Last weekend after a particularly bad dip in my mood I decided that I would make myself a distraction box. ‘What is a distraction box?‘ I hear you ask. Well, keep reading and you’ll find out! Who knows, maybe it will even inspire you to create one for yourself.
What is it & why do I need one?
There’s kind of a clue in the title: it’s a box that you fill with things designed to distract you when you’re feeling mentally overwhelmed. Anything from anxiety and panic to feeling low, it’s designed to give you something to focus on other than your negative thoughts and feelings.
The best thing is that you can make it anything you want it to be and can include within it anything that you think is going to help you. You have free reign over what goes in your box and if you enjoy crafting you can decorate it, too!
You don’t need anything fancy or expensive to make it, I just randomly gathered a few bits and bobs from around the house and got to work.
How do I do it?
I started with a shoe box which I wrapped up in parcel paper to decorate. I then proceeded to decorate my box with whatever took my fancy. Don’t be afraid to embrace your creativity and really get stuck in. There’s something liberating about feeling like a child again by covering an old shoe box with stickers!
What should I put in it?
Once you’ve made your box look a bit more interesting, you can pick whatever you’d like to go into it. What’s inside your box is the most important part because that’s what’s going to help you when you are in desperate need of a distraction!
In mine, I included photos of my pets, family and friends and photos of good memories that I like to look back on. I also added in some postcards I’d collected from places I’ve visited, and some with positive quotes on.
Then I added little activities for me to do. Puzzle books, stress balls, a slinky (don’t ask me why I just thought it may help!) and patterns to colour in. Some may say that it’s childish but honestly I couldn’t care less as long as it helps me when my mind is all over the place!
|(I love the photo of the monkey sitting on the emergency escape route, taken in Gibraltar on a family holiday)|
Hopefully my distraction box is going to come in handy and even just the process of making it and deciding what to go in it was a distraction in itself. It was fun to do something a little different for once and create something that I could put my own stamp on. I would encourage you to try making one for yourself if you ever find yourself overwhelmed with negative emotions.
Let me know if you already have your own distraction box and what you’ve included in yours, or if this post has inspired you to make one.
– Lisa x