A Twitter friend recommended a magazine to help me with my self-care, so I decided to see what’s out there. I went to my local supermarket and found three so I bought them and have given each a good read through. I thought I’d share what I think about them in the hope it helps someone to decide whether or not it’s for them.
Firstly, the one I was recommended: In The Moment.
Published by Immediate Media, I recognised the layout as being similar to my favourite crochet magazine, which they also publish. At first glance, it’s easy on the eye and a good balance between text and images. With articles ranging from addressing self-doubt to exercise for depression, and postive thinking to a how-to on macrame, this magazine has it all. It’s easy to read, yet powerful enough to help those who are struggling. With a free gift this month, a booklet on calm and focus, it’s worth the cover price of £5.99 per month for 114 pages. It is linked to the Calm Moment project which has its own website with lots of useful articles.
Secondly, I looked at Happiful.
At £4 a month for 90 pages it’s considerably cheaper than In The Moment. Also, all content is available free on their website, but you onbviously don’t get the free gifts that way. All previous editions are available to read online and you can sign up to receive the newest edition via email. With a vision board craft kit and articles on spoons, menopause and stories from people who have experience poor mental health, this is a very glossy and approachable magazine. It feels aimed at younger women, yet has articles for all ages. They also have a weekly podcast for those who like to listen.
Finally, I bought and read Breathe.
This feels like a very sophisticated magazine with beautifully drawn illustrations and informative articles. Looking at managing stress, poetry and stepping out of your comfort zone, I found this publication the most helpful of the three. I intend to cut out and keep some of the illustrations as they are just so beautiful, whilst referring to the information on the back. With five regular sections – wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape – it covers everything I need.At £5.99 for 120 pages, you get a little more for your money, though no free gifts (if that’s more your thing). There are only 9 issues a year, so not a monthly publication. They also produce Teen Breathe for young adults which may be of use to some of your teens.
So, I think you can tell which is my favourite, however I’m not sure 9 issues a year is enough for me. All three are great and well worth a read. Maybe visit their websites (below) to have a look and decide what’s for you. Obviously, with Happiful’s content being free to access online, it’s the option if you’re on a tight budget (which I am!). Let me know if you find any other titles worth buying. Comment below with your thoughts.