So it’s been a while but the blog is back, and this time it’s here to stay. There will be a new blog post every week (hopefully), and I thought I’d start off the posts with talking about this week’s theme of self soothe boxes and what’s in my own self soothe box and why.
So, self soothe boxes are something quite new to me and it was actually a task a few weeks ago from my DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) course to put together my own box, and to be honest since then I’ve been thinking why didn’t I do this sooner. I have a lot of things that I have found over time to help me when I’m feeling distressed but they’re usually just dotted around the house and never all in one place. So I took the time to gather them all together and now I have my own self soothe box.
So what’s inside? The idea of a self soothe box is to have at least one item for each of the senses and I tried to make sure I did this. So starting with smell, I have 2 items one is a lavender essential oil and the other is a lavender roll on. As you can tell I really like lavender, over the last few years I’ve got into a routine of putting a few drops of lavender essential oil onto my pyjamas just before bed (when I remember) so I like to think that I associate the lavender smell with relaxation and sleep.
Next we move on to taste, and of course I’ve got a tub of toxic waste. For me they are a good choice for when I’m feeling agitated and also for when you’re feeling the urge to self harm. If you’re looking for other ideas you could add for taste you could include things like chewing gums, something salty, or your favourite snack. But just a little tip, try and use items that have a long shelf life and don’t need to be kept in the fridge. I always think lemons would be a good option but they aren’t going to last more than a few days and that can get expensive! For taste you could also include a drink, maybe it’s your favourite brand of tea.
Now we move on to touch, and fidgets! I have quite a collection of fidgets from poppers to spinners to a squishy aubergine but one of my favourites at the moment are my acupressure rings. If you don’t know what they are they are metal rings that stretch so you can roll them up and down your fingers and they are almost painful but give a really nice pressure sensation.
For sound I’ve got 2 opposites, headphones for when I want to listen to music and earplugs for when I don’t want to hear anything. At times when I’ve found myself in crisis I become very overwhelmed by sound and find myself covering my ears so earplugs are the perfect answer to this. And finally sight, and I’ve of course included a set of my self harm coping strategies that I can flick through for more coping strategies to try, a notepad and pen, and finally I have my little helpline numbers card just incase I find myself needing that little bit of extra support.
So that’s what’s in my box, I hope this has been helpful in some way, and I guess now is the perfect time to talk a little bit about our newest product that is available right now. Our crisis self soothe box is the perfect gift for someone you know who may be struggling or the perfect treat for yourself. It is filled with so many of our products including our crisis pack, TeaKind branded drawstring bag, little reminders for bad days print, and so much more. It is also filled with a collection of items that I have specifically chosen to aid in self soothing. If you’d like to get your hands on one of these boxes be quick because I’ve only made 6, I hope you love them as much as I’ve loved making them.
See you next week for another post, Chloe 💖