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What to put in a coping skills toolbox?

I often find myself in chat rooms for bipolar disorder support stuff, and sometimes there will be people coming in who are stuck in their rooms on the brink of disaster in various episodes. My main advice I seem to give is to create a “coping skills toolbox” (a soothingly colored/wrapped/decorated large shoebox stuffed with coping skill goodies) and shove it under their bed or in their closet. Here are some ideas for what you might put in one:

  • Your favorite small stuffed animal
  • A list of emergency phone numbers and numbers of your psychiatrist and/or therapist (just in case)
  • Anything you have kept from a hospital/mental institution, i.e. lists of coping skills, leveling awards, pictures you drew in group, etc,
  • Any uplifting letters you’ve received (if people even send letters anymore)
  • A CD of calming instrumentals
  • Scented lotion
  • Dark chocolate (avoid eating your feelings, but a little bit of chcocolate works and gives you a little boost according to science)
  • Goofy pictures you’ve taken with friends
  • Crayons/colored pencils/fat markers/oil pastels/washable paint and paper (avoid pens and pencils with erasers)
  • Paper designated for gratitude lists
  • A list of promises you’ve made to yourself or your loved ones
  • A religious text and highlighters if you’re into that or specific verses from one
  • Your favorite non-triggering movie
  • Bubble gum
  • Crossword puzzles/mazes/sudoku/word searches
  • A yoga mat if you’ve got a really big shoebox or maybe a larger cardboard box and yoga actually works for you
  • A positivity journal (where no negative thinking is allowed)
  • Playdough or modeling clay
  • Tissues
  • A small blanket- maybe even your childhood blankie
  • Oragami paper if you’re into that
  • Quotes
  • A stress ball
  • A pillow
  • A wheel of coping skills— a homemade spinner that you have to try to do whatever coping skill it lands on (don’t do this if you might be tempted to use the spinner or the metal peice in the middle to self harm… if you think you would a good substitute is to crumple up bits of paper that have coping skills listed on them and toss them into the box)

There are so many other things you could put in there, but these are the ones I came up with just now to get you thinking. Anyway, I better put some of these ideas to use because I did NOT handle myself well earlier. I guess I need to start listening to my own advice.

What else would you put in a coping skills toolbox?

anonymous asked:

Is oil popped popcorn bad for you? do you know how many calories are in it?

I LOVE popcorn! It’s one of those quick snack to grab on the go that is high in fiber and low in fat. However, it all depends on how you make it which could add fat, calories and sodium. Making popcorn in the microwave is convenient, but store-bought popcorn is often unhealthy and full of chemicals. I have a better solution…


1. Measure 3 tbsp. of popcorn into the small dish. This dish will be used to combine all the ingredients and ensure that each kernel gets an even coat of oil,which is essential to good popcorn popping.

2. Measure 2 tbsp. of olive oil into the small dish. Olive oil is a heart healthy oil and is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. Additionally, olive oil contains many antioxidant compounds known for their cancer-fighting properties. Don’t worry about the fat because most of the oil is soaked up into the paper bag during the cooking process.

3. Mix with a tiny tiny bit of sea salt and pour it all into a brown paper bag. Fold the bag over and staple it shut.

4. Place the bag into the microwave and set the timer for 3 minutes. It may need more time or less, just listen to the pops and when they begin to slow to one to two seconds between them, the popcorn is ready.

I’m thinking 150cals tops?