The Breathe pin is a blue tactile bandage pin badge, with an accompanying anxiety breathing exercise card, inspired by the 4-7-8 anti-anxiety breathing technique.
Meditative, slow, deep breathing has been shown to shift your nervous system to induce a state of calm. These breathing methods have been used to help insomniacs, anxiety sufferers, or anyone who would like to relax and lower their stress levels (Reference studies: 1 & 2). These pins act as a reminder to do just that! Breathe.
The technique is simple (Try it now and see for yourself!):
- Close your mouth an inhale through your nose for count of 4.
- Hold your breath for count of 7.
- Exhale completely through your mouth for count of 8.
- Repeat the cycle 3 times.
These badges are hard metal, with a soft enamel coating. Each badge is 25mm in width, with a silver butterfly clasp backing, and hand painted, (as the enamel is carefully placed in the recesses of the badge by hand). When baked, this leaves a dip, which raises the metal above the enamel. This creates a tactile surface, which adds another nice sensory (touch) element to the pin. If you rub your finger over the badge, it feels like little bumpy bubbles under your fingertips! Tactile awareness and stimulation is just another method of decreasing stress, whilst increasing concentration and creativity. (ref.)
Hello! A little bit about us! We are Motivational Tattoos. We are a small company based in London, England, providing motivational bandage tattoos with positive affirmations on them. We started out right here on Kickstarter! I am Francesca, a Psychology graduate from London, who has dealt with my own mental health issues, and am using my experiences, and studies, to create products to help others like myself. I like to base the products we create on factual scientific studies and proven self-help methods. Our products have been featured by news media agencies around the globe, and we have shipped to over 80 different countries worldwide. We aim to build a network of support and awareness around our products. Some examples: Cosmopolitan, My Modern Met and Yahoo!Beauty.
Our goals, and what we represent:
- Promoting Self Care worldwide (taking time to look after yourself).
- Raising awareness of mental health issues and creating a support network (both online and offline).
- Creating a conversation point around mental health.
- When your friends and family see you wearing these, they will know you need extra help and support that day. (Making an invisible illness, visible).
Creating widespread change requires a collaborative, community effort. This is why we give to registered charities, organisations and projects via direct donations, product donations, collaborations, and fundraising. We aim to go above and beyond financial contributions, by offering our services, talks, and becoming active members of the Mental Health Awareness community. You can visit our donations list here.
Unlocked: A second, orange, 'I Am Enough', badge design to the manufacturers! We will also design a matching self-confidence boosting mini-card for this one! Best of all, all you lovely backers will have the option to choose from either badge (if you have backed for more than one badge, you can choose both, or whichever combination of the badges you'd like!). After the campaign is over, you will receive a survey where you can select exactly which badge(s) you would like, and provide any other details we require.
Unlocked: A third turquoise green motivational pin and accompanying motivational backer card!
Thank you for reading! Even if you cannot back us right now, it would mean the world to us, if you shared this project with your friends and followers (you are more than welcome to use any of our photos, just pop a link back, or give a shoutout to @motivationaltattoos on Instagram!). Simply by clicking a button and sharing this project, you are helping us to spread our mental health awareness campaign, which is what we are all about! Thank you so much for your support.
Risks and challenges
Having already completed and delivered a successful Kickstarter on my own, I am aware of the risks and challenges involved. This time around, I am grateful to have a small team to help me. The badge and backing card are both already fully designed, and we will be working with the same manufacturer who delivered the prototype badges that you see here in this Kickstarter campaign. There is always a possibility of delays, both in manufacture and shipping processes, which is why we have allowed a 2 month delivery period, to allow for any delays that should arise. As with my last project, we will keep all backers fully informed every step along the way (including photos, regular posts and social media updates).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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