Mental Health. A taboo that is finally being spoken of more. Words such as depression and anxiety either get used either far too cautiously due to the feeling of being unnecessarily embarrassed or as to not offend, or far too flippantly which can take away from the meaning and genuine insecurities surrounding the circumstances involved. As someone who understands and appreciates such descriptive words (through my own experiences as well learning from other people’s journeys) it’s important to ensure you’re following the right bloggers/influencers and using appropriate tools when it comes to all things mental health. Here on Flamingo Monroe I don’t try to be any kind of know it all or hardcore “influencer”, I justly try to be myself.
Via Instagram, I recently became friendly with Anna of Mama’s Scrapbook. Her frequent and highly amusing Instastories keep me rather entertained when I’m forcing myself to have 5 minutes of downtime to drink my morning coffee. I hope I don’t sound stalker-ish – I follow lots of bloggers and personalities and enjoy watching all their instastories! Anna is an accredited and experienced BACP Psychotherapist, a mother to two young boys, has a great eye for interior design, uploads Instagram posts providing confidence, guidance and reassurance to all and she also writes her blog – which has a strong focus on mental health and lifestyle.
She’s recently started a business venture with a close friend – bringing together her psychotherapy knowledge and her friend’s graphic design credentials, they’ve created Blöm Cards. Blöm [Bl – Om] is derived from the Scandinavian Word ‘Blomstre’, meaning to bloom, to flourish….
In simple terms, Blöm Cards are a mindfulness tool, a pack of 30 cards that come in a sleek acrylic holder so you can shuffle/display the deck as and when you wish. On your desk at home/office, next to your coffee machine/kettle – anywhere you like – somewhere in sight throughout your day.
They encourage mindfulness, emotional development and self compassion. How to use? Focus on a card for as long as you want to. Let it prompt you to act and think. The result? A positive outcome and affect about the way you feel.
Every card is different – not just in the design but in the message too. Every card either gives you a task to do, makes you stop and think about an event or asks you a question that can only have a happy answer.
Being credit/business card size, these can easily fit in to your purse for an on-the-spot dose of positivity and encouragement whilst you’re out and about.
Why not buy these for a friend in need? A friend who may need support and motivation. Maybe a friend who doesn’t know what day it is, or what way to turn? A friend who’s been through a rough time or perhaps even a friend who is fine on the outside but has tendencies on the inside who may just need some encouragement occasionally.
You might have a hectic schedule, whether that’s work life and/or mummy life otherwise, we all need a few minutes to recharge the batteries and to generally slow down.
Perhaps you run a business? If so, then why not have these in easy reach for your staff to access should they need some positive motivation?
Every card has a different yet empowering message…
I was so excited to get my hands on a set of these Blöm Cards. I’ve read The Secret, and I’m a fan of all things mindfulness training (from years ago during a very dark time) and I was excited to see what these were all about.
But then my own tragedy occurred. A kind of pain, sadness and trauma that no words can describe. I’ve had bumps and hurdles in life, we all have, and yet again I was recently dealt a slightly unfair card, setting me out of action for a few weeks. When we experience such times, it’s inevitable that we need all the support we can. Especially, like me, there is a happy, smiling, hungry, whinging, noisy, destructive and disruptive 11 month old grabbing my ankles (who I adore more than anything!) where I simply cannot stop, press pause or take time out, and I don’t want to either…
Someone recently said to me, you have two choices in like – one is to pick up and the other is to give up. I chose to pick up. My immune system has plummeted, and thus I’ve been full of cold and bugs, which is evidently because haven’t rested enough. My view is that I can’t rest, not if I want to regain positivity and look forward – I’m the sort of individual that has to ‘keep going’. But I have been proven wrong as there is a Blöm Card that is telling me to have time out and when I do have time out, even if just for 20 minutes, I feel so much better.
I hadn’t ordered Blöm Cards specifically for this time I’ve recently endured. It’s an unfortunate coincidence, but I must say, they have genuinely been great for me. Every now and then I will select one at random, read the message and task, and execute. Other days when I feel a certain emotion I frantically scroll through the pack to find THE card I need for that moment.
There are cards to encourage exercise, down time, to cry, to embrace, to reminisce, to identify what we’re grateful for, to remind ourselves what we love most, to accept compliments, how to focus and to take small steps. There’s an important message throughout to be kind to yourself.
There’s even a card that tells you it’s okay to say “no”. So many of us are “yes” people, too frightened to let others down.
They’re not just for serious times of low, not at all, they can be used as a daily boost to encourage the most productive and happiest of days. And yes of course, they are a great tool to really help you get out of a deep rut of anxiety or the blues.
They are designed to help you bloom and flourish, to which I really think they do. It’s a simple yet effective concept, and I love the designs too. It’s ideas like these that work and fit in to our busy lifestyles and are allowing me to come out of a bumpy road and looking forward to upcoming celebrations and fun times.
The blogging world has opened up such a vast network of new ‘friends’. I say friends loosely because no, they aren’t people I see regularly or at all. They are (genuine) cyber friends, in the same place as you in life, who engage with you, comment and ‘like’ your pictures on Instagram and share your blog posts.
They’re proud of your achievements, complete opposite of jealous, they support your initiatives and they’re also an ear. They’re people who inbox you for chats occasionally and some whom I’ve got to know really well have actually been there for me recently during a rather difficult time. Those amazing humans and their ambitions and/or ventures, such as Anna launching this business, is more evidence of why the Munpreneur era is here to stay, and can be amazing.
Thanks for reading and for sharing to those who may benefit from Blöm Cards.