Depression. Tips for you. Tips for me.

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I swiped this from Hilary’s blog, now go read her post so I don’t feel bad about stealing her graphic, okay?!?! https://withonesmile.wordpress.com/

A Facebook friend of mine wrote this post about how to help a friend who is going through depression:

A few thoughts on how to help a friend with depression.

It’s a great read, and I especially like the tips about just sending a quick text or note to let them know that you’re thinking of them.

After reading Hilary’s post, I knew I wanted to write something about mental health today. I just wasn’t sure of the direction I wanted to take.

Then I remembered something I ran across a few weeks ago about making a self-care toolbox. I can’t find the actual webpage I found the idea, but the basic premise is that you get yourself a box (fancy, plain, or an actual toolbox) and you put things in it that help you cope.

Ideally, there are a variety of things in your care-kit like:

  • Quotes
  • Notebook
  • Pretty Pens
  • Something soft, silky, or squishy
  • Pressed Flowers
  • Photos
  • Non-perishable treats
  • Coloring, Word Cross, or Sudoku Books
  • Funny DVD

Pretty much anything that will fit in the box and make you feel better. I happen to have a box laying around that I started to decorate for a different project that I never finished. In fact, I had changed my mind about making the original project and the box has been just laying around taking up space. And I feel kinda crappy about all the time and energy I had put into getting that box ready for the original project, so I decided I’m going to use that box as my care kit.

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(I should paint that dresser too…)

Take that, you damn unfinished project that’s been sitting under my dresser, mocking me! I’ve found the perfect use for you. I will no longer feel bad about prepping your surfaces with gesso and then abandoning you under my dresser. You’re going to help make me feel GOOD¹!

Deep breathing…calm back down. No need to smite the unfinished project that will become my self-care kit, right?

 

The Real MFP LOGO

¹Even though I’ve found a new use for that box, I still have to get out my paints and papers to decorate it, which is kinda where I stalled out last time…wish me luck?

 

 

 

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