MindWander Subscription Box Review – January 2020
MindWander is a monthly mental wellness subscription box that delivers self-care items and therapy-inspired workbooks to boost mental health. Created by a psychologist/therapist, each box is centered on science-based strategies that aim to improve stress, anxiety, sleep, self-confidence, positive mindset, and more.
There are two subscription options: MindWander Box for $39.99/month and MindWander Mini for $19.99/month.
This is a review of the MindWander Box for $39.99/month + shipping.
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About MindWander Box
The Subscription Box: MindWander
The Cost: $39.99 per month + $5 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
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The Products: An assortment of bath and body, lifestyle, and novelty items, along with a specially designed mini-workbook aimed to decrease stress and anxiety and improve overall wellbeing. Monthly boxes focus on a coping skill based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while the mini-workbook helps you learn and apply the skill.
Ships to: The U.S.
Good to Know: Your first box always ships around the 4th of the following month.
MindWander “Goal Getter” January 2020 Review
“Goal Getter” Workbook – Listed Value $5.00
MindWander‘s workbook is the intellectual meat of the box. It opens with a welcome statement from clinical psychologist Dr. Sarah. She briefly introduces the workbook and explains that the included strategies are grounded in a science-based therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This month’s item descriptions are printed on the next few pages.
January’s workbook topics feature (1) identifying your values, (2) setting good goals, (3) action planning, and (4) dealing with obstacles. These topics, which are designed to build skills that help you reach your goals, can be completed all at once if you’re feeling super motivated. Or, if you like to pace yourself, you can also focus on building one skill per week.
I enjoyed the section on how to set good goals. Like many others, I made a few new year’s resolutions at the start of 2020. If you’re like me, vague resolutions can be hard to maintain, so the point here is to set good goals that increase the chances of success. A good goal, Dr. Sarah explains, has to be specific, measurable, timed, and behavioral. This idea is very similar to the SMART goal method (acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound). However, the workbook is great in that it helps you build goals around your personal values. It requires more introspection for sure, but I welcome it.
“Goal Getter” Journal Prompt Card Pack – Listed Value $5.00
This month’s pack of cards offers 30 journal prompts to help you think daily about your goals and motivations. Several journal prompts have a date on them so that you can practice together with the MindWander community on their Facebook group. I keep a 3-by-5 inch notebook at my bedside to track daily sleep patterns, so in theory, the cards should be a simple addition to my morning routine. Wish me luck!
SpaRoom Essential Oil Shower Spray in Awaken, 6 oz – Retail Value $8.00
This is a shower and room spray made from 100% pure essential oils. My bottle completely leaked during shipment, which damaged a few of the paper items in the box. MindWander was very responsive when I contacted them about the damage, and they were quick to send replacement items.
I own room sprays but this shower spray is a first. Awaken is a fresh, zesty blend of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and spearmint essential oils. It smells divine in the bottle! Sadly, in the shower, I could barely detect anything even with fifteen or so sprays. It’s a major bummer since I really love the scent.
Inspirational Pencil Set – Listed Value $10.00
These wooden pencils are a MindWander exclusive. Each one is inscribed with an inspirational phrase chosen by the MindWander community via online poll. As an undergrad teaching assistant I take all the pencils I can get (someone always shows up to an exam unprepared), and these are cute to boot. The set also comes with a pencil sharpener/eraser doodad that’s convenient to have on hand. While I wouldn’t necessarily value these at $10, they add a nice pop of color to my desk and will be used.
SpaRoom Energy Roll-On Essential Oil Blend, 0.5 oz – Retail Value $10.00 (on sale for $5.00)
This blend of USDA certified organic, 100% pure essential oil is housed in a dark frosted glass bottle and topped off with a metal rollerball. It’s an infusion of rosemary, juniper, spruce, lemongrass, clove, and nutmeg oils. It smells woody, sweet, and a little spicy. I usually lean towards citrusy scents like the Awaken shower spray blend. If the roll-on had less earthy notes, I think I would have enjoyed this more.
Goal Getter Notepad – Listed Value $7.00
This is a notepad that helps you stay on task and on track every day. It contains 25 pages and measures 4 by 6 inches. I’m the type of person who jots down a bunch of tasks on the to-do list but barely completes half by the end of the day. Yes, it does get demotivating! I’ll be using this notepad to modify my usual approach to taskmaking. The “solutions” box will help me identify and problem solve any obstacles that got in the way of my daily goals. The “wins” box will inject some positivity and boost motivation.
Get It Girl Coaster Set – Listed Value $15.00
This is a set of stoneware coasters that come with a sturdy metal holder. With words like “killin’ it” and “dream queen,” they provide some fun and affirmation to the daily grind. They measure 4 by 4 inches, and each one is fully lined with cork on the bottom. I really like the earth-toned color palette as well as the quality of both the coasters and holder. There’s just one thing that I can’t handle–the chalkboard finish! Every time I run my fingers over a coaster, I get that classic tingly, icky feeling like I’m putting nails to a chalkboard (apparently this is called grima, thanks Google). I really want to love these, but we are not meant to be.
Habit Tracker Stickers and Card Set – Listed Value $3.00
These stickers are designed by artist Kenna Sato to use with the habit tracker card that was included in the box. The habit tracker lets you track an activity that you want to incorporate into your daily routine. I like this idea because the card is a visual aid that lets me see my progress from day to day. Plus, placing a cute sticker down for every success feels rewarding, even if it’s just a small dopamine boost!
Here they are in action. I’m using the card to track my intermittent fasting schedule, which I started not too long ago.
Gold and Glitter Bath Bomb, 4.5 oz – Listed Value $5.00
This bath bomb has a sweet and fruity fragrance, and it’s covered in gold glitter for that extra special touch. The bath is the quintessential self-care move. It lets you relax, unwind, and focus on your body and your needs. I say all of this because I envy all of you who own bathtubs. For now, this bath bomb will be kept in my drawers as a clothing freshener. Leave me a comment if you know of alternative ways to use a bath bomb!
The Verdict: This month’s MindWander had some ups and downs. The therapy-inspired portions of the box were wonderful. I continue to be impressed with the workbook and the psychological skills it teaches. The other paper goods, like the notepad and habit tracker, were helpful for applying the skills that I read about in the workbook. I don’t usually sit around thinking deeply about my values and goals, but I enjoyed doing it here and was motivated to keep doing it. I also liked the inspirational pencil set, which is probably my favorite self-care item this month. I would have crowned the coaster set the winner if it wasn’t for the chalkboard feeling. And while the curation seemed well-rounded, nitpicky things here and there with the other items left me not feeling totally satisfied. Maybe I’m spoiled by how well the first MindWander box suited my tastes? Based on listed and retail prices that I could find, I received an estimated value of $63, which is 1.4 times the cost of the box plus shipping.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. All new orders ship around the 4th of the following month, so you would receive the February box as your first.
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.99 + $5.00 shipping, which means that each of the 9 items in the box has an average cost of $5.00.
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What do you think of MindWander‘s take on self-care and mental health?