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An Everyday Emotional First Aid and Toolbox

In everyday situations, if you find yourself struggling with negative thoughts or behaviors, you should open up your emotional toolbox. These activities below can provide an escape and a refreshing viewpoint on a suffocating situation. Next time, rather than dwelling on something negative, relocate that energy into something that can occupy your time in a fulfilling way.

  • Read
  • Make collage using words from a magazine– who do I want to be?
  • Coloring
  • Exercising- Running
  • Make a list of things you want to do in life– “a bucket list”
  • Cook something yummy to eat
  • Take a nature walk
  • Make a list of favorite things (books, movies, sports, TV, music)
  • Swim
  • Sculpting
  • Stretching
  • Painting
  • Watch funny TV shows
  • Listen to music
  • Cooking
  • Journaling
  • Make a book about yourself
  • Talking
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Gardening
  • Plant flowers
  • Take a hot bath
  • Read a book of inspirational quotes
  • Yoga
  • Kayak
  • Meditation
  • Take a walk on the beach
  • Pray or meditate
  • Singing
  • Creative things– arts and crafts, building things
  • Work with clay
  • Get a pedicure
  • Grab a camera and take some pictures
  • Surf the net
  • Pick a topic and research it
  • Call an old friend and reconnect
  • Use a stress ball and squeeze
  • Play X-box, Wii, Nintendo, computer games