Written by: Roni Horak, RSI Clinical Director for Behavioral Health and Counseling Services
Building your personal toolbox during this time can be incredibly helpful to help deal with anxious or helpless feelings. All of us have different tools that help us and keep us moving forward during difficult times. Mine is a literal toolbox that currently sits on my desk in my little “happy space” at home. Items in my box include headphones, a stress ball, earplugs, essential oils, hard candy, and more. Earplugs drown out other sounds, help me center myself and listen to my breathing. It quiets down my space. The hard candy reminds me to concentrate on the taste, feel, smell, and my senses. This helps me stay mindful of the moment and distracts me from excessive thoughts or worry.