1. Know your supports – (list names and phone numbers)
These people are going to be individuals you can call during times of stress or crisis. They may be family members – friends – roommates or professional supports such as a therapist.
2. What are indicators that your may be too stressed out or in distress?
These indications tell you “hey now – it’s time for me to plug in my heathy tools”. Indicators will be different for everyone but could include: increased anxiety, excess sleep or not enough sleep, unwanted behaviors etc.
3. What are some things you enjoy that you can do during stressful times to help you calm down?
=These are things you enjoy, that you can easily do and add to your day to provide relief and comfort to help manage stress and other uncomfortable emotions. Some of mine include: writing, drawing, taking a walk and talking to friends.=
4. What’s important to your daily functioning? (i.e how many hours of sleep do you need, exercise, medications, balanced meals)
These are your basics for what you need to do everyday to be at the top of your game. For me they include proper sleep, three meals a day, a 30 minutes of quiet time, doing one thing I enjoy, taking my daily medication and not participating in behaviors that contribute to my eating disorder.
5. If you are in a mental health crisis where will you turn?
This is having emergency numbers for your supports, local hospitals, and crisis numbers written down and accessible to you so that when/if you or someone you know is in distress you can easily access that information.