Life inevitably can get very busy at times. We might find ourselves rushing around all day and in high pressure situations outside of the comfort of our homes. If a mental health emergency strikes, it is helpful to have some handy things in your purse or pocket that can help you deal with the situation right on the spot. Some people can even end up at the hospital because their anxiety attack seems like a medical emergency. To avoid that, there are some quick and easy things you can carry to help.
Essential oils are concentrated aromatic compounds from different plants. They have a very strong influence on the human body and limbic system. Taking a few deep breaths of a calming oil like lavender or frankincense can have a powerful and instant effect on a person’s mood. You can get a scent that is pleasing or southing to you and keep it in your purse for a quick pick-me-up. Citrus oils can uplift you and give you an energy boost.
Cannabinoids like cannabidiol can bind in the brain in a way that is extremely calming and soothing. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety. It is very mild and has no side effects. It comes in liquids and capsules that can easily be carried around just in case, in high-pressure situations.
It can be helpful to journal in a stressful situation. You can get your feelings and thoughts out on paper with a quick journal session. As a bonus, you will be able to reference it later and see what kinds of situations were bringing up anxiety or other mental health issues. This is useful info to bring to therapy or just to have for yourself.
Having some regular or noise cancelling headphones with your favorite music, or southing sounds to help anchor and calm you if you are feeling anxious when you are out. Music and sound is very cerebral and it is very influential for our mental state. You can even bring an audiobook you enjoy that is calming. This can take your mind off your anxiety and help you focus on something else.
If you are on any medications, it goes without saying that you should always have them handy. Always make sure you have things like your inhaler or epi pen available if you know you might need them.
Some people have special gemstones or bracelets that they find comforting to hold or fiddle with. They may have a mantra or good feeling associated with the talisman that helps to center or calm them. Consider bringing yours, especially when you know you might be under stress.
When you are getting ready to go out for a busy day, remember to include some of these tools as you pack. If you feel like your mental health needs a boost throughout the day you can bust them out and be feeling better in no time. That way you can continue with your day confidently.