How to Create a Self-Care Toolbox to Keep You Calm During the Pandemic
During times of high stress, practicing self-care has long been touted as a technique for decreasing anxiety and boosting mood. But when you’re caught up in a stressful moment, it can be difficult to decide what soothing activity will work for you. That’s why psychiatrist Vanessa Patel encourages people to create a self-care “toolbox” so that you’re always prepared. Patel suggests things that stimulate your senses—like warm, fuzzy blankets, foods with particular textures, or colorful crafts—work best for alleviating stress. Get other ideas to create your own sensory toolbox in this helpful video.