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Wellness Toolbox


  Wellness Toolbox
  Stephanie A. Calmes, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
  Clinical Program Manager, AOD


What’s in your Wellness Toolbox?  Every person needs a toolbox, whether you are in recovery from mental health or substance use disorders, or are just a supportive family member or friend.  A Wellness Toolbox includes things that you have done in the past or could do to keep yourself well and on a path to continued recovery. Some ideas for your Wellness Toolbox include:

  • Talk to a friend or supportive loved one
  • Talk to a health care professional or counselor
  • Relaxation and stress reduction exercises
  • Guided imagery or meditation
  • Journaling – writing in a notebook
  • Creative affirming activities like painting, singing, dancing, cooking
  • Exercise
  • Attend a support group
  • Surround yourself with people who are positive, affirming, and loving
  • Make a list of your accomplishments
  • Spend ten minutes writing down everything good you can think of about yourself
  • Do something that makes you laugh
  • Do something special for someone else
  • Repeat positive affirmations
  • Rest – healthy sleep is so important

The key is to find things that work for you and help you to feel healthy.  Consider trying out new wellness activities that may be useful and provide added benefits beyond what you are already doing.  You may even want to ask friends or loved ones what they do for wellness to give you additional ideas. 

Just like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist or getting an oil change on your car, doing the preventative work to maintain your mental and emotional health will benefit all aspects of your life and relationships.  Remember:  Keeping yourself healthy and feeling good takes work, but is less effort than constantly playing “catch up” with your well-being.  So, what’s in your toolbox?



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