Steeple Bumpstead woman draws on her own experiences to create a way to help people cope with anxiety and depression
One woman’s own personal struggle has led to her launching a range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) orientated subscription packages to help others alleviate their symptoms of OCD, anxiety and depression.
Felicity Weaving, the 23-year-old founder of WAVE Subscription Boxes, came up with the idea when she was battling with depression and anxiety herself.
She said: “I just kept thinking why isn’t there something out there to help and support me when I was feeling really low.
“From there it was a logical step to say ‘Okay what would I wish was out there to help me.
“When I was low and feeling terrible I really wanted to feel supported and imagined how nice it would be to receive a regular box of reassuring items that were genuinely useful to help calm and comfort me and also recommended by like-minded individuals who ‘got it’.”
Creating the WAVE boxes for others became a therapy in itself for Felicity, of Steeple Bumpstead.
“I found it really satisfying to search out products which I thought people with similar issues would like to receive and use. It became a mission for me.”
Fully committed to her idea, Felicity formed a start-up company and spent months sourcing a wide range of soothing, calming and stimulating items to go in the subscription packages.
WAVE offers people the opportunity to sign-up to receive either one off or regular boxes – each month’s box is filled with different items, including hints and tips on how to get through the worst times. Each box is £25 plus postage and packing.
“I don’t just want this to be a box full of random products.
“I want them to be genuinely useful and items that I have personally found really helpful, or that other likeminded individuals with similar experiences also recommend.
“I have spent a lot of time in shaping the WAVE website. I really want to encourage people to share their views and feelings.
“That’s what I really felt I needed when things got tough for me. Its really important to feel that you are not alone with these feelings and issues and that’s what I wanted WAVE to do, to reassure others that you are never alone.”
WAVE has just gone live and initial feedback is positive. The WAVE Subscription Boxes aim to follow the core pillars of self-care in CBT. The boxes include items that encourage good quality sleep, a balanced diet and hydration, socialising and exercise.
In addition, the boxes include items to help with panic attacks and techniques to help with low mood. The boxes not only focus on these core pillars but also act as a reminder that the consumer deserves to be indulgently treated, comforted and reassured.
“Individuals with anxiety and depression are often the most caring, brave and resilient people who can wrongly feel ashamed about their thinking, mood and compulsions.
“I created WAVE with the intention of reminding them that they are fantastic people who deserve to put themselves first.
“I want people like me to feel assured they are never alone.’
“WAVE boxes are by no means a replacement for medication and/or therapy, but an extra helping hand, either for the moment you find yourself in or for the longer term.”
The Wave Subscription Box website is at www.wavesubscriptionboxes.com or go to Twitter (@Wavesubboxes), Instagram (waveboxes) and Facebook (Wave Subscription Boxes).