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 "Self-Love" February 2020 Review
"Self-Love" Workbook - Listed Value $5.00
Each month arrives with a workbook, which is the intellectual meat of the box. It starts with a welcome statement from clinical psychologist Dr. Sarah. She briefly introduces the theme and purpose of the workbook and explains that the included strategies are grounded in a science-based therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Item descriptions are listed on the next few pages.
February’s theme is fittingly about love. Specifically, it explores ways to practice self-love and self-compassion. Exercises include mindful awareness of self-criticism, normalizing mistakes as being human, treating oneself with kindness, and practicing loving-kindness meditation.
Now, I hadn’t heard of loving-kindness meditation before, but I loved the name and did some brief digging. Loving-kindness, or metta in Buddhism, is described in the workbook as unconditional inclusive love. This sounds eerily similar to Carl Rogers’ idea of unconditional positive regard, which is a cornerstone of many forms of therapy used today. I’m thrilled that there’s a similar idea of unconditional love that you can cultivate on your own and for yourself. Meditation is challenging for me since I haven’t yet mastered the art of ignoring all those annoying passing thoughts while concentrating on the present. Loving-kindness meditation should help me improve that.
"Self-Love" Challenge Card Pack - Listed Value $5.00
This month's pack of cards offers 30 activities to promote self-love. Several cards have a date on them so that you can practice together with the MindWander community on their Facebook group. While I haven’t been doing it daily, I pick out a random card in the morning and keep it with me throughout the day for motivation. I’ve been keeping my cards in a stack by the bed but was hoping for a better way to store them. Thankfully, this next item solved the problem completely.
Challenge Card Holder - Listed Value $3.00
This is a specially made holder for storing challenge cards. I’m so excited to receive one as this will make it easier to organize my cards every month. It stands out from the rest of my dark decor, making it easier to spot when I want to grab a card to go. It can also be used as a business card holder.
Habit Tracker and Stickers Set - Listed Value $2.50
This month’s habit tracker allows you to track an activity that you want to incorporate into your life. The stickers, designed by artist Kenna Sato, provide a little more motivation and encouragement to your habit tracking journey. I tacked my habit tracker to the fridge last month since I was tracking my intermittent fasting schedule. This time I’m putting it by my bedside (along with the challenge cards) to track a few sleep hygiene activities.
Herbal Oil Company Pinky Toes Foot Soak, 4 oz - Estimated Value $6.67 (Buy 9 oz for $15.00)
Made of Himalayan sea salt, dried rose petals, and grapefruit essential oil, this foot soak oozes self-love! It smells like yummy grapefruit and should get you several uses. I love the idea of foot soaks even though I haven’t had many in the past. It forces you to sit back and focus on a body part that’s often neglected. I’ll be saving this, along with the next item, for a special self-care extravaganza.
Soon Skincare Shea Butter Hand Mask - Retail Value $9.00
This hand mask gives you an excuse to step back from the daily grind and focus on caring for yourself both physically and mentally. Winters in the South are moderate compared to our Northern neighbors and the weather isn’t quite as bitterly dry. Still, I appreciate soft, hydrated hands. I will be using this with the foot soak to show my extremities some much needed love.
Theo 70% Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, 1 oz - Retail Value $1.59
This delicious piece of dark chocolate is organic, fair trade, and non-GMO. The dark chocolate was smooth and sweet but not too sweet. I love the perfect amount of sea salt in the bar, which adds an unexpected but delightful pop! to each bite of chocolate. I can definitely see myself trying more flavors from the brand.
Self-Compassion Notepad - Listed Value $7.00
This notepad measures 4 by 6 inches and contains around 25 pages. It gives you the opportunity to practice self-compassion whenever or wherever you are. It's silly that we sometimes extend unlimited kindness and understanding to our loved ones but cannot share the same amount of compassion for ourselves. As with many things, practice makes perfect. This notepad helps me set aside a couple of minutes to reflect on any self-criticism that may have popped up during a hectic day.
Be "You" Tiful Zippered Pouch - Listed Value $12.00
This is the largest item in the box and a total keeper. The velvet-lined pouch measures 7 by 9.5 inches, which dwarfs the Ipsy bags that I've collected over the years. It's made from 100% cotton and has a coordinating dip dye tassel to make opening and closing the pouch a breeze. The workbook suggests using this pouch to create an on-the-go Compassion Kit filled with self-care and self-love items. For now, I'm going to store challenge cards from previous months in here for safekeeping. I may add other things to the pouch later on, like gratitude journal entries or motivational messages to my future self.
Roses N Rosé Rosewater Face Mist, 2 oz - Retail Value $8.00
I'm obsessed with skincare so this face mist is my favorite item of the box. It only contains four ingredients: rosewater, coconut water, vitamin E, and geranium oil. It has a sparkling rose fragrance that disappears a few seconds after spraying. The mist is lightweight and absorbs very quickly. It provides minimal hydration to the skin, which suits my oily skin just fine. Normal and dry skin folks may not find it as satisfying, though.
Self-Love Magnet - Listed Value $3.00
This magnet measures about 2.5 inches on each side. It is a cute reminder that true love extends to yourself. Remember: you have to care for yourself first before you can care for others. I know hardworking women who make sacrifices for others without batting an eye but can't seem to find the time to care for themselves. This message is most definitely for them!
Fairy Tale Love Bath Bomb, 4.5 oz - Estimated Value $5.00
This bath bomb wasn't listed in the workbook, but I received a similar bath bomb last month so the same estimated value was used here. I adore the sweet fragrance and bright pink hues of this one. Since I don't own a bathtub, I've been searching for ways to repurpose such a luxurious self-care item. A reader suggested using it as a foot soak, so I will do just that.
The Verdict: This month's MindWander was such a treat. I love that each therapy-inspired item is thoughtful and meaningful in the context of the overall "self-love" theme. I also like that MindWander tries to maximize the chances of you actually practicing the skills you learn in the workbook by providing cards, notepads, and sticker rewards. Aside from the learning and skill-building items, the self-care items are amazing too. My favorite was the face mist, of course, but I will happily use every single thing in the box. Based on listed and retail prices that were available, I received an estimated value of $67.76, which is 1.5 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 March box as your first.
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.99 + $5.00 shipping, which means that each of the 12 items in the box has an average cost of $3.75.
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What do you think of MindWander's take on self-care and mental health?