Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Darkspots October 2017 Box!

Darkspots is technically a business but they are so far from balance sheets and email chains. The business was set up by 20 year old Liam Thompson, who is from the Midlands, who suffers just like the rest of us with small everyday anxieties and has faced a long battle with depression, joined by a small team of like-minded individuals. On a mission to help others, the business are understanding that we're not robots: we have feelings and its okay to ask for help.

Even today, in 2017, it is no secret that mental health has never been seen as equal in receiving treatment to physical health. Darkspots aims to tackle the stigma and help those who are struggling with mental health, clearly, 'desperate to make a difference and help others not only in this situation but throughout the real-life woes and raw emotions that education never taught us.'

Darkspots sent me a box to show my viewers and enable you guys to see what they are all about. I got this box as a one off, however, you can subscribe and get the box monthly.

Prices are as follows:
- Monthly - £15/month and if you break that down it's £3.50 per week (a small price for a positive change).
- A one off - £17.50.  

With this, you get the one box. The box is delivered at the start of every month, so your box may come the next month if you order it on like the 9th or something. You're not fixed into anything, you are able to unsubscribe at any point if you wish to. And finally, there are no added charges, not even a delivery charge.

What I really like about the boxes the most is that every item in the box is significant: they all have a purpose, all mental health related and helpful, which I think is so clever, promoting well being and self care.

What was in my box (October 2017 box):
- Darkspot 
- Mug
- Play-Doh
- Quaker Oats Big Bowl Original Porridge
- Upcycled Craft Necklace (@brokencrayonscrafts Instagram)
- Positive Badges

The box as it arrived. Initially I thought this was cute but it just got better when I opened it.

It comes packaged nicely and safely so nothing gets broken whilst it travels.

The first thing I pulled out was the little booklet that had my name on it which I thought was so cute.

In the little booklet it explains everything and the aim for the product in the box.

This box contains it all: stress relief, advice and comfort!

These necklaces are made by a mother and daughter that Darkspots found on Instagram who make the cutest crafts. This necklace is particuarly cute and a feel good item.

Who doesn't love Play-Doh? Fun as it is, there is a bigger reasoning for this being in the box. Sometimes it is the small things that keep us going. Bouts of anxiety can leave us feeling very tense and bringing about a need to relieve this before it becomes a big obstacle. Play-Doh can be an excellent way of doing this.

This little mug can be used as a little pick me up when you're feeling a bit down and are in need of down time, alone. Choose a drink of your choice, get a blanket, even a good book and unwind for a moment. Take some time to relax and look after yourself.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they say. Porridge is perfect for them cold mornings, especially when you don't particuarly want to get out of bed. If you're a regular at skipping breakfast then this is perfect for you. All you need is a microwave and some milk.

These are my personal favourite thing out of the whole box. The badges aim to end stigma that surrounds mental health in todays society.

Do you want to find out more? Contact the company and get your own box!

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