If you fancy being a bit more subtle about how you wear your self-care, jewellery is a good way to go about it. Plus, we all love a little sparkle now and again. We’ve been all over Etsy to seek out our favourite earrings, necklaces and rings to help you make someone’s Christmas a mentally healthy one.
I relate to these necklaces so much that I’ve been given them twice for Christmas – one in silver and one in bronze. The molecular structure for serotonin – the neurotransmitter that boosts happiness – is a work of art in itself, and this necklace will have you smiling each time you catch a glimpse of it round your neck.
Be Kinder to Yourself Bracelet
This handmade bracelet holds a secret message on its inner side. Everyone needs a reminder every now and again to be a bit less hard on themselves, and isn’t it great to pair this with a neat piece of jewellery? Doodlepeople also offers up phrases like: ‘You are enough’ and ‘Your anxiety is lying to you’, as well as custom messages.
Kintsugi Broken Mirror Recovery Earrings
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken items with a gold lacquer: highlighting the faults instead of trying to disguise them. Our flaws are what make us human, and you can wear yours proudly with these perfectly imperfect wee earrings – the seller also makes rings and necklaces if you’d prefer to highlight a different body part.
This discreet Band-Aid ring is cute and quirky, a little reminder that you have the tools to heal whether you believe it or not. It’s not the most overtly mentally healthy statement piece, but that’s why I love it – it’s great if you want to keep your self-care personal. It’s also petite enough that it looks damn good stacked with other rings too.
Chronic Existential Crisis Pin
I well know that not everything about mental illness and health has to be super eager and serious, so I think this colourful enamel pin is the perfect way to round off this list. It’s bright, it’s colourful, it’s tongue-in-cheek; for self-deprecating folks it’s bang on. We think it’ll look pretty good on a blazer lapel.