Sometimes having the bad short term memory that accompanies C-PTSD can be interesting. I find things I thought were lost or forgot I had. It can be like Christmas some days..lol I just found something I’d started to make a couple of months ago, then promptly forgot about.
It’s a small box that I painted & wanted to fill with little slips of paper containing good ideas on combating anxiety. I wrote out a bunch of ideas on colored construction & painted the box to make it more visually appealing. Anyway, some of the ideas are stop & breathe deeply for 2 minutes, go for a drive, pray, listen to relaxing music, read about something I find interesting, look at fun pictures or paintings I enjoy. I searched the internet for ideas & found a bunch!
If you too live with anxiety, then you know sometimes it can be hard to fight. It also can be hard to think of ways to fight it when you’re in the throes of it, especially if you’re having a panic or anxiety attack. That is where this box idea comes into play. When the anxiety is too bad & I need help alleviating it, I’ll pull out ideas from the box & do whatever it says on the paper.
I thought this was a helpful idea, & it might benefit you too, Dear Reader. It’s a very cheap & easy to do idea that won’t take up much of your time. I found a pretty little wooden box I liked at a craft store for $1 & construction paper at the dollar store. I used acrylic paint (usually just over $1 for a bottle) to paint it, then sprayed a clear paint over it since acrylic paint is water soluble. Just use a little creativity & you can create a cute box that you enjoy looking at. A trip into your local craft store should provide you plenty of inspiration. It seems to me this box is more likely not to be ignored if it’s visually appealing.
Then when your box is all done, or at least while the paint or stain is drying, write out a bunch of ideas that help you to relax. Use a pretty paper or if you prefer, type them out on your computer using a really interesting font, then cut out the ideas, fold the pieces of paper & place in your box.
I hope this idea helps you, Dear Reader. Anxiety is nothing to ignore. It can wreak havoc on your mental health as well as your physical health. Treat yourself well & try to relax when anxiety becomes a problem for you- you deserve to be as healthy & happy as possible!