With so much focus on physical health (just look at all the diet and exercise posts across social media for a start), it’s a joy to find a platform that shows that our minds are also precious and wants to help us keep them nourished.
Working in collaboration with writers, psychologists, illustrators and other talented individuals, The Department Store for the Mind offers prints, books, homeware, jewellery and other meaningful potential gifts, all designed and crafted for “deeper human connection”.
Keep forgetting to be grateful? A Record of Good Things may be just what you need to start noting your appreciation and raising your vibration. Know an anxious someone who needs to slow down and be present? The Ten Deep Breaths Bracelet makes for self-care must-wear.
Then there are the Mindful Gift Bundles such as the stress relief package for those feeling frazzled, and Gifts of Compassion – perfect for when you’re not sure what to say but you want to “help someone to feel heard and held – and know they’re not alone”. For others who you just want to hug but can’t in person, you could always send a Hug In The Post.
The Sense of Wonder package, one of the first recently launched DSFTM subscription boxes, can be delivered to the doors of subscribers on a monthly basis, containing a selection of hand-picked products “designed to be used to enhance your individual senses to help you stay present and connected to the world around you”.
There are also mindful quotes, daily inspiration and further seasonal cleverness on offer to help you de-stress, reconnect with nature, find the magic in the mundane and do more of what you love. You can search by mood (playful, wired, mellow and so on) and allow it to be a lesson in emotional intelligence as you explore and shop online for yourself and others.
Founded by Sophie Howarth, co-founder of The School of Life, DSFTM is now in the safe hands of writer Kate Peers, who is currently working on a new children’s collection with her son who has autism. It’s part of her mission to create discussion and support around neurodiversity and to encourage us to reconsider and reframe mental health whilst bringing it into everyday life. (Did you know that the Maori word for autism is “Takiwatanga” meaning “in his/her own time and space”.)
Never has there been more need for a holistic approach to wellbeing and for us to buy less but with more love in it. It really is the thought that counts.