this mash up is 2 stories mixed in one. one side of the story is trying really hard for someone to fall in love with a certain someone but the other one is giving up. (i posted this before but the audio wasn't working so please like or reblog!)
Coping Tool Kit/Calm Box/Self-Care Package: It is often helpful for clients to have a central place to keep items that will help them cope, and to prevent regression after termination. I have clients decorate their box and fill it with anything they feel will help to look back on.
Distractors: When anxiety first starts to build it is sometimes helpful to do a distractor task to keep anxiety at a more manageable level. Examples are fidgets, sensory activities, puzzles, brain teasers, coloring/drawing materials, etc.
Coping Tools: Include multiple options of coping tools that help manage anxiety (ex. emotional regulation activities, comforting items, meditation/breathing exercises, etc.)
Reminders of Supports: Photos and letters from family/friends. Encouraging letters from yourself could also be a nice addition.
Means of Self-Expression: My view is that use of the box for distraction/coping should be followed by some means of self-expression or processing. Suggestions of items to include are a journal, art supplies/sketch book, etc.
Resource List: Include a list of community resources, referrals, hotline numbers, etc. incase they become necessary.
Grounding Techniques: Include a grounding object and a list of a few of your favorite grounding techniques to do when needed. Click here for suggestions.
Therapy Materials: Interventions, work done in sessions, note from therapist, photos of important sand trays, etc.
Self-Care: Include self-care items as well as self-care reminders (ex. self-care calendar, goals, etc.)
Does anyone have any other suggestions for what helps you or your clients?