Mental Health Toolkit

Hey guys!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written.  I recently got married and took some time off from blogging/volunteering as it’s been a crazy couple months! Planning a wedding, no matter how “chill” a person is, is probably one of the more stressful things for a couple.

Anyway, I’d like to write a post about what is in my mental health “tool kit.” 

What is that you ask? 

I have a box that, whenever I’m feeling that my mental health is not so great that day, has a bunch of things that assist me in keeping me mentally healthy.  I mostly use these when I am feeling anxious.

First, I have tangible items:

  • Chamomile or another relaxing tea
  • A book
  • A journal
  • Stress Away oil from Young Living

Reminders to do:

  • Take a bath
  • Go to a yoga class or do yoga at home
  • Meditate
  • Dance (I literally make myself get up and dance and sing.  In my room, in the shower, cleaning the kitchen and other chores etc.)  This one actually helps me a lot when I’m feeling depressed.

Who to call:

  • My therapist
  • My family doctor
  • My naturopath

My box is decorated with pictures and cut outs of things I love and that make me happy.  Inside and out.  It’s like my little mental health sanctuary.  It’s comforting and makes me feel safe.

I absolutely encourage others to create a toolkit as well.  It’s something to go to when you need.  I know I find myself not wanting to do anything when I’m anxious, depressed, or manic.  I sometimes zone out and talking to others is not the answer at the time.  The already made up tool kit is something easy to go to since there’s already physical items and ideas in it.  I find that once I have ideas of things to help in front of me it isn’t as hard to convince myself to do them.

What is, or what would be, in your toolkit?