Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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4 Magazines To Add To Your Self-Care Routine.

One of the newest additions to my self-care routine is reading magazines, particularly those centred around Mental Health. Sometimes reading a book can be too much, particularly if it's a book that contains a lot of heavy context. Sometimes magazines are a great alternative with their shorter articles, allowing you to dip in and out at your leisure. I can also see them becoming an essential during the Autumn and Winter months when my own Mental Health becomes more challenging. 

I didn't realise until this year how many have started surfacing onto the shelves of supermarkets and I've been getting my hands on them whenever I see the latest issue. There are Mental Health magazines out there for young people as well as people who are older, there was even a Teen Breathe Teen Special for Boys that promotes the importance of understanding Mental Health problems with boys. 

Reports show that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year and magazines are really getting to grips to discussing different topics and discussions associated with Mental Health. I know there's more than just the four I am going to tell you apart (unfortunately I didn't have a copy of breathe to hand when writing this post). Enjoy reading about the fantastic Mental Health magazines and get your hands on them yourself.

TEEN BreatheRRP £5.63

This book follows in the footsteps of it's "older sibling" Breathe, with mindfulness that forms the basis of a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. This magazine is aimed towards teenagers but is also a suitable read for older people too. The magazine contains discussions around social media, sport, making friends and more. There's tips, exercises and ideas to help a young person explore how paying attention to their self care promotes their life moving forward. 

I picked up the 6th issue of TEEN Breathe and think it's visually stunning alone. Some of my favourite articles within this issue were 10 Food and Nutrition Truths You Need To Hear that hopefully inspires a more positive relationship with food, tips for adding Gratitude into your lifestyle with Attitude of Gratitude and Make A Vision Board which is a fantastic creative activity for you to get stuck into. I think this magazine is so beautifully put together and I really hope teenagers will be encouraged to getting their hands on it. I will probably continue to purchase this for myself. 

Breathe - RRP £7.73.

Breathe was the first magazine I saw that was aimed towards mindfulness and it's definitely a firm favourite of mine. It's slightly more pricey and I would definitely recommend it was slightly lower so more people would buy it. This magazine unlike the TEEN Breathe is split into 5 sections - wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape. The aim of this magazine is to help you "make more time for yourself" so would be a fantastic addition to your self-care routine. Like the TEEN Breathe magazine it contains beautiful illustrations, small craft projects and some fantastic features for you to be inspired by. 

I haven't been able to get my hands on the latest issue but enjoy the short articles written on their website, including Tips to Improve Your Daily Commute

In The Moment - RRP £7.73 online & £6.99 in stores. 

In The Moment is quite similar to Breathe as it's a practical lifestyle magazine for mindfulness that is fitted for creative women. The magazine contains practical creative projects, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas that embrace every aspect of a woman's life. It's a really chunky magazine too so there's lots of stuff to get stuck into it on a sunny day, winner! The magazine feels like it'll last forever. 

In the latest issue I got my hands on I really enjoyed the feature on The Magic of Live Music which gave for interesting discussion. It also encouraged me to think about seeing live music outside of my usual preferences. I also got some fantastic inspiration for creating delicious things with summer berries from their Celebrating Summer Berries feature, complete with recipes too! 

Happiful - RRP £4 in stores and free download online. 

Happiful is a magazine devoted to Mental Health and the latest magazine I've got my hands on which does that job. The magazine is on a mission to create a healthier, happier, more sustainable society by providing informative, inspiring and topical stories about mental health and wellbeing. The writing is suitable for women and helps break down the stigma of mental health within our society. There's a real light on the help that is out there too which is fantastic for those who haven't made that step yet. 

Not only is this magazine the cheapest to get my hands on, full of fantastic articles and topics for discussion but you can also download it for free from their website. If you subscribe to their free monthly e-newsletter then it'll arrive in your inbox on a monthly basis (find out more here). I have read two issues of the magazine since hearing about it and in my physical copy I really enjoyed the interview with Carrie Hope Fletcher about her work-life balance, discussions around OCD Misconceptions and a feature named 'Appy Days which highlights phone apps for managing Mental Health. That feature alone has encouraged some new downloads onto my phone recently! The fact you can access something for free that benefits and encourages conversation surrounding Mental Health is vital and I can't wait to continue reading this magazine amongst the others.

I would definitely recommend these 4 magazines for you to get stuck into. Are there any other Mental Health magazines you could think of that I may enjoy? Also I would love it if you could share any apps, websites or books which have benefited your Mental Health as I'd love to discuss some of these on my blog in the near future.

If you enjoyed this post then you may enjoy reading my post around Coping with Mental Health in the Workplace


  1. I've never read Happiful but I love the others so I'll definitely have to check it out :)


    1. Happiful is a fantastic magazine so I would definitely recommend you get your hands on it! :) x

  2. Loved this post Emmie! 100% want to give Breathe a read!


    1. You'll love Breathe, it's fantastic! You'll have to let me know your thoughts if you give it a go! x

  3. Wow! I've never heard of any of these magazines before! This was an interesting read, thank you for introducing us to new reads! :)

    I kind of want to check out In The Moment now, I think that's more my style. I might look into Breathe too. This might be a little off subject, but have you checked out Your Zen Life before? They're not a magazine but they're site is pretty great! I've been loving and reading some of their self-discovery and even some of their vegan recipes on there too for the last 5 years! You should check it out if you ever have a minute!

    1. Hi Meghan, no worries I'm glad it got you interested in new reads. I haven't, I will have to give it a read for myself as I'm always looking for new things to check out! I reckon it'd be right up my street! x

  4. I cannot thank you enough for this post. I didn’t even know you could get magazines like this let alone ones as amazing and inspiring. I can’t wait to sign up! Do you have any affiliate links for these subscriptions? I want to make sure you benefit from referring me! Xo

    1. I know when I discovered them I was over the moon! I don't, I should have because I'm always shouting about them! Definitely drop them an email to say I should have affiliate links ;) xx


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