When you're struggling and need something to cope with anxiety and panic, a self soothe box can be really helpful.
You can create and decorate an actual box or bag, putting in things to support you on difficult days and you could also createa portable one digitally on your phone, so its always with you.
What to Include in your Kindness Kit
Choose things that are soothing for all five senses:
Inspiring Quotes & Positive Coping Statements (Mantras)
Choose some of your favourites - a poem, song lyric, line from a book; write them out on little cards or paper, decorate it to make it your own.
Print out or create a digital gallery of the people and pets or the places and experiences that remind you of good memories and lift the spirits. That visit to an adventure park, a picnic with friends, the concert you enjoyed... the list is endless.
Playlists & Podcasts
Put in a reminder list - to remind you of your favourite uplifting songs or podcasts that anchor you back to better times.
Always good to have some creative materials - paper, pad and pens to express yourself visually or in words...
From fidget spinners, feathers, and sparkly glitter cubes to therapy putty, bubble wrap and smooth stones... add in something to fiddle with!
Top Reads and Activities
Got a favourite book that you always return to? Enjoy crosswords or puzzles? Put copies in your kit.
Don't forget to put something in to self soothe whether it be a lovely perfume or body spray or essential oil, a luxurious facemask, nail varnish, handcream, a scented bath bomb or bubble bath.
Whether its a little teddy, cosy socks or scarf or pom pom... somethings
Write a list of people you can contact - friends, helplines etc and put those people on speed dial on your phone.
Here are some links to show you how to get started and to inspire you in creating your own.
Young Minds - How to Make a Self Soothe Box
Young Minds blogger Eve shares how she made her self soothe box.