How to Create a Mental Health Survival Kit
If there is one thing that has helped me get through the past year its my Mental Health Survival Kit! Okay so it sounds a hell of a lot more fancy than it actually is. Basically a MHSK is a box/bag/draw full of all the things you find helpful for when you have a bad mental health day.
Now what you put in one will differ from person to person: one person may find reading helpful while another may want to kick some ass on their favourite video game (or if you’re like me- both!).
Before making one you’ll need to take some time to work out what makes you feel better when you are down. Brainstorming can be a great tool to use for this, you’d be surprised the things you think of when you get into it!
I make sure to have a little scent pouch and my fidget cube with me whenever I go out, even if I’m with Chris. I had a full on meltdown a few weeks ago (my first in nearly a year) and didn’t have any of my coping tricks with me. Safe to say I looked a right mess, I turn into Rudolph when I cry and that really wasn’t something I wanted Chris to see. Then again the fact that he didn’t kick me out of the car and drive away as fast as possible is a good sign!
A mhsk is also a great item to take with you when you leave your comfort zone. This could be when you’re going on holidays or day trips: having something with you that makes you feel safe and reminds you of home is a great way to feel grounded- especially if you get travel anxiety.
Some ideas of what you can put in your mhsk:
- Scents/perfumes that relax you. I love lavender as it reminds me of my childhood at my grandparents but it could be something like your significant others aftershave or your favourite candle.
- A book (or 3…). If you’re like me and what to have a ton of books in your kit then I would recommend getting a Kindle. I resisted getting one for so long but now I’m so glad I did: I have nearly 100 books on mine and I can take them all with me wherever I go! I still prefer a physical books but a Kindle is so much more practical, especially if you want to read Game of Thrones without your arm dropping off from how heavy it is!
- Portable gaming device and favourite games. If you don’t have one and don’t want to break the bank, you can pick old ones fairly cheaply these days, both online and in stores.
- Colouring book and pencils. If you aren’t into the traditional methods there are also plenty of apps out there you can use.
- A blanket/onesie/pjs. Because you want to be as comfortable as possible when you’re feeling shit.
- Comfort food. None perishables would be best, to make sure they don’t go out of date before you use them.
- A teddy. Because you’re never too old to cuddle up with you’re favourite teddy.
- A Happy Jar. If you don’t have one then check out this post on how to make one and why they’re beneficial to you!
- MP3 player full of your favourite songs and headphones. Again if you don’t have one you can pick an old one up for next to nothing these days.
- Hot water bottle or a wheat bag. Because as every girl who has the monthly torture of periods will know, they are a lifesaver!
What would you put in your own mental health survival kit?