Making your own emotional comfort kit is a great idea. I heard about the concept a while ago and immediately liked it.
Most of us have a medical first aid kit in the house, don’t we? So, why not an emotional one, too.
Even when you’re not under any particular kind of pressure, it’s beneficial to look after yourself both physically and emotionally.
An Emotional Comfort Kit is all about making time for yourself. Doing something just for you and because it makes you happy. And we could all use some of that, couldn’t we?
An Initial Dose of Comfort
When emotional crisis strikes, your emotional comfort kit is there to provide an initial dose of self-care.
It can be difficult to think clearly when you’re under pressure. You often don’t know what to do or where to turn. Having an emotional comfort kit already assembled will make dealing with stress so much easier.
Making a physical kit is a good idea, although you don’t have to. But, if you don’t, it means you’ll need to remember your techniques and ideas. It makes things so much easier if you can go straight to a physical object, where you know you’ll find everything you need.
It makes sense to give yourself the support you deserve when you’re dealing with stress. You know yourself better than anyone, so think about how you’ve dealt with worries in the past.
What relaxes you and takes your mind off the stresses of everyday life? Is there someone you can turn to? What sort of things make you happy? Do you need to learn a relaxation technique?
Tangible Items To Put In Your Kit
Emotional support can often be non-tangible but you can still include physical lists and notes to guide you in your crisis. This set of creative interventions by Californian Psychotherapist, Annie Wright are a great place to start. Add telephone numbers of family, friends or a counsellor you can count on to support you.
Then put a few tangible items in, such as:
- Scented candle/oil burner
- Luxury bath product
- A favourite book
- Sketch pad and pencils/pens/paint
- Colouring in book for adults
- A favourite movie
- Favourite music/playlist
- Audio of natural sounds (sea, bird song, etc)
- A book of poems
If you don’t have room for things like books, CDs, art materials, etc, just list them as a reminder of your options. Sometimes you may just be feeling a little ‘down’ and doodling on a sketch pad or putting your favourite movie on, will lift you up again.
Things That Work For Me
I’ve found one of the best ways of picking yourself up and relieving stress is to get active. Swimming is particularly good, but cycling, walking and dancing are great too. It’ll take your mind off your worries for a while and give you time to reassess.
I also love to get stuck into a good book or movie. In fact, I almost never not have a book on the go. Art is another way I relax. You don’t even need to be good at drawing to enjoy art. Just create what makes you happy. There are lots of adult colouring books around now, if you enjoy colouring in.
I hope these suggestions are useful to you. Please do let me know what works for you in the comments below.