I was describing my experience of making a sensory kit with @DruidChild and @Bee, and I thought I'd love to hear about what other people have done with theirs, or maybe if people hadn't made one before, they would like this idea. So, if you have made one, what did you put in it? Did you find that the process of making a sensory kit was helpful to you? Would you recommend this to others? Maybe we could share photos as well!
If you haven't made one before and you would like to hear more about it, then please keep reading.
In dialectical behavioural therapy, people are encouraged to make a 'sensory box/kit.' The idea is that when we feel bad or even when we're bored, we can stimulate our senses to 'self soothe' (kind of similar to mindfulness). So you make a box with things (or ideas of things) to stimulate your senses in ways that you like. Keep in mind, you may be more of a visual person, and so your box might have mainly visual things in it, and that's perfectly fine! It's YOUR kit.
This is what I had in mine:
These are cards with options of activities I could do. When I was bored, or was just ruminating, I would pick one and I'd have to do it. These included:
- Have a bubble bath or a shower (touch)
- Light a scented candle or incense (smell)
- Go for a walk (visual)
- Listen to music (auditory) - include personalised suggestions
- Meditate (auditory and/or visual)
- Call a friend
- Watch a funny movie (visual) - include personalised suggestions
These are objects that you find pleasing in some way. For me, it included:
- Marbles of my favourite colour - visual
- Stress balls
Personally, I found that the process of making the box, thinking hard about it, and writing suggestions on the activity cards was enough. I didn't really go back to the box more than a few times. That being said, I didn't have many objects in mine, and maybe you guys will find that you have quite a few and so you enjoy going back to it.
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@JanaG I really really love this idea! I just realised I made something kinda similar a while back and I use it a lot! Doesn't have activity cards though so maybe I'll add some today
Basically I have two ziplock bags, and one's my green-and-blue bag and one's my orange-and-purple bag and I keep them in my backpack for using when I'm out.
In one I've got my headphones (for silence or music); peppermint and chamomile teabags; sanitary pads; tissues; and a cool lime green headspace bracelet that's really nice to fiddle with.
In the other one I have more tissues (I cry way too much!); a lil weighted lavender sachet thing; ginger and lemon teabags; a pretty Amethyst stone; a card with 24 hour helpline numbers; and hand sanitizer which is SENSORY HEAVEN.
Off to make some activity cards now
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@JanaG I've never heard of sensory kits before, but it sounds really intersting and a really great idea - thanks for sharing! I can definitely also think of ways this could be used with kids to help them learn to self-soothe or relax
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