Living with a mental illness is difficult all year round, but it can be especially testing at particular times such as birthdays and Christmas.
I personally feel like I don’t deserve to receive gifts at Christmas, because I feel like I’m a hassle to deal with a lot of the time.
Obviously that’s not true, but it just goes to show how your view of the world can easily become distorted when you have a mental illness.
Earlier this year I was sent a box of I Can Cards by the owner Amy, and they’ve been one of the most helpful things I’ve ever been sent.
Every day I pick one of the 25 cards, read the positive affirmation and use it as a ways to stay in tune with my mood throughout the day.
I actually record this daily on my Instagram stories so head over there if you want to see me talk more in depth about each card.
Each affirmation is written by people who have experienced the same life changing events and situations, which means every single card really resonates with me on a personal level.
It really is amazing how powerful affirmations can be, and how they can help set the tone for the rest of your day.
I am not alone. In the words of The Common- The Light (old school r and b song). There are times, when you need someone, I will be by your side. There is a light that shines especially for you ❤️ . . . . #icancards #affirmations #affirmationcards #affirmations #positivity #positivethinking #yourenotalone #inthistogether
Amy sent me the Depression and Anxiety pack which I connected with instantly, and I’ve also bought the Self-Care pack for myself and as gifts for friends.
You can also choose the Warrior Woman, Single Parent, Break Up or Post-Natal Depression box.
“We are trying to offer comfort, motivation, reassurance and love through the cards, and most of all knowing that you aren’t alone and that others understand exactly what you are going through.
Sometimes there aren’t any solutions or quick fixes to tough situations, but there are still glimmers of hope and love that you can embrace.”
Amy has just announced that there is a special Self-Care Christmas box too, which is so gorgeous!
Christmas Self Love Box now LIVE 👉🏻www.icancards.co.uk ❤️ Includes: Self Care I Can Cards, I Can Slow Down 110ml Soy Wax Candle, @downattheriver Breathe Wrist Reminder, @greenandblacks Butterscotch 100g chocolate bar and A5 Self Love print by @katie_bray_illustration ❤️ Limited run of these so when they are gone they are outta here! ❤️🎅🏼 . . . #icancards #candles #soycandles #affirmations #affirmationcards #greenandblacks #downattheriver #wristreminder #breathe #katiebray
It comes with some chocolate, a handmade luxury candle, inspiration artwork, wrist reminder and of course a pack of I Can Cards.
They come beautifully hand wrapped too, and I know I’d be incredibly touched if someone gave me this as a gift.
They are a limited edition though so grab them quick!
Sometimes it’s hard for friends and family to find the words to say “I care” to those of us with mental illness. So why not say, “I can” instead?
Find out more here.