When I was struggling with depression, it affected all areas of my life.
My sleep was broken and most days I would wake early and struggle to get back to sleep. My diet was poor, I often couldn't eat or had no appetite. I found it difficult to talk, so thoughts would circle round and round in my mind with no relief.
Journaling has been a really powerful tool in my recovery. I have always found it difficult to talk about my emotions but journaling gives me an outlet to enable me to externalize, rather than internalise my thoughts. It helps me to get clarity in how I feel and has supported me to understand myself better, I have often found a weight lifted from my shoulders after writing.
The 'Be Happy' journal has multiple sections; Mood, Happiness, Sleep, Mindfulness, Lifestyle and a note section which can be used for free writing.
This is the perfect component for a Soothe Box, as it encourages the owner to keep track of how their illness is affecting them and use the tools in the journal to work at improving their mood. This may be helpful when speaking with a medical professional as you may be able share some background knowledge with them.
As with all other products, the journal comes with a compatible 'Soothe Moment'. The Soothe Moment encourages the owner to use mindfulness in writing to help them to offload any worries and start to make steps towards recovery.