For a hand full of months, I’ve been receiving these little boxes to remind me to “pause” that is beautifully filled to the brim with breathtaking relaxation, mindfulness and distraction. They have notes of uplifting quotes and tasks to complete that will not only relax you but possibly lead to a more positive outlook on life. The box is cardboard and beautifully packaged with tissue surrounding every task inside. Little cards to encourage and by god it’s like a present for my overworked mind every month, not only giving me a pure joy of receiving this wonderful little parcel but to actually have a few moments of self-care, this isn’t often gifted with the stresses and strains of everyday life getting in the way but having this rare opportunity is fully taken advantage of. Not only giving you a creative outlet but also can involve recipes, for example, I just received a bunch of smoothie recipes to increase positivity, juice that helps you feel good! Wtf! These little boxes remind me to literally Pause and look after myself. That not only help you month after month but gives back to the mental health charity Mind. Raising awareness and support of mental health issues.
Mind is a mental health charity focusing on providing advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Over more than 60 years Mind has worked to improve the lives of all people with an experience of mental health problems, through public campaigns, government lobbying and more than 1,000 services local Minds have delivered in communities across England and Wales. The Pause subscription is used to help raise money so Mind can help those in need. https://www.pauseformind.org.uk – you can find the sign-up page here and any more information if your interested in sending a box of self-love to someone you know needs it. I love every inch of it.
These “Pause” boxes are monthly moments of me-time that of course most of us defiantly need to take full advantage of. From making lotus-shaped origami (still haven’t cracked it), to walking in the and getting close to nature to using cross stitch as a relaxation therapy. When they drop through my door, I know I’m ready to ease my way into a few moments of thinking about nothing else.
Not only am I able to use these cardboard boxes of pure mental clarity but I know that purchasing these are correctly impacting others especially those suffering as I have with mental health issues. I thank my gift giver wholeheartedly for these moments and I’m so proud to have helped towards mental health as I know what a dark and lonely walk it can really be.
Being truthful I may not use these boxes for their full potential for a handful of reasons, I’m too busy, I don’t have the motivation or I’m more invested in Daryl’s survival from Walking Dead to even think about taking two seconds to chill out never mind learn to cross stich or remember to head to the shops for Kale to make my revitalising shakes. But I am so thankful for the opportunity to take care of myself, to increase my mental wellness and focus on the little things within my daily life. As well as improve the lives of others struggling intensely with Mind.
With the festive period now in high and mighty swing it’s important to take care of yourself. Mind understanding the depressive notes of the festive period have shared many tips and tricks on how to ‘manage’. Christmas comes with the expectation that you must be joyous, fun and happy for the next three weeks of the year, something that’s almost impossible to keep up with especially with hurtful mental health issues.
If you do need any help over the holidays or indeed anytime please seek it as soon as you are able.
Mental Health Helplines
The Mental Health Foundation – www.mentalhealth.org.uk
RETHINK – 0300 500 927 – rethink.org
Time To Change – time-to-change.org.uk
Mind – 0300 123 3393 – mind.org.uk
Bi-Polar Uk – 0333 323 3880 – bipolaruk.org.uk
Saneline – 0300 304 7000 – sane.org.uk
ChildLine – 0800 11 11 – childline.org.uk
Young Minds – 0808 802 5544 – youngminds.org.uk
Kooth – kooth.com – Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe
and anonymous way to access help
The Mix – 0808 808 4994 – themix.org.uk
Papyrus – 0800 08 4141 – papyrus-uk.org
Students Against Depression – studentdepression.org
CALM – 0800 58 58 58 – thecalmzone.net
Samaritans – 115 123 (free) – samaritans.org