It’s been a particularly depressing morning. Mornings seem to be the most difficult time of day for me. Yesterday I had group therapy, dealt with a poor sick Shih Tzu who got into the raspberry pie and helped a relative dealing with her own depression. I don’t know what triggered my depression this morning, maybe it’s a carry over from the events of yesterday. Anyway, I think it’s time to get out my wellness toolbox. A wellness toolbox is a plan of action designed by the creator of the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD. It is made up on things you can use to help you get over your symptoms; things that you love and make you feel better. They can include things that give you a lift like chatting with a friend or listening to some good music. Here’s some things I have in my toolbox:
- reading a good book
- I keep a list of friends I can call
- listening to favorite music
- I have a bottle of bubbles to blow
- a favorite crossword puzzle book
- mindful meditation
- grooming my Shih Tzu
- go for a walk
- color (it’s not just for kids)
- exercise to some fun music
- make lists
- I invested in a Nintendo DS and play games
- I also invested in the Sims3 games
- watch a funny movie
- cook a new recipe
- make Iced Peach tea, here’s my recipe:
2 black tea bags
2 peach tea bags
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 Tbsp peach syrup
3/4 c. stevia sweetener
2 qts. water
Do you have a mental health toolbox? What are some of the things you have in it?
Books by Mary Ellen Copeland:
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan, 5th edition, paperback, 2011, 102 pages.
- The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression, 2nd edition, paperback 2002,, 334 pages.
- Living Without Depression and Manic-Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability,1st edition, paperback, 1994, 288 pages.
- WRAP Plus (WRAP®), paperback. 2010, 292 pages.
- Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women’s Workbook, paperbook, 2000, 408 pages.
- The Worry Control Workbook, hardcover and paperback, 2000, 266 pages.
- Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens, Revised Edition, paperback, 2002, 2008 pages.
- The Loneliness Workbook: A Guide to Developing and Maintaining Lasting Connections, paperback, 2000, 195 pages.