I was in a coping skills group and one week we talked about creating a soothing first aid kit. You take a basket or box or someother container, and fill it with things that calm you. I read on a website recently, that finding things to cover all your senses is a good idea. Here are somethings that you can put in your self-soothing first aid kit:
1. Smell: a scented candle, incense, body lotion, etc.
2. Hearing: A relaxation CD or mellow soothing music (be careful of sad or angry lyrics or blue intrumentals. Find something that is positive and soothing. I like to use an intrumental hymns CD, progressive relaxation exercise CD, or nature sounds CD.
3. Touch: Bath salts for a bubble bath, a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, your dog or cat to pet.
4. Taste: a favorite snack. Fruit, a few candies (this is not about stuffing ourselves, which is counterproductive), a flavored herbal tea.
5.Sight: Special pictures that bring you joy. A DVD that has soothing music and nature scenery. A favorite book, devotional/reflections book, a Bible or book of poetry. Avoid the TV or movies, They are overstimulating.
These are just a few ideas. Be creative and have fun. I have found much relief from this. However, you must be able to recognize the early symptoms of your anxiety or negative mood and use your kit in the earlier stages. Otherwise, if you are in crisis mode, this will not be helpful at all. Have fun.