In the original self care kit post, we gave some general ideas of what to include in your kit. The rest of the SCK series will focus more in depth on what to include, and why to include it.
For part one we’re going to focus on self-soothing, utilizing your five senses in order to help calm yourself and bring you down from whatever made you reach for your box.
Your five senses ground you in reality, in the here and now, and can help to focus your thoughts away from what-ifs and could-have-beens.
Include things in your kit that you can touch. Try to vary textures so that your mind doesn’t get bored. Some ideas are:
- Stress ball
- Stuffed animal
- A silk cloth (or varying fabrics in general)
- Braided cord
- A textured bag or journal (scaly, faux alligator skin, furry, rough, soft, smooth)
Make yourself a playlist of soothing music or relaxing meditation guides, or even soothing sounds such as heartbeats, the ocean, rain, or static. Put it on your ipod and keep your ipod in your kit, or make a CD and keep a player in the kit. Whichever works best for you.
Throw in some things you can look at. Pictures that make you happy, a snow globe (If you want your kit to be portable, wrap your snowglobe or any other breakables in newspaper and slide them into their own little box), silk flowers, etc. Things that are nice to look at.
Add in things that you can eat/drink as well.
- Chocolate bars
- Sour candy
- Drink mixes
Include scents that you like.
- Scented bubble bath
- Coffee beans
- Cinnamon sticks
You can adjust your kit according to what appeals to your senses. These are just some suggestions.