If you’re already aware of Darkspots, you might have seen the email I wrote for them back in September about mental health – specifically, about why mental health is important. I’m a huge advocate of anything that can help you better your mental health and it’s no secret that self-care is massively important, but it can be difficult to follow even the best self-love practises out there.
For those who aren’t aware…Darkspots is a monthly mental health subscription box, combined with regular emails offering wise words and comfort in what I describe as ‘blue season’ (the Autumn/Winter period). Now, first things first: care packages are awesome. Receiving a monthly package filled with surprises is awesome whether you feel that you need it or not. Receiving a monthly package filled with surprises that are specifically chosen to help your mental health? That’s something special. And that’s what I think of the Darkspots box: something special.
I’ve spoken many times on my blog about my own mental health, not because it defines me but because it is so incredibly important to me and I want it to be important to other people too. I love the way that the Darkspots team are very focused on making sure you’re doing ok – and they’re not doing the simple British thing of asking and not really caring about the response, they genuinely care. The items picked out to go into these boxes are teeming with deep thoughtfulness and the most overwhelming support (in the best way).
Without further ado, I’ll get on with showing you what October’s box contains!
The Dark Spot
I would describe the dark spot as a hint/tip sheet for each month. For me, the list of do/don’t tips is really helpful, because it picks up on key things that are easy to forget. The binge-eating one is so me when I feel off-kilter, so even having that advice written down and told to me by someone else helps a lot. I think this also says a lot about the people behind Darkspots – they clearly know what they’re talking about and are dedicated to helping you out (which I think is pretty fantastic and rare).
The Mug (and porridge)
For pretty much everyone, the cold weather is a great excuse to snuggle up with a hot drink. I can’t be the only one who just loves the feeling of clasping your hands around your warm mug of tea/coffee/hot chocolate/insert other hot drink here? I have a few too many mugs but the self-care this represents is a relatively easy one. I would have loved for the mug to be more personal somehow, whether that was a motivational print or something nicer to look at, but I guess it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
And speaking of the inside… I tucked my Oat So Simple pouch into the mug to remind myself to give it a try. I’ve never been a huge fan of porridge but it’s something I’d love to force myself to like as a healthy breakfast/snack, so I’ll certainly be trying some variations with this to see if there’s anything that I get on with.
Unravelling Minds Badge Set
Probably my favourite thing in the box was the badge set from Unravelling Minds (because hey they are hella cute and they have an important message – what more could a girl want?). Whether you’re big on shouting about mental health, or you’re more of a quiet supporter, these badges are a way to express yourself. I especially love the ‘Stigma Sucks’ badge, which I am planning on pinning to my winter coat to spread the message.
Fidget Spinners? Stress balls? Nah, they’re way too current. I love this throwback to my childhood with a simple pot of play-doh to… play with, doh!
Bad jokes aside – this is great. I have reservations as to how much I will actually use it, as it’s definitely the kind of thing I could see sitting on my shelf for a while. However, the concept is great and hopefully I will actually use it as a technique to distract me from feeling bad. Moulding something which embodies my sadness and then essentially crushing it definitely sounds therapeutic…
Broken Crayons Crafts – Upcycled Jewellery
To be 100% honest, this is not my kind of jewellery. I’m not a fan of clunky things and I keep the jewellery I wear fairly simple. However, I do like this is a little good luck charm. For me it has an extra level of depth because one of my all-time favourite places is a stony beach not far from where I grew up (and now about 3 hours drive away!). The beach elements of this are like a reminder of my happy place, which I’m sure will serve as useful when I’m desperate to get away to the beach but I can’t.
That just about wraps up my review of the box – on the whole I think it’s a fantastic concept and such a wonderful way to not only work on your self-love, but get introduced to new products/companies dedicated to mental health. These boxes are fairly early on in terms of production and I can’t wait to see how they develop as Darkspots grows – I know they’re capable of making it even bigger and better!
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Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post, but the views expressed are my own. Honesty is very important to me.