What would you fill a pamper box with?

A couple of years ago for world mental health day I gave clients where I work (mental health daycentre) the same task. We were bringing the gift bags of goodies into the psychiatric ward on World Mental Health day and we did enough for everyone who was an in patient.

The kind of thing clients included were drink sachets (like hot chocolate/herbal tea), puzzle books, toiletries, sweets/chocolate, note pads, and that kind of thing. I also suffer with mental health issues and have a box by my bed which I call my depression box and I keep a few little books (including a few with cute pics of cats), a puzzle book, note pad, herbal tea, my DS, lip balm, tissues, hand cream and some cotton gloves for when I get agitated as it stops me picking my fingers to bits. I also have a strange puzzle thing that you can twist and manipulate in your hands to keep them busy. They were being given out by the NHS to help people quit smoking.

I also use several aps on my ipod - the ones I use are one called 'Calm Down', 'Mood-Anxiety, P Tracker (which helps you track your symptoms and periods). I also have a board on pinterest dedicated to things that make me feel better when I'm unwell http://www.pinterest.com/woodleydo/things-that-help-me-to-have-better-mental-health/
Sorry, I wrote way more than I meant to but its' something that I find really helpful so I was on a bit of a roll. I hope there is something in amongst there that helps and good luck. I know it's really tough trying to learn healthy ways of coping with stress but it's worth it.

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3 replies since 14th January 2014 • Last reply 14th January 2014

I might get a few small 'presents', for example, I love nail art, so maybe some nail decals or mini polishes. Nice things like bath oil/bombs, etc, a new lipstick, or saving a gift card to do some online shopping on a bad day might also be fun. I find that there are sometimes small crafts that look easy+fun, so it may be worth getting supplies for one of them set up in a box so you have everything on a bad day when you don't want to hunt things down.

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Candies and feel-good snacks to fuel some crafting or just relaxing. Maybe a book you want to read/reread?

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I love coloring in coloring books. When I'm sick, I love just sitting on the couch with a box of 64 crayons and coloring Disney Princesses with different colored hair and clothes then what they had in their movies.

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