I couldn't find a thread with a similar topic, so I thought I'd start one.
As a depression and anxiety sufferer myself, over the years, I have tried lots of different products, activities and creative outlets to express my inner thoughts, and to distract myself. My friends and family have supported this idea with endless self help books and diaries, but only a number of them I have found actually helpful.
Here, I am providing the links to some things that I have found particularly helpful dealing with the symptoms of depression and anxiety:
- 'Stay Strong 365 Days A Year' by Demi Lovato
Full of inspiring quotes from a broad range of sources, accompanied by helpful information written by Demi herself.
And this is the matching journal
- 'The Daily Rant' Activity Journal
This one I particularly recommend for youths dealing with the stress of friends at school. The pages are divided into checkboxes and short sections which is a nice simple way of recording information for therapists, psychologists etc.
- 'The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People'
I've seen this one floating around Instagram and I love it! I even colour the pages in while on the train or watching TV.
These are a couple of things I really like and I find helpful. They might not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a new diary or some reading material, you might enjoy them. Plus, I think they make great gift ideas.