A Self-Care Toolkit to Help You Get Through Lockdown

Lucy has created a downloadable self-care toolkit for anyone to access when they are struggling with mental health issues.

During this unprecedented time, I’ve seen my mental health waver several times. Speaking amongst friends and family I quickly realised that I am not alone in this experience. With that in mind I wanted to create a self-care toolkit anyone can utilise anytime they feel their mental health suffering.

All images are downloadable for your use, I suggest printing them out as it’s always nice to have something physical.

Affirmation Cards

Affirmation cards are short encouraging cards designed to practice positive thinking and self-empowerment.

Repeat the message on the affirmation cards to yourself three times. This can be out loud or in your head or even write the message down yourself.

Useful Numbers Poster

If you feel you need to talk to someone about a mental health problem, I’ve created this printable poster with some helpful resources. Remember there is absolutely no shame in asking for help.

Self-Care Bingo

Looking after yourself at this time or anytime is vital but can be easy to forget. This self-care bingo card can be printed off as many times as you need to use it. Try setting yourself a time frame in which you must cross all the squares off. This could be daily, weekly or monthly.

  1. 1. Put on your favourite songs and dance around.
  2. 2. Keeping your body hydrated is always important.
  3. 3. Trying something new can be a great way to occupy the mind and you never know what you’ll discover.
  4. 4. Taking even a short walk and getting some fresh air can change your perspective.
  5. 5. Make yourself your favourite meal or treat yourself to a takeaway.
  6. 6. Try calling or texting a friend for a chat.
  7. 7. The news and social media can be overwhelming, try taking a break from your phone.
  8. 8. A simple act yet soothing act.
  9. 9. Try taking a deep breath or three, in through the nose and out through the mouth.
  10. 10. This can be the hardest thing of all to do so be proud of yourself that you’re managing to do so.
  11. 11. Do something you love to take your mind off negative thoughts.
  12. 12. This can often be the toughest challenge.

What are some of your coping mechanisms? Share your thoughts with us on our social media.

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