In the midst of stress, self-care often takes a backseat. Engrossed in our reactions, we occasionally lose sight of how to properly take care of ourselves.
As a kinesiologist, I’ve been incorporating a unique approach with my clients: developing a wellbeing or emotional first aid kit. This kit serves as a tangible reminder of the strategies they’ve identified as beneficial for their emotional health and physical wellbeing. Some of my clients opt for visual cues. For instance: an image of a beach to trigger the memory of the calming effect of a beach walk, a photograph of someone performing yoga, or even a list of emergency contacts, prompting them to engage in a supportive conversation when needed. A particularly memorable example was a client who included a mini bottle of water in her kit as a reminder to hydrate more during periods of stress. Some clients resonate with sticky notes bearing thought-provoking quotes or affirmations that help them regain perspective.
Reflect on what brings you comfort, assistance, and rejuvenation. Consider penning down these elements and placing the list where you can easily see it, or get inventive and assemble an actual emotional first aid kit. Keep this list or kit within reach and in times of stress, let it guide you back towards the path of effective self-care.