If you get a cut or burn at home you probably have everything you need to take care of it so it will heal. It’s also important to have what you need to take care of your mental health every day. You should practice a variety of good habits, including getting enough sleep, exercising, eating nutritious foods, spending time with friends and family and more. Sometimes, we experience extreme stressors and having the right Emotional First Aid Kit can help. Here are some ideas about tools you can use when you are feeling especially anxious or depressed. These activities will affect the feel good biochemical in your brain and will help you develop a sense of calm and well-being. If you have these items in place you can keep them with you when you anticipate that you will be stressed or upset.

A grounding object such as a ball or small stone – just squeezing this object, and paying attention to your physical reaction, can help calm your emotions.

A list of people you can call – these people should be emotionally supportive and if you can’t reach them, write down what you want to say. Wait until you can actually talk to the people on this list to ask for support.

Positive photographs – have few photographers or videos easily accessible. Looking at these pictures should stimulate positive feelings and happy memories.

Inspirational reading – many people find comfort in reading poems, prayers or inspirational stories.

Chewing gum – chewing gum is a repetitive motion which produces the serotonin that has a calming effect on the brain.

A journal to write down your feelings or to draw and doodle – this is a great way to get any negativity out of your head and being creative gives you a positive mood.

Water – sitting and relaxing with a drink of water can have an immediate effect on your mood. Don’t gulp it down, but sip, relax and be mindful of how you are feeling.

You are worthy of happiness. At Advantage Health Centers, we have a behavioral health team that is ready to support you with any of your behavioral health needs.