November 2017 - What's in the Box?
Often mental illness and caring for ourselves, in general, are both forgotten so that's where we come in! Filling the void of not being able to properly provide for our minds or as much as we would all humanly like to. The thought behind this months box remains ever clearer that sometimes sharing our problems, even if this is only on paper, can help us to feel better about our situation and improve our performance for the day that lies ahead. Teaming up with some inspirational brands, individuals and crafters are some of the highlights of this past month, now let's move things along and see what's inside this latest box our ours!
Something that will remain constant throughout our boxes is the dark spots within them, an uplifting thought, inspirational quote or a task for you to carry out. The details are all in the spot, keep it with you if you like to remind yourself that happiness and being mentally well are never too far away.
As a child, you may have been reminded to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, something that seemed such a large task back then.
Keep that in mind because now we’re asking you to plan five small but productive tasks each day. These could be things that you enjoy or even routines that you carry out day-to-day, whatever it is you decide just ensure you tick them off your list.
Brightly Coloured Drinks Cup
Hydration and ensuring that we get enough of it can sometimes be the least of our worries, during busy periods or days where we mentally aren’t feeling so good. Having a fun cup to enjoy life’s essential vitamins is definitely a great way to encourage ourselves to squeeze in those 2 litres of water a day. The cup itself is only small and means that if we take this goal step-by-step we can achieve our recommended daily intake.
A fun fact to learn from all of this water drinking is that your brain is actually 75 percent of the liquid! This means that missing out on water or dehydrating your body can take its toll on your mental health.
A key point to take from this is that staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy level of water is a great step to towards improved mental stability.
Happiness Diary by Narissa Phipps
After graduating from Loughborough University with a Psychology degree in 2012, Narissa pursued her passion to help others by working with young people in need.
One day in the shower, she asked herself what could be missing to help us all stay on track to a happier way of life and that was it, the Happiness Diary was born. Happiness Diary is a research-based journal and is intended to be used for just five minutes daily, but to create healthy, long-lasting habits towards happiness.
Wow! How inspirational, all this leaves is for us to begin our journey towards a more content lifestyle. All thanks to Narissa and your willpower to keep going.
Behind a Smile Stickers
Available online at behindasmile.co.uk
Through the medium of design and fashion, Behind a Smile explore the concerns linked to mental health and the people that are affected by them.
Stickers from Behind a Smile are just a small token of their work, raising money for charity and raising awareness of the illness are the main driving forces behind this brand.
See their online store for further details of the products offered and spread the word by adding your sticker to something that makes you feel positive on a dark day.
Like the name of the business we all hide behind a fake emotion every now and again, together Darkspots and Behind a Smile are encouraging you to speak out and talk about your mental illness, to help out others in need of support.
Anxiety Art Zine
Available on Etsy - EmilyJulietStevens
Created by Emily Stephens who like so many of us suffers from bouts of anxiety which can result in days of wanting to avoid anything that may trigger this. Whilst staying inside and dismissing any kind of social interaction seems easy, in the long-run, this isn’t healthy for us.
Conquering a fear is the key to overcoming and dealing with something that makes everyday life so painful. Within this artistic zine, you will find statements to help you get through those angst moments and even add to your learning process. The brain sees anxiety as a fight or flight response to emotional abnormalities, often resulting from past experiences.
Have a read and even try them out, if it works for Emily then it’s definitely worth trying out.
Self-Worth Reminder Jar
Every once in a while we need just a small external reminder to let us know that we’re doing the right thing and that we are enough!
Inside the jar, you will find a small bundle of positive messages to help you through those ‘help me’ moments. Feel free to add your own and read them back on darker days when the self-esteem boost is needed.
A good way to ensure that these uplifting thoughts stay with you throughout the day is to read one back to yourself at the beginning of your morning. This can leave you feeling ready for the events ahead and instil a happier outlook towards more negatively impacting items on your agenda.
Positive Message Postcard
Starting the day with a positive message and an open mindset are two of the greatest things to get you off to a good start.
Keep this postcard on display or send it to a friend, after all, everyone needs cheering up once in a while. How good would it make them feel when they see a handwritten message, letting them know that they are thought of? We know if we were to receive a small reminder like this it would make our day!
See self-care doesn’t have to be selfish it’s these mindful acts that keep us going and who knows maybe you’ll get one in return.
Who said that old-fashioned messaging had to die out in this digital age?