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.
What would you put in your own mental health survival kit?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.