BEHIND WAVE BOXES
How did WAVE begin?
WAVE Boxes was created in the summer of 2018 after I began to experience severe symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), in the form of terrifying intrusive thoughts and consequential compulsions. Having depression and social anxiety from an early age, this sudden onset of another misunderstood and debilitating mental issue led to me to want to help others who may find themselves struggling with a similar situation.
My idea for Wave Boxes is to help relieve waves of panic, anxiety or low mood with calming and helpful products and techniques that support the philosophies of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); focusing on the 'self' aspect of the cognitive model. By this I mean, that if we can stabilise the basic foundations of self care i.e: Diet and Hydration, Social Life, Good Quality Sleep and Exercise then we have a strong foundation on which to build. Our core beliefs about how we view ourselves, others and the world are imperative in order to be on the right path to feeling better. If we can address the first rung of the ladder, i.e. how we look after ourselves, then we are in a much better position to feel better in the long run. Therefore, the boxes include items that begin the foundations of CBT, and focus on addressing the basic pillars that make up our day to day lives. Nurturing these pillars, I believe, helps to build a strong foundation for mental health. I have designed Wave Boxes to provide what I wished I could have had available when I was really struggling. I hope by providing Wave Boxes this will help others on their journey to a place of well being.
Mental health illnesses can feel incredibly isolating and terrifying. I really wanted to create something that reassures you that you are never on your own. As well as the Wave Boxes, I wanted to provide a community space where you can share your story with other like-minded people.
Wave Boxes are by no means a replacement for medication and/or therapy, but an extra helping hand, either for the moment you find yourself in or for the longer term. I have found CBT the best form of therapy for me and I have utilised some of the techniques from my own personal therapy sessions as well as incorporating others from my research.
I have always found the ocean incredibly relaxing and so wanted to incorporate this in some way. A CBT therapist once described anxiety episodes, sudden intrusive thoughts and depression to me as waves. I believe that if you mentally try to visualise the panic or bout of depression as a wave that you will always be able to overcome, no matter how terrifying and debilitating, you can do it.