Mental health gifts seem to be gaining traction. From books to affirmation cards to self care kits, there are more and more items appearing which raise awareness of the importance of mental health, and encourage us to look after our brilliant brains.
Here are some of my favourites.
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1. Reasons To Stay Alive Paperback | Matt Haig*, £4.49
This price is for the paperback version, but it’s available in other formats. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It explores the way mental illness affects an individual, while also bringing some positivity to the situation.
If you like the sound of this, you should also check out Notes On A Nervous Planet.
2. Pocket Self Care Kit | Cara’s Corner*, £8.00
I reviewed this earlier in the year, if you want an in depth look at what it offers. I still haven’t planted my succulent seeds, but everything else has been put to good use! For me, this is one of my favourite items out there. It’s absolutely adorable, a small donation goes to charity and it was created by the wonderful Cara.
This can be started any day of the year, but it would be a lovely way to encourage someone to commit more time to themselves as the New Year approaches. With space to check in with your own thoughts, and check out from the rest of the world, it’s perfect to kickstart some self care habits.
4. The Worry Box | Not On The High Street, £9.95
Writing things down helps me a lot. This cute box provides an opportunity to scribble down those niggling worries and put them away. The idea is to get them out of your head and some place else.
5. Colouring Kit | Amazon*, £9.99
Personally, I think colouring is a great and calming exercise. It’s a nice way to take a breather from the stresses of everyday life and clear your mind. This set comes with 2 colouring books and some pencils.
There are actually a range of I Can Cards, including some specific to anxiety and some to encourage self love. It was the I Can Do This pack which I purchased a little while ago, and I love them.
If the affirmation cards don’t tempt you, I’d encourage you to take a look at the site, anyway. There are some equally awesome items, like this desk pad.
7. Storms Don’t Last Forever Mug | Poppy Lane*, £10.00
I discovered Poppy Lane through Instagram, and I adore how colourful their products are! I’m particularly fond of this mug because it’s always good to have a reminder on hand that the bad stuff won’t last forever. Probably helps that it’s yellow as well.
This design is available as a keyring, sticker, print or card, too!