You may have seen my previous comfort box, I loved it! However I wanted to make a new one this year, mainly because I’d ran out of chocolate in the box and used up all the air freshener. If I’m honest I’m going to start making a new box every year, I think it’s a great thing to do. When I use it I’m grounded and can calm down and when I’m making the box I’m in the zone and not thinking about all the problems I have going on if you’re not sure how to help anxiety and stress then this is one sure way to do so! The box is also great when you’re feeling anxious for no reason which is something I get a lot. My hearts starts beating really fast, I get worried and sometimes I even start to shake. The best thing is to try and take your mind off it which this comfort box does really well!

What is a Anxiety Comfort Box?

If you have no idea what a comfort box is then you should carry on reading! A comfort box is something made up of everything you love, this can be to use when you’re feeling anxious or need a break! The idea of the box is to hold everything that you hold dear, stuff that makes you smile and laugh and brings back the memories of the good times. Before I’ve added bubble wrap because it calms me down, a stress ball as well. With the box though you soon forget you worries, it’s also a great way in how to calm your mind from anxiety at night and in the day.

It’s a box that you break out in emergencies. That’s why I had chocolate and DVD’s in my previous one. I was able to sit down, have a laugh at social climber (A great film if you’ve not seen it before!) and not worry about anything while munching on chocolate. It all depends on the person you are as to what you stick into your box. However it’s not just to help adults. You can also have an anxiety comfort box to help with anxiety in kids and anxiety in children of all ages because it’s so versatile.

Last year I went with practical, I could find everything that I put in there laying around the house and I didn’t have to break the bank. This year I’ve gone with a touch of luxury. Again it depends on the type of person you are as to what you might like in your box, I just thought that this year if I’m going to be having a hard time, flooded with anxiety attacks and panicking then I could treat myself! The items might seem a little expensive at times but take a look at them yourself and don’t put a price on relaxation. It’s a one time purchase unless you really love them and want to buy more. The main thing is you have them or whatever you want for your box and can use them to relax!

What to put in an anxiety comfort box?

There’s so much you can chuck into a comfort box and so many comfort box items that would be amazing, however it’s bettery to keep it smaller and packed with the things you love. You don’t want to feel panicked and stressed with your box so keep it simple but make sure it makes you happy and calms anxiety right down! You want to make sure it really is comfort in a box and not just a jumble to sort through when you’re feeling anxious! Although I talk about it being a great anxiety comfort box, remember you can add all sorts of items that make you happy and even use the box as a comfort box for depression if you wanted to.

Chocolate!

So everyone needs a bit of chocolate when they’re feeling down right? Or at least some sort of comfort food. I’m not talking low calories  or fat free either! I’m talking about something that’s different, super yummy and quirky! I bring to you, Eat Your Hat! A luxury and affordable chocolate collection that will have you craving more! Not to mention the fact that it still has health benefits, all their dark chocolate bars are totally vegan! They use totally ethical ingredients and if you have any questions Colin answers them all in the FAQS!

This chocolate is the perfect treat, as you can see in the video there are various flavours so it doesn’t matter how you’re feeling there will be something to pick you up that you can indulge yourself with. I also find that using chocolate is a great way in how to calm down anxiety because you’re taking your focus off your worries and possibly breaking up the chcolate, or in this case taking in all the new flavours.

Coping strategies for anxiety chocolate

Candles and creams!

If I’m feeling crappy I’ll want the place to smell nice. I’m not going to want to sit in a room with totally no atmosphere at all. I want to smell something that’s going to pick me up, I’m not talking about no pound shop candle either! I’ve found these perfect candles and I stick them straight into my Anxiety comfort box! Yes they’re luxury and not something you spend money on whenever you feel like it. However they’re the perfect treat needed to pick you up when you’re feeling down! I’m obviously talking about Chapel Candles!

Personally I love the Mellifera collection! Not only is the candle amazing but I also love the hand cream that comes with it! The hand cream also goes in the box so that my hands can smell amazing at the same time. That means my whole atmosphere and environment is filled with amazing and relaxing smells to calm me down!

Coping strategies for anxiety candle and creams

DVD’s Galore!

Whenever I’m stressed, anxious or down I’ll watch a film. Sometimes though I have no idea what to watch and it really frustrates me and can actually make me feel worse! That’s why I’ve put a select few into my box, it means I have less choice and they’re all my favourite films. It means it’s easier for me to pick a film and the whole process will be stress free. I can then enjoy the film with my candle burning and chocolate at hand! I’ve got the same DVD’s in my box as last year because they really are my favourites! If you’ve not checked them out I would encourage you to right away, they are of course Social Climber, First Knight and Assault on Prescient 13.

BUBBLE WRAP!

This one really only works when I’m angry along with stressed and anxious. I’ll pop the hell out of a sheet of bubble wrap and take my anger or frustration out on it. I don’t mean to hurt any bubble wrap but it’s the best way to get it out my system, or just shout really loud although the neighbours might not be impressed with that one?

Bath time

You may have seen the amazing bath oils from the video below. They are amazing, soothing and just what you need to unwind and let the stress go! You hardly have to use any of it to get the full effect as well so they last so long! I’m in love with them and would easily buy more when I’ve used up the ones that I’ve got! You can pick up your own Olverum of course and enjoy a nice, relaxing soak in the bath! I would recommend the travel set even more! Who doesn’t love relaxing when on holiday?!

It is important that although you’re using your anxiety comfort box, you’ll also need a comfort room which can be anywhere. For me it would be the bedroom mostly because that’s where I relax and read a book now and again to get me using my anxiety breathing which is slow and steady calm breathing. I also love wrapping myself up in my snuggle bed while the candle is making the room smell really nice, or in the bath with some lovely bath oils.

Coping strategies for anxiety bath oils

When should you use your anxiety comfort box?

That’s my box. Nice and packed.  I first noticed that I needed a new box when I had an accident in February. I opened my old one and was a little bored with it, don’t get me wrong the DVD’s and photos still made me laugh and smile but I needed more! Which is why I’m going to start doing them every year, I’m sure that if I had more room in the flat I’d have a couple of them; although then I’d have the trouble and stress of picking which one I wanted to go for one the day so maybe just a new one every year or until it’s emptied?! There are a few items I didn’t talk about in the post although if you check out the video at the bottom you can see everything that I have in my box! Remember this might not work for everyone but when i feel anxious this is what I go to first, so give it a try. There are comfort box subscription services out there like the buddy box and hug box but I much prefer to make my own as it’s cheaper and more personal.

I’m a firm believer in taking some time for yourself and making sure that you’re okay. I hope that this helps someone else, if I can help one person to make their very own anxiety comfort box which then goes on and helps them one day I’ll be over the moon! If it’s a concept that you’ve never heard about before and you love the idea I’m glad. After surrfering with anxiety for so long you could say I’m now anti anxiety and try and deal with it whenever I can. If you need anxiety help in other areas please check out my other mental health blog posts as there’s so much to learn! I’ve never been good at putting together shelves but I love my diy comfort box and anyone can make their own it’s that great!

I’ve done a little video on the comfort box for anxiety below and it would be great if you could check it out. Check out my other mental health YouTube videos while you’re there and don’t forget to hit that all important like button! Also I hope these comfort box ideas help and if you make your own comfort box let me know what you added! I’d recommend something smelly everytime as well, when I light my candle I just get that instant comfort feel, but I won’t call it an instant comfort box as it takes a while to get through my DVD’s although not so much the chocolate!

 

 

 

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