June 2017 - What's in the Box?
Newcomers, long-time loyal subscribers and brand new one-off order-ers. We would like to thank you for all the support you've given us so far and can't wait for us to make this even more of a future success. This month was particularly dreary, with rain and many deemingly low moments arising but this only meant that our determination to give you the best possible mental help grew.
Here we have for you the contents of our latest monthly box, so let it inspire you and give you hope for positive days yet to come. The theme for this month being 'Occupation', whether it's a long time hobby you enjoy and have done forever or something completely new, we have your back!
Making Sense of Mindfulness - Mind
As a mental warrior we’re sure that you’ll be aware of the charity Mind and all that it does to offer support for those suffering mental woes the most. So we have for you a small snippet of some of the advice they have to offer on being more mindful about your own feelings and how to properly look after yourself.
After all getting a different view, other than our own can sometimes be inspiring and help us to open our minds to new and exciting self-care techniques to try out.
Our hopes for you are that after reading this you’ll be able to look at mind fitness in a different way, a way that allows mental health to be treated on par with physical fitness!
Bubble Wrap Sheet
An annoyance or a stress relieving exercise?
We’ll let you decide.
Here we have for you a sheet of bubble wrap, our aim for you is to pop with pleasure! There’s just something so soothing about popping away at bubble wrap, twisting and turning the sheet trying to make the most creative of sounds. If you’re really feeling it, screw it up and unleash your inner anger, relieve yourself of all the stresses which have been bugging you of late.
A Night at the Movies
Following the theme of ‘occupation’ we have for you a special treat, all that’s needed from your side is to pick the movie. (FYI The Shawshank Redemption is our fave!)
Now for this to go ahead we’ve given you popcorn, which will be ready in just a ping of the microwave and a very handy list of the all-time greatest films, along with a ticket (to make it all official). Set aside a little YOU time and you’re away, make sure you’re completely not distracted and can immerse yourself in a cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home. With friends or just cuddled up in your own company, either will do!
Personally, we sometimes think films are just too long, so feel free to take a break and have a walk around getting yourself ready to relax once again!
Costa Coffee - Gift Card
COFFEE! COFFEE! COFFEE!
OK so try not to get hooked (like us) but we simply love the idea of meeting a friend or sharing an experience with new faces over a coffee (or tea of course!). Loaded with £5 we are giving you the chance to venture out and enjoy a soothing hot or iced drink on us!
The choice of drink is completely yours, whether it’s a latte or a simple breafast tea. Just promise us that you’ll savour the free flavour of a hot drink and maybe a sweet treat, if there’s room.
A little secret: our favourite is an espresso powered latte, sipped slowly, making sure that every last froth filled drop is demolished.
Something that will remain constant throughout our boxes are 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.
We feel as though our loyal subscribers are really starting to get behind us on these dark spots and so our personal message to you is simply: thank you!
Efforts behind this months message are to do with comparison and training your mind to not see your personal flaws as downsides but areas for improvement. For example, when we started out there were doubts about contents and wanting people to use our service, to solve this we did our own thing, without becoming too replicated by anything else already out there. You should too!
Colourful Photo Frame
As far as reflections go it’s easy enough to say ‘look in the mirror’ but what about those not so happy moments when all that’s looking back at you is a blank shell? Well that’s where the picture frame comes in, dig out your favourite happy faced picture or drawing and fill the frame with it!
The frame itself already looks vibrant and colourful but all that’s left is to add your touch. Simply inserting a positive picture of you can make dull days fill with hope of the sunshine yet to come.
Carrying out this can help you to reflect on how far you’ve come and seek to take on the battle ahead. We’re not suggesting that this is going to be easy but having some positive imagery in your life should help to brighten the mood.
All that’s left to do is dig out your best grinning snap!
Aaaanddd... there we have it #DarkspotsBoxThree! We really do hope you loved it as much as we did selecting and putting together this months picks. Remember that everyone is allowed to have down days and not so happy moments, the idea is that those dark spots don't become the norm. We think that in times of crisis there should be someone out there to help, sometimes an external force can be stronger than a familiar foe!
Until July, we bid you goodbye (non-intentional rhyme)