Father’s Day Gifts That Relax and Inspire

Father’s Day is just around the corner on this 16 June, and it isn’t always easy to come up with something new and different for Dad. The traditional gifts of ties and mugs feel tiresome year after year, but at least they’re useful and practical. This year, why not get Dad a gift that is a little more unique, but still just as needed? Here are six Father’s Day gift ideas to help you think beyond the clothing accessories this Father’s Day:

Give Him the Gift of a Restful Sleep

Pillows aren’t something that most people think to buy for themselves, but a restful night’s sleep makes all the difference in the world when it comes to physical and mental wellness. Pillows can also easily collect dust mites, dander, and other allergens that make getting any kind of sleep feel impossible. A set of hypoallergenic pillows is a welcome Father’s Day surprise. Know your dad is picky when it comes to his pillows? Get him these hypoallergenic pillow covers instead.

Encourage Him to Try New Ways of Cooking

A Halogen oven lets you roast, bake, and more, all with less time and less fat. The  convection technology keeps meats flavourful on the inside and crispy on the outside. Halogen ovens are a favourite amongst many home cooks, especially across the pond in the States.

Get Him Exercising

This one’s a Father’s Day splurge, but well worth the purchase. He’ll be able to keep up his fitness routine (or start a new one) no matter the weather or how long his workday with a desk cycle. A personal favourite of my own, he can use this to get exercise even when he’s just scrolling through social media on his phone. This version is quiet and adjustable, with eight resistance levels for when he wants a bit of a challenge, too.

Give Him Something for His Tunes

Your dad likely has a stash of old vinyl records tucked away in his closet just waiting to be played. There’s been a huge resurgence in vinyl and even cassette tapes in recent years, likely thanks to our technology booming society looking for a slower pace with a touch of nostalgia. Even Aldi is getting in on the act, selling boomboxes and turntables in their stores for Father’s Day this year. Let your dad relive his childhood and enjoy the healing power of music with this best selling record player from 1 by One.

Let Him Relax with a Foot Spa

It’s another gift that he’ll never buy himself, but getting pops a foot spa this Father’s Day guarantees him the much needed opportunity to relax and recharge. These foot baths aren’t just relaxing, either. Foot spas also come with an array of health benefits, including increased circulation.

Write a Meaningful Card

Of course, at the end of the day, what your dad most wants is your words. These dog-themed greeting cards are so much fun and provide the perfect outlet for your Father’s Day thoughts. You can also appeal to his sense of humour with this Star Wars card featuring the classic Darth Vader line or this brilliantly British card, both listed on The Evening Standard’s list of this year’s best Father’s Day cards.

What are you planning to gift your dad for Father’s Day? Did any of these ideas spark your interest? Let me know on Facebook or in the comments below. Don’t forget to sign-up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest tips and tricks for better wellness and a happier you.

The Surprising Benefits of a Foot Spa

There’s no question that our feet take quite the beating from day to day. We typically take them for granted until something goes wrong, like breaking a foot after a fall or that terrible feeling when a toe collides with a piece of furniture. Otherwise, our feet usually go unnoticed as they continue carrying us through each day, and this makes their health another important piece of our overall wellness.

You see, our wellness toolbox, so to speak, is filled with an array of seemingly simple tips and tricks that, when put together, add up to a healthier, better feeling you. Just like  mindfulness and meaningful exercise, the care and keeping of our feet is another small, but effective way to improve our health  — and it has an impact on both of these practises.

Treat Your Feet with a Foot Spa

While a hot soak in the tub is certainly soothing for body and mind, there are many benefits to investing in an actual foot spa. These machines range in price, design, and special features, but all offer a host of benefits that may surprise you.

Foot Spas Increase Circulation

Most foot spas involve some degree of vibration and/or massage, which stimulates an increase in circulation throughout the feet. The heat of the foot spa also increases circulation. Good quality circulation is important for all aspects of your physical health. While physical activity is an ideal way to boost your circulation, a foot spa is another addition to your health regimen that can make a difference.

Foot Spas Help with Injury Healing and Prevention

If you’re a runner or participate in other high-impact sports, foot spas give your feet ample time and space to rest and recover. Proper recovery from activity is a key way to avoid injury. If you’re already injured, a foot spa can potentially provide healing heat to reduce soreness and reduce distress. Of course, you’ll want to be gentle when using the bath with an injury, particularly when it comes to any massage aspect of the machine. Don’t continue to use the machine if you experience pain, or play around with the features so that the bath is only interacting gently with your foot.

Foot Spas Can Help Manage Certain Medical Conditions

Foot spas have been shown to provide benefit for people with a variety of conditions that can affect people, including arthritis, the painful condition plantar fasciitis, and even diabetes. Foot spas also make a difference for people with arch differences or who are prone to calluses, as they reduce pain and soften the feet.

As always, make sure your GP gives you the go-ahead before incorporating a foot spa alongside your prescribed pain management therapies, but these devices have shown to be considerably helpful. With diabetes, for instance, the boost in circulation that is received from a foot spa can potentially be extremely beneficial for the body. For people with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a thick tissue band that runs across the bottom of your foot and is common amongst people who spend a lot of time on their feet, a foot spa can provide welcome massage for the pain.

Foot Spas Decrease Stress and Promote Positive Mental Health

Many foot spas provide a small case or other way for you to add essential oils that have been shown to benefit mental wellness. Oils such as jasmine, lavender, and ylang ylang are just a few of the oils that have been studied for their potential to calm and relax. You can also often add salts, such as Epsom, which is actually magnesium, and a vital mineral for stress reduction, as well as for pain. Other oils, such as peppermint oil, can be helpful for reducing inflammation. Be sure to closely follow the directions included with the foot spa of your choice, and to read descriptions thoroughly before purchasing.

As you experience your foot spa, you might consider using this time to practise aspects of mindfulness, focusing on the feeling of the warm water or the vibrations against your feet. You may also choose to read, another meditative activity. All of this will have the added result of reducing your blood pressure and calming your mind.

Other Tips and Tools for Feet Care

After your foot spa, you may also choose to carefully use a pumice stone or other product to exfoliate your feet, particularly if you tend to suffer from calluses. This would be a great time to apply your weleda arnica massage oil or similarly healthy lotion, and give your feet one final pressing. Many foot spas will come with a foot care kit, such as a toe nail brush, nail clippers, and even a stone. This entire experience can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Make sure to follow all instructions regarding the operation of your foot spa, particularly in regards to its cleanliness. The last thing you want is for your relaxing foot spa to become a breeding ground for infection. Your foot spa should come with instructions for properly cleaning and maintaining the device.

Achieving a Physical and Mental Health Balance

Wellness isn’t focusing on any one part of the body or mind. Wellness includes everything from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, and tending to that which carries you through your days can result in a happier, healthier you. Don’t forget about other important parts of foot care, too, like replacing shoes when they are worn. This is especially important for runners, as wearing shoes that are worn-out can result in injury.

Have you given thought to splurging on a foot spa this year? Are you surprised to learn of the benefits that come simply from respecting our feet? Share in the comments and on Facebook, where you can learn more about my tried and true techniques for mind and body wellness, as well as stay up-to-date as I prepare to launch my upcoming mindfulness book.