This post is seemingly directed at those living with some kind of mental illness, however can be used to maintain good mental health no matter who you are and what your circumstances. Tackling complex thoughts and emotions is difficult and often takes lots of different methods of support or self-help to actually make a difference. Think of it as a tool box, and at different times of your life you will take out different tools to find a ‘fix’. Not one person’s brain is wired the same way, not one person has had the same experiences and not one person can ever truly understand the way someone else feels- despite how much we might want to. I can’t talk on behalf of everyone, but here is my personal mental health toolbox.

If you’d like to read more about ‘self-care’, take a look at my new blog series here

What is in your mental health toolbox?

Until next time,

Kayleigh Rose x


  1. I like the idea of a ‘mental health’ toolbox and there have been points where I have had all of the items in your ‘toolbox’ from pills to affirmations, In my toolkit at the moment I have cute pugs and cats, food and music 🙂

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    1. That sounds like the most adorable toolbox ever! 🙈 I like to think of it as a toolbox because you don’t use everything all of the time. For example, I’m no longer on medication, but that doesn’t mean that tool won’t come out again in the future if I need it. 😊😊 Thanks for being open about what helps you! Xxx

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      1. That is actually a good point to make and you are right in saying that we will not always use everything in our toolbox at one given point in time but it is handy to know that it is there in case we need it.

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  2. Love the idea of a “mental health toolbox” – things you can pull out and different techniques you can call on sounds like something worth sharing! Will have to check in on the series!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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  3. ooh I love this idea! I have a few.. most and foremost my blog – its a distraction from everything else and I get to focus on something that I truly enjoy. I’m also partial to a chocolate bar or two..

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  4. What an innovative idea to have a mental health box that you can put your hand in and choose a remedy. I think relaxing exercising , meditation and family time would be what I would put in my box.

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  5. loved the idea of a mental toolbox! When I am under mental stress, i start meditating as per my guru’s doesnt take me long to soothe my frayed nerves

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  6. I love this so much – and your hedgehogs are absolutely adorable!! ❤ My cats are a huge part of my mental health toolbox, along with meditation, crystals and running (I love to blow off the cobwebs whenever I'm feeling down). xx

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  7. Thinking of everything as tools and having a toolbox is a brilliant idea. I especially love your hedgehog, so cute!
    I have just this last week come off my medication (the GP knows and approves) so working hard on all my tools at the moment. I find my daughter and friends, writing lists to get things out of my head, keeping a diary and blogging so helpful. So random but I love unicorns and if I’m having a bad day I ring my friend and we just talk about them lol.

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    1. That is brilliant! I have been off my medication for several months now and things are going well. I’m glad to hear everything is going well for you too! Let’s be serious, who doesn’t love unicorns?! 😉😉 xxx


  8. What a great post, a toolbox fixes everyday items so why not a mental health toolbox sort fix and repair our internal aspects. I hope the positive steps that seem to be made in society regarding mental illnesses continue and we are not branded with stigmas

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  9. I think keeping a mood journal helps to keep track and identify triggers. Self care is so important not just for those who have MH but for everyone and we need to make more time to look after ourselves.

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  10. You have a really nice mental health toolbox, especially that you are surrounded by a loving family whom you can include in it. 🙂 My blog is in my toolbox as well 🙂

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  11. I have suffered with mental health issues for dozens of years and can honestly say that I never thought about looking at things as my tool box!
    I am off to start looking more into it and working out what I need to get my mental health is tip top shape.
    Thank you so much for sharing this idea, I think it is fabulous! xx

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  12. i like what your doing and seems like we are taking similar steps. Feel free to look at what i’m doing and if it helps great
    Hi., My name is Barry.
    I’m a big reader of self help and personal development books. I’ve read and listened to loads now with out putting action in to the words I read/listen too
    I decided in January 2017 to start recording my journey and see what I could learn from setting my own goals targets and really pushing myself. I decided it was important to wait a year before publishing any post and my dairies. Well this is where I am now!
    It’s been a rocky trip and I talk about my battles with alcohol, drugs, anxiety, depression, work and feeling alone! Its not all bad and I have many highs too but ultimately I’m sticking to a commitment I made myself a year ago. A project for change to help me and others.
    A Year Ago Today

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