Mental Health

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!

How to Create a Mental Health Survival Kit

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.

Harry potter and the deathly hallows book plus professor snape pop vinyl

  • 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.

Xbox controller and games

  • 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.

fantastic beasts and where to find them colouring book

  • 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?

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12 Comments

  1. Beccah

    May 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    This is such a good idea! I need to make one to help me on my low days. A colouring book would definitely be good in mine, and I recently got a cute lavender-scented unicorn heat bag (which is ideal because my low days often coincide with period cramps!). I think I’d definitely put something with my partners cologne on it as the smell reminds me of him and makes me feel safe.

    Thanks for this post! I have no doubt that this will be so helpful to me in the future.

    Beccah xx
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  2. Jade Marie

    May 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I’m so glad you found my tips useful Beccah! ☺️ A lavender wheat bag sounds absolutely perfect- two things in one! 😍 I’m not going to lie, I spray my partners side of the bed with his cologne when he isn’t here so it still smells like him at night 🙈 the only downside is if I wake up, go to cuddle him and wonder why he isn’t there- it’s pretty confusing at 3am! 😂 xx

  3. helenevlacho

    May 28, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Such a great idea! This post is really helpful. I always curry a book with me and some candies.

  4. Jade Marie

    May 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂 can’t beat a good book to help you relax!

  5. Nicki

    June 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I love these ideas, I am always scribbling on post it notes or making a list so I make sure I have a pen and paper with me

  6. Jade Marie

    June 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Lists are life for me so glad to know I’m not the only one haha

  7. asseenonjean

    July 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I’ve never thought of having one of these but it’s such a great idea! I have anxiety linked to my ibs so carry round things to help me to cope with that.

  8. Jade Marie

    July 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I’m glad to help! 🙂 I have IBS myself so I always make sure to have something peppermint with me- I’m terrified of having a flair up in public!

  9. asseenonjean

    July 17, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Me too, it’s horrible isn’t it!

  10. Jade Marie

    July 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

    It really is! Can ruin your entire day just by eating something 🙁

  11. asseenonjean

    July 17, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Yep! And my anxiety really messes with my ibs 🙁

  12. Jade Marie

    July 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    It’s a catch 22! 🙁

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