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May 19, 2023

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In Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

V~Into: May 2023

We all know you can’t pour from an empty cup, so in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re sharing eight books, recipes, podcasts, rituals, and organizations to nourish, strengthen, and support our minds, so we can show up for ourselves and one another with a full cup.


Mindful Munchies: Yuzu Carrot Cake

A dreamy way to care for your mind, tastebuds, and the planet all at once. Did you know carrots have been found to increase mood and memory? Well, our founder’s take on her mama’s nostalgic recipe blends our naturally gluten-free House Muffin Mix and 100% Pure Avocado Oil, with grated carrots and pureed pineapple for a treat that’s not only delicious but beneficial to your brain health.

Tune In: "Thoughts May Vary" Podcast

A podcast about changing our minds. Hosted by Gabriela Ulloa and Meadowlark Monaghan, Thoughts May Vary is here to make personal development less isolating and far more genuine. Community, vulnerability, and grace for ourselves (and others) when we change our minds, make the journey toward internal growth all the better.

Brainfood: west~bourne Avocado Oil

Did you know that avocados are virtually the only fruit with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat or the “good fats”? These fats make avocados incredible for our mental health, cognition, and memory. Our Avocado Oil Set, made for all your cooking and finishing needs, makes consuming more avocados both delicious and simple.

Must-Watch: Call Jane

"Call Jane" is a beautiful example of the power of women – across race, age, and financial standing – to gather, create community, raise consciousness, and fight for their own autonomy. This fictional drama shares the story of the Jane Collective, a real-life Chicago group that helped women get secure safe, illegal abortions in the 1960s, stopping only in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision.

Page-Turner: “Why Has Nobody Told Me This?” by Dr. Julie Smith

Filled with secrets from Dr. Julie Smith’s toolkit, Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before This teaches readers how to fortify and maintain their mental health, and tackle everyday issues with practical solutions in bite-sized, easy-to-digest entries (even in the most trying of times).

Get Moving: The Pilates Class (or however you like to move)

With sunny days upon us, grab a reusable water bottle, a mat, and a workout class you love and move your body in whatever way you like to. We’ve been loving The Pilates Class for mind-body connection and archive of pilates, yoga, barre, and strength classes for all levels. Even just 15 minutes movement can make all the difference.

Support Others: To Write Love on Her Arms 

Take action by volunteering, donating, and/or organizations created to help those who are struggling. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Self-Care: Mental Health Days

Self care also means turning inwards and tuning into how you’re feeling. Avoid burnout and take a mental health day when you need one. Use it as a day to care for you – go for a long walk, catch up with friends, spend the day catching up on rest, whatever makes you care best for you. Apause will allow you to come back with fresh energy, less stress, and a renewed spirit. In honor of Mental Health Month, west~bourne will be taking a team-wide mental health day to reset and restore.

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