Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Depressive Episode Coping Box

    I got the idea of a "Depressive Episode Coping Box" from a user on Reddit. It's a box filled with specific items to get you through a depressive episode. The user was asking for kind thoughts from fellow redditors so that she can put in her box. She also listed some of the things she put in her box. Well I decided to come up with a few things to put in my own box. You can make your own box too. And if you don't have bipolar disorder you can just call your box a "happy box".

1. A kind letter from self-
     Write yourself a nice letter. Say things to yourself that you would say to a friend who was in pain. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would show others. Here is a good website on self- compassion.

2. Letters from loved ones-
     This might take a little courage but asked loved ones to write you a letter. This can be a friend, a parent, a sibling, or anyone who would have some lovely words for or about you. I like to gather a few from several people. Keep these in your box so that you can reread them.

3. Feel Good movies-
     Best Buy and Walmart have some $5 bins with movies in them. Dig through them and find some feel- good movies that you can keep in your box. I might write a post on a list of Feel Good movies!

4. Silly Pictures-
     Snapchat has some great features that alter your face. I love to make silly faces a print the pictures for my box. I take pictures of my friends and the always put a smile on my face.

5. Non-caffeinated tea bags and favorite mug-
     Some suggestions for this are Yogi St Johns Blues Away Tea and Yogi Relaxed Mind. Or a simple chamomile tea.

6. Coloring book and crayons-
     Lately adult coloring books have been getting plenty of attention for the positive affect they have on stress and depression. They can be found at Barnes and Noble or even the book sections at Target.

7. Index card with favorite quotes-
     You can put any kind of quotes but my favorite are quotes from children's books.

8. Bath bombs-
     Who doesn't love a good, nice, warm bath? Well I like to add bath bombs to my bath because the smell can be soothing and it looks cute! If you're not a fan of Lush then you can try a normal bubble bath.

9. Music playlist-
     A list of songs that make you want to get up and dance by yourself in your room. Or simple songs that make you happy.

10. Phone list-
A list of phone numbers of the top three people in your support system. I would also add the National crisis hotline 1-800-273-TALK.

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