Looking for a little peace of mind? Since that’s pretty high on everyone’s list this year, The Mental Wealth Box wants to help you ease into personal exploration by sending useful mental health tools that encourage you to take control of your life and work towards lasting growth.
We sat down with Sierra, the founder of The Mental Wealth Box, to hear more about the subscription -- and pick her brain for simple ways to inspire positive change in all our lives.
Tell us your story! What inspired you to start The Mental Wealth Box?
I've always had a natural fascination with people, and have been interested in how our minds and our perspectives affect how we handle different interactions. This led me to earning a Master's Degree in I/O Psychology, and spending the last few years of my life understanding human interactions within the workplace. While I enjoyed that career, I always felt like something was missing. People were still experiencing everyday life outside of work, and I really wanted to make an impact on everyday life for everyday people!
I created The Mental Wealth Box to help people get to the core of who they are and grow from there! Each box focuses on supporting individuals throughout their mental health exploration and healing process, a process that hits close to home for me personally. So, while it’s not intended to provide any medical advice or diagnosis, it is meant to be a useful resource that educates people about mental health topics and supports them on a journey of wellness and self-care.
Maintaining peace within my life and making an impact on others are my two primary goals! I spend a lot of time researching and coming up with ways to provide relevant and useful resources and products. I listen to my subscribers, friends and people I meet on a daily basis to gain a better understanding of how people are feeling, what they need, and how I can bridge the gap from a mental health perspective. I want people to know that it’s okay to slow down and pause, even when life is fast. Just 5 minutes of quiet time can have a lasting impact on your life, and you deserve to be mentally healthy!
Taking care of one’s mental health is more in the spotlight than ever, given COVID-19’s impact on daily life. Do you have any guidance for those who may be new to caring for themselves in this way?
I believe COVID has taught us many different things over the past few months. One of the most important things I've personally taken from this experience is just how important it is to remember to pause and stand in your “now." In a way, COVID has given us the opportunity to stop, breathe and be more mindful of our lives.
With so many things taking place on a day-to-day basis, it can be difficult to find a starting place when caring for your mental health. My advice is to start simple and gradually grow from there. One of the best tools in creating balance and self appreciation is doing something good for yourself. Try adding in 10 minutes of morning meditation, a short yoga sequence, or writing a list of intentions. Keeping track of your small wins can go a long way towards creating a positive space for mental health growth.
What are some small ways we can reduce stress from home?
I’ll share a few de-stressors that have worked really well for me.
Create a Peace Place: a particular spot in your home where you can go and immediately feel a sense of comfort and peace. This personal space should be filled with things that make you happy -- think flowers, plants, warm colors, comfy pillows, crystals and your favorite tunes! I go to my Peace Place whenever I need a break from life, just to pause and be present.
Commit to one healthy daily habit. One of my daily habits is to meditate for at least 10 minutes when I first wake up. I speak out loud all the positive things I want to manifest throughout my day and in life, and I make it a point to do it every single morning.
Keep small, visible sticky-note reminders around your home that can help you stay on track. Some of my favorite reminders include:
- Life is a journey, not a destination.
- What thoughts are serving me and creating the life I'm standing in?
- Don't cling to a mistake, even if you spent a lot of time making it. Let go and grow!