By Ella Thwaites, Mental Health Editor | @ellathwaites_
Subedited by Jasmine Wing
Approximately 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue each year and there can often be a long waiting list for therapy or even doctor’s appointments. So what can we do to help ourselves in the meantime?
I have compiled a list of 5 affordable Amazon purchases that can aid your mental health.
Himalayan Salt Lamp – £12.50
When the salt lamp is lit it heats up and the salt ions released by the lamp are said to improve blood flow, sleep quality and serotonin in the brain. These affordable light sources neutralise the electromagnetic radiation in the air, purifying your environment to reduce stress and boost performance.
This incredible book tells the autobiographical story of how Matt Haig triumphed over mental illness and learned to live better. This book was extremely helpful for me when I felt depressed, it gives hope for a better future intertwined with hilarity and advice.
Magnetic Therapy Bracelet – £8.99
Similar to the salt lamp magnet therapy is used to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and enhance your mood. This product comes with 2 magnetic therapy bracelets in a silk pouch (great for a gift or on the go) and the customer reviews state that they’re great value for money and helpful for all sorts of issues.
Rescue Remedy Pastels / Spray – £5.30 each
I’ve been using Rescue Remedy products for years and cannot recommend them enough. These (vegan-friendly) products use different combinations of flower essences that alleviate the feeling of anxiety. Rock Rose to alleviate terror and panic, impatiens to lull irritation and impatience, clematis combat inattentiveness, star of Bethlehem to ease the shock, and cherry plum to calm irrational thoughts
Fidget Cube – £7.99
This fidget cube comes in 3 different colours and is made up on 8 boxes that can be manipulated in any direction. Fidget cubes or similar products have proven to enhance focus and reduce stress or anxiety. Focusing on hand movements can be a good tool in fighting addictive behaviours such as smoking and nail-biting.
These products should not be used as an alternative to the medication you’re already on or a therapy plan you’re in the midst of. These tools can be used alongside your existing mental health plan in order to alleviate some of the symptoms that come with depression, anxiety, OCD and other similar disorders.