gift that is useful is a something that will take the individual’s mind off their problems, or conversely, show them others who have dealt with a similar situation and overcome it. For this reason, books make a wonderful gift. If you are inspired by a particular book, it makes an awesome gift to unwrap. If not, consider a gift card from a store like Powell’s Books – The World’s Largest Independent Bookstore. They have a wonderful website and they ship!

4. Bubbles Up!

Try making up a basket of organic bath and body care products. You can find lines from your local farmacy to the farmers’ market to upscale boutique lines. Simply fill an attractive basket or pretty gift bag with a loofah, soaps, lotions, and body scent for a fun treat. If you’re unsure how to begin to fill the basket, consider the Weleda brand of beauty products for men, women, and children. Weleda is one of the original lines of organic body and beauty products and they consistently win accolades for cruelty-free beauty products.

5. Go Green

Give a gift of green. There’s something inspiring about a plant. Whether cut flowers, a living plant, or planting a tree in someone’s honor or memory. There are many programs that will plant a tree, such as The National Forest Foundation, among others. Make the world greener and more beautiful as you’re cheering up a friend.

6. Experience It

A new experience may make the perfect present. Whether tickets to a must-see show such as Hamilton or a Southwest Airlines gift card, or season seats to the Lakers, or a night at the opera or the best jazz club in town, a ticket for experience, culture, or travel may be the very thing to help your friend move on. At the very least, it will be sure to inspire someone to get off the couch, and that can be the first step to getting over the painful experience.

7. Color it Beautiful

Creating something can be a meditative way to gain control, relax, and unwind. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the benefits. Give the gift of art supplies. For the more accomplished artist, an easel and professional quality paint may be perfect, while the beginning artist may enjoy one of the best-selling coloring books for grown-ups, such as “The Mindfulness Coloring Book” or “Secret Garden,” and a new box of colored pencils to make life more beautiful. Expressing oneself through creativity can take one’s mind off of one’s problems and help bring focus and clarity into the present moment.

Conclusion

Everyone loves a pleasant surprise. When someone is feeling especially vulnerable after a painful experience, just the pleasure of an unexpected gift can lift that individual’s spirits. “People love to receive gifts, especially if they’re not feeling well. It’s not about the money spent, but just knowing that a person cares.”

Consideration is like a balm. Caring and sharing your concern with a carefully selected present that shows how well you know that person will lift your friend’s spirits.

To feel cared for and nurtured in a concrete way after an especially painful experience is a priceless gift in and of itself, and the thoughtfulness of your present will sustain and grow the bonds of your friendship.

5 Fun Ways To Spend Your Day Off

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It happens to everyone when you spend an entire week in anticipation of your day off and then when it is finally at your door, you have no idea what to do with it. We tend to get our hopes up high and then we just can’t decide what exactly to do when the day comes. So you start to wonder how to enjoy a day off and how to get the most from it.

In this article, we would like to help you figure out the best ways to have fun when you’re off. We did a list of 5 things you can do this weekend. These are:

  1. Exploring what your city can offer you;
  2. Visiting escape rooms games;
  3. Having a gadget-free day;
  4. A hobby day;
  5. Day to fix a relationship.

So, if you are intrigued what all that means we are more than glad to guide you through the awesome ways to spend your days off. Here is our personal list of top 5 things to do on your day off.

1. Have some private time with the city you live in

We encourage you to spend a day off by building or strengthening your relations with the city you live in. It even doesn’t matter if it’s the city you grew up or moved to a few years ago. It feels like home only when you allow the city to be the one. So start your day off with a nice walk, visit memorable places on the way. Remember, when was the last time you had a nice long walk for the sake of walking?

After you are done with that you might look for things city has to offer you today. Find out if there any events to be held in the town square. Maybe there is a crafts fair or a handmade market? If it’s winter time you can enjoy skating on the ice rink or, if the weather is okay, maybe there is an open air movie night. Look up on the internet what the city life has to offer you today and go for it!

2. Try escape room games

If you want to find a fun way to spend a few hours on your day off, escape games are for you. These games are great for everyone despite the age or occupation. This sort of fun activity is perfect for those who are looking for new interesting ways to spend some free time. So if you were wondering what to do on your day off you had just found an answer.

If you are having your day off work then you have all the blessings from us to try playing and beating the escape rooms. That was never easy but somehow we think you will succeed. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your friends or family as well. Escape rooms are one of the best team building games for you to try.

3. Give yourself a no device day

What if instead of questioning yourself where to go on a day off you should concentrate on how to spend it? We believe, and numerous polls confirm it, that it is truly crucial to spend less time on our phones and other devices. We need to go offline time to time and live a real life outside of the internet.

Sometimes we get more tired from checking all the social media than from working 2 or 3 hours. Internet addiction leads to no good anyway. If there is anything truly urgent you will find out, the rest may wait until tomorrow. But the peace and comfort you get after overcoming tech addiction are irreplaceable. You will have to find out new ways to “kill time” and to spend more quality time with your own thoughts.

4. Dedicate one day to your hobbies

There are so many things to do when off work but the best of all would be switching your mind off from work. Quite often, even when we are off work, we still keep returning to it in our thoughts. Did I send that file? Should I do that and this on Monday? That’s getting annoying after a while. So the best way to get rid of those thoughts is to get busy with things you enjoy doing. Your hobbies! It is that simple.

Do you like painting? Get your favorite pencils or paints and draw as long as you have energy and inspiration. Do you like cooking? Make a dinner for your close ones! You can try that recipe you found years ago but never tried. Or find a quiet place at your home and just write a journal entry, if that’s what you feel like doing. Pick a book from your home library and spend an entire day reading. It is truly up to you and your hobby.

5. Dedicate time to your loved ones

Our last tip on how to enjoy your day off might seem obvious but trust us, it is the most important among all of the ways. It happens so often that we start taking our close ones for granted. With our busy lives, we start to forget how nice it can be – to spend some free time only with the people we love. This day you might not go for anything big. Just dedicate your time to absolutely silly things like watching old cartoons or maybe DIY-stuff. You will feel that spending free time doing basically “nothing” together can be extremely fun! Your close friends or your family deserve to have some good quality time with you. So let them!

About the Author

I am Lech Dvorak a Manager at Escape Hour. I am trying to combine my skills and professional background to bring higher-level perspective into my work. Currently, I am sharing my experience and vision on the hot topics from the world of recreation.

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