Make self-care easy when you are feeling low, by creating a self-soothe box for your mental health.
A self-soothe box is the perfect go-to for when you need immediate mental health support.
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What Is A Self-Soothe Box?
A self-soothe box contains everything you need to complete self-care.
It can be there for you everyday or quietly sit in the background, as a safety net for coping in times of crisis.
Having a self-care kit makes it easy and convenient to help yourself on difficult days.
Before I made my self-soothe box, I really believed that nothing helped me and I would practically have an empty box.
Though with time and as I thought more about it, there were a lot of things with the potential to help me.
I learnt that I was worthy of helping myself and using this as a way of coping, when I feel myself slipping into an episode of depression.
Creating Your Box
Firstly, find a medium size box and decorate it with pictures, drawings and sequins if you like to get creative.
Next, gather items to put in your box which provide you with comfort and happiness.
Over time I filled my self-care box with small items that help me in different emotional states, and items which appeal to each of my senses.
Fast forward to 2020: my box is overflowing and I have a limitless amount of support made by and for myself.
Here are some examples of items that you can use and put in your self-soothe box.
Quotes or Lyrics
Notes or Letters
Mindful Colouring Book
Notebook or Journal
My favourite journal at the moment is Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal. It has really helped me to de-stress and appreciate the little things in everyday.
Amethyst Stones or Crystals
Ribbon and Textiles
Putty or Clay
Guatemalan Worry Doll
A Soothing Spotify Playlist
Helpline Contact Numbers
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Scratch and Sniff Stickers
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Gum and Mints
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It is important to cater for the majority of emotions that you feel, so your box can help you in multiple situations.
By including at least one item that appeals to each sense, it’s likely that you’re covered!
Most of the items in my self-care box are small and transportable. Therefore, I can always keep the box with me and have things close to me that I know help me in difficult situations.
If you can’t bring your box with you, then you can still take a couple of things from it to support you during the day.
Now you have your own self-soothe box and another coping mechanism to support you in your mental health recovery.
A final reminder: self-care is an investment, not an expense.
Please tag me on Instagram with pictures of your self-soothe boxes. I can’t wait to see them!
Below are links to websites that can help you, if you are struggling with your mental health. Please know that you are worthy of love, support and recovery.