Today I’d like to talk about ‘Personal Crisis Survival kits’ and how you can make your own. I took some idea’s from other crisis kits and made one more specialized to my own needs. I chose Anxiety specifically because I am a sufferer and I feel like this may help other people who are suffering.
Read on for a special giveaway at the end.
The idea of this kit is that you can find some calm during the storm. I plan on using my Anxiety Crisis box when I am having a panic or anxiety attack or when I am feeling low mood caused by my anxiety. The idea is that the box is filled with things that you find calming, this post is just filled with my suggestions on what helps me.
Find a box that is big enough to fit all of your items in but small enough to take out with you if need be. You could also use a bag which fits these items in keeping them together in one place. If you do decide to use a box why not decorate it? I did, I love using different bits of scrap patterned paper to create a beautiful unique box.
Headphones and MP3 player.
I have filled an entire MP3 player full of songs that make me happy! I find music to be very calming and it provokes a positive emotion if I play particular songs. Sometimes I find listening to music on my phone more complicated as I find myself on Social Media instead of actually enjoying the music. On my MP3 player, all of the songs have been well thought out, so that I will only progress after listening to them.
This item may be a bit trickier as you may have to replace the one in your box depending on how often or how little you are going to use this box. For me, when I am having a panic attack I often feel nauseous, and occasionally snacking at a piece of food can make the nausea feeling subside.
Aromatherapy – Essential Oils or A Candle.
Aromatherapy is one of the most useful and interesting things I have ever come across. It helps your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Of course, I wouldn’t mind if you chose to buy one of my candles! (Wink, Wink Hyperlink)
Miscellaneous Fidget Toys
I find having something to do can be beneficial as it will help concentrate the mind and it also opens up your sense of touch. Whether you want to use a fidget spinner, stress ball, Rubix cube, etc find something that suits you and your needs.
Photographs or Motivating Messages
Pick out some photographs which make you feel calm or relaxed to look through whilst you are feeling low. Get some close friends or family to write you a note, alternatively, you could google motivating messages and scribe these down to read over.
So I know this isn’t technically something you can put into your box, but it is something you could print off and place inside your box to try. I’ve been looking into this for a while now and fortunately enough I haven’t felt the need to try it out myself yet but when I do, I may write a post elaborating more on the subject.
The Anxiety Journal
I recently purchased The Anxiety Journal which is being widely talked about, I will be writing a review about The Anxiety Journal in the future so you can keep a look out for that too!
Available in Paperback or Kindle here. (Affiliate Link)
If any of you do decide to make your own please don’t forget to share it with me. You can contact me via any of my social media pages, I’d love to see what else you decide to put into your box and if and how it helped you.
If you are struggling with your mental health, there are people out there who can help you! Don’t be afraid to speak out, and of course, if you are wanting to chat, I am always free to do so, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via my social media pages.
I’d like to give away a completely customized candle for your Anxiety Crisis Kit!
24 scents to choose from! (20 of them aren’t even available on the shop yet!)
And a choice of 12 different colours. You could do a block colour or a multicoloured candle like I have chosen.
I have wrote a blog post for everyday of the week for Mental Health Awareness week, each day covering a different topic. Tommorow’s blog post is now available here.
The Topic is: Understanding Mental Health