Self-Care Kit

Self-Care Kit, sometimes referred to as mental health kit, crisis kit, and hope box. These kits contain things that comfort you when you are having a hard time or just as a go to for self-care when your needs have been neglected. Your kit can be simple with just a few items you throw into your bag or a shoe box under your bed with something to stimulate every sense.


While smells on their own can be pleasant and uplifting, smell is also linked closely with memory.  Think back to some of your best memories. What do you remember smelling in the brightest parts of your life? Maybe it’s a new package of crayons in kindergarten, the smell of campfire or your grandmothers perfume. Look for a smell that will take you away in your mind and bring you peace.

  • Candle or wax warmer
  • Oil diffuser
  • Potpourri
  • Lavender sachet
  • Perfume or cologne
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sage
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cedar chips
  • Room spray
  • Scented playdoh
  • Coffee beans or grounds
  • Patchouli
  • Carving wax or soap bar



Whether the warmth of a hug or the sting of a bee, touch is the biggest way we interact with the world. Add an item(s) to your self-care kit that stimulate your sense of touch. Something that brings you into the present and provides comfort. If you feel the urge to self harm, you can keep your hands and your mind occupied until the urge has passed. Whatever you choose should be interactive and bring you peace of mind.

  • Stuffed animal
  •  Fidget toy
  • Dammit doll
  • Clay
  • Kinetic sand
  • Slime
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Marbles
  • Worry stone
  • Lotion
  • Soft cozy socks
  • Baoding balls
  • Origami paper
  • slow rising squishy



Soothe yourself with music or call up a friend. Sound can be a wonderful distraction to whatever problems your having. My favorite out of these is a seashell to hear the ocean. Its so simple yet so soothing.

  • Music
  • Seashell to hear the ocean
  • Sound machine
  • Meditation cd
  • Rain stick
  • Singing bowl
  • Gong
  • Bells
  • Harmonica
  • Music box



Art is a wonderful way to express your feelings. Get your feelings out on paper or look at photos of family. Soothe your soul and remind yourself of the good in the world.

  • Photos
  • Journal
  • Coloring book
  • Sketchbook
  • Nostalgic items
  • Keepsake
  • Nail polish
  • Comforting movie
  • Makeup
  • Significant greeting card



Obviously you aren’t going to shove a turkey dinner into your self-care kit. A hard candy or a stick of gum can bring you comfort in moderation. Just remember not to put anything in there that may expire before you go to use it.

  • Hard candy
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Nuts
  • Gummy bears
  • Jawbreakers
  • Snack packs
  • Powdered drink mix
  • Flavored toothpicks
  • Chocolate bar


When you have developed your personalized self-care kit you have taken a step towards better mental health and gained a coping skill. I hope your kit brings you much comfort and security.

Do you have something in your kit that I didn’t list? Comment down below and let me know!