It’s no secret that the conversation about mental health has come to the forefront in recent years. The Canadian Institute of Health Research reports that one in five Canadians will experience a form of mental health issues at some point in their life. More and more celebrities are speaking out against stigma and encouraging those afflicted by mental health issues to seek support and help. Support comes in all different forms, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite items that promote mental wellness. Keep scrolling to see our top five items that help encourage and nurture positive mental health!
Meditation and Mindfulness Apps
Meditation can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. It soothes the nervous system and allows our minds to rest when they are overworked, which helps with stress management. Practising meditation (with or without the help of an app) can help restore emotional balance. Apps like Headspace and Omvana offer guided meditations you can listen to on a daily basis that can help you interpret and handle anxiety and stress in a more healthy way.
Like the sound of a purring cat or whirring fan, ambient noise from a sound maker can help calm you before bed time and lead to a more relaxing sleep, because our brains naturally crave sensory input. And they can even help mask other disruptive noises that would disturb your sleep. There is endless amounts of research that link healthy sleep habits with physical and mental wellness, so a sound maker is definitely something to check out if you’ve been having restless sleeps.
Essential Oils and Diffusers
Essential oils are a natural way to help improve wellness. Lavender, chamomile, marjoram and peppermint oils can aid sleeping, relieve headaches and reduce stress. Diffusers can work in tandem with essential oils. The aromatic mist they produce can relieve stress and improve air quality. These effects can also promote a more relaxing sleep.
Have you ever heard the term “messy bed, messy head”? Like an unmade bed, a chaotic schedule can also have negative effects on a person’s mental wellness. Those with disordered thinking, anxiety or depression can also have trouble with memory and time management. Keep everything in one organized place with a planner that you love.
Adult Colouring Books
By now, you’ve probably already heard about the new craze surrounding colouring books. You might even own one yourself! More and more research has revealed the benefits of colouring and other art therapy: according to art therapist Marygrace Berberian, colouring has the “therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness.” Similar to meditation, colouring allows us to focus our attention in one place, which alleviates free-floating anxiety.There’s a colouring book for nearly every interest, so pick up your pencil crayons and hop on this trend already!
Check out some of our favourite products below! And don’t forget to show your support this Wednesday by participating in Bell Lets Talk Day. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an annual initiative to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness. You can take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 27th. Send a text message or make a mobile or long distance call using Bell Media products, Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk or share a Facebook image. Each time you do this, Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives.