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, but put basically, a Mental Health Survival Kit is a box/bag/draw full of all the things you find helpful for when you’re having bad day.
Now what you put in one will differ from person to person; someone could find exercising or playing a video game helpful, while another might want something more relaxing like reading or colouring.
Your Mental Health Survival Kit 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 travelling to a new place; having something with you that makes you feel safe and reminds you of home is a great way to feel grounded- especially if you struggle with travel anxiety.
I’m slightly obsessed with lavender, it reminds me of spending weekends at my grandparents and is even more comforting since my nan became ill. I have a little lavender pouch that I bought off of eBay, that I take with me most places. Its small enough to fit into your hand, meaning you can easily hide it when you’re out in public.
I’ve recently starting to make my own, so that I can have them any size or shape that I like. All it takes is some spare fabric and fresh lavender; I use recycle my old clothes and use the lavender that I grow myself in the garden.
If you’re a quick reader like me, then I would recommend getting a Kindle rather than trying to carry around several different books. I resisted getting one for so long but now I’m so glad I did: I have nearly 200 books on mine and I can take them all with me wherever I go.
Don’t get me wring, 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!
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. Theres also the option of downloading games onto you phone; some of my favourites are Harry Potter- Hogwarts Mystery, Disney Kingdoms and Pokemon Go.
They’re easy to play and don’t really require much commitment for the most part; just remember to take a portable charger with you if you’re out of the house, as they can really drain your phones battery!
There are so many adult colouring books available these days and if traditional cooling books aren’t your thing, there are plenty of apps you can get for your phone or tablet.
I’ve mostly been using apps on my iPad since I got an Apple Pencil, but I do still enjoy using the Harry Potter colouring book that I picked up a few months ago.
How did we ever survive without Spotify?
Okay so I know you can’t technically put this “in” your kit, but we’ll just gloss over that bit.
I love the fact that you can create playlists for ever mood and occasion, and I have one dedicated for self care. It’s mostly full of upbeat, happy songs that I can dance and sing along to; mostly 90’s disco songs and Disney soundtracks- don’t judge!
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.