Teen Calm is a new subscription box that focuses on mental health and wellbeing; delivering a bundle of relaxing goodies straight to the doorstep of the lucky intended recipient. It was created by mum and daughter team, Cathy and Freya, from their home in the Midlands.
About the Creators
Cathy is a Youth Mental Health First Aider certified by Mental Health First Aid UK (MHFA UK). Freya is Cathy’s 14 year old daughter and knows just how much anxiety and neurodivergence can affect teenagers. Freya is in a unique position to help tackle this problem, as she has been through many of the same struggles; she was diagnosed autistic at age 13 during a massive mental health crisis. She feels that coming to terms with her autism has played a large part in her recovery, along with learning what stresses and calms her. She knows exactly how it feels to go through life anxious, and wants to do everything she can to make Teen Calm accessible and affordable for all.
Covid-19 is the biggest health crisis in decades, causing widespread anxiety. The actual affects of lockdown itself are far-reaching too of course. This is hardly surprising; we are experiencing the greatest limits on our freedom and most restrictions ever imposed during peacetime. Feelings of low mood and isolation are understandable; expected even. So there has been no better time to prioritise teaching our younger generation the importance of self-care and enabling them to do this effectively.
Teen Calm has been designed to do just this. It encourages our younger generations to practise self-care and develop confidence, resilience and a sense of wellbeing.
There are lots of teens who are in a position of not knowing how to self-regulate. This maybe due to a long-term condition like ASD or ADHD, other neurodivergent causes, from being bullied, or have suffered a trauma. Often it’s simply a symptom of the biochemical challenges of adolescence, combined with the pressures of life. Activities that promote relaxation and relieve stress can help people learn to regulate themselves better. Teen Calm boxes are filled with such activities.
More About Teen Calm Boxes
There are two age ranges to choose from; 8-11 or 12-16 (both ages then also have an option for girl or gender neutral). There are plenty of purchase options, from one-off treats to various subscriptions. A mystery box (one-off) or rolling monthly subscription (cancel anytime) is £25. Advanced 3 month (£72), 6 month (£140) or 12 month (£270) advance paid subscriptions are also available.
You can purchase the boxes or find out more info here: teencalm.com
Teen Calm Box Contents
The box is nicely presented and not too visually overstimulating, which we feel is a good thing! The contents included a lovely selection of goodies; a bag of sweets, wooden handmade heart in a little bag with a rainbow design, highlighter pens, lip bomb, tangle toy, notebook and affirmation card.
My concern with this type of subscription boxes is often the amount of waste we can end up with and also potentially unwanted items. This wasn’t too much of an issue luckily. There was minimal packaging (although it would have been even better still if the tangle toy didn’t come in packaging!) and it was carefully padded in tissue paper. The items are well chosen with lovely positive messages and uplifting designs. This box makes a cute gift that should bring a smile to anyone’s face!
(Of course, the contents of each box will be different, but hopefully this gives an idea of the kind of things to expect!)
Win A Mystery Box (Worth £25)
Teen Calm are offering one box for a lucky reader to win in my rafflecopter giveaway! Enter below. Competition ends 26/07/2020. Open to UK residents only. Other T&Cs apply.
*Disclosure: I was sent a Teen Calm box to review. All opinions are my own.