How to create an anti-depression kit.

*Not a replacement for medical advice from a physician.

Here is a guide to creating an anti-depression kit.  I’ve referred to mine in the past as my Depression Box.  What you choose to call yours is your choice.  As this is a guide, your own creativity is encouraged.  I began with a cardboard box and decorated it with stickers.  I added some favorite movies and a Wanda Sykes video.  Her comedy is like a digital Prozac infusion.  I watch it sparingly, so it doesn’t lose its power.  I acquired the stickers from and various geek subscription boxes.  I’ll add more over time.  I deliberately left the decoration minimal to allow for future activity.

Amazon has an extensive collection of adult coloring books.  I purchased a version with black backgrounds that make the colors pop.  Another is stylized cuss words and candy.  The Balance book has intricate patterns.  My favorite so far was anthropomorphized unicorns being assholes.  I choose things that amuse me because laughing is my favorite weapon against The Depression Monster.

I invite all to create their own Anti-Depression kit using the things you enjoy.  It’s important to remember coping skills are for coping.  They aren’t a cure.  They’re a distraction.  Activities you enjoy are far more tempting when you’re depressed.  I save a few things I love doing just for when I’m depressed.  I know it’s not easy to do anything when you’re suffering an episode of depression.  It took time for me to consistently follow through with my coping skills, and trust that they would get me through a rough patch.  It takes practice and effort, just like so many things in life.

*Note again this is not a substitute for medical advice from a physician.  This is a coping skill that works for me.  In adapting it to your own arsenal against The Depression Monster, be creative.  If you’re unsure what types of activities you like, experiment and see what works for you.  I’ve recently added a few paint-by-number sets, and I only eat chocolate when I’m depressed.  In doing so, I created a depression-proof enticement.  It certainly doesn’t make me look forward to an episode, but it takes a bit of power away from The Depression Monster.

I invite you to share your own Anti-Depression kits and will add your link to a list so we can all see what others have done, and get new ideas.  Respond to this post with a link to photos or a blog post of your kit to be included.  Here is a link to my little sister’s kit.  She’s so creative!  You should follow her blog, she’s brilliant.  Now go make your own.

11 thoughts on “How to create an anti-depression kit.

  • I absolutely love this!! Everything about it–the choices you made, the way you presented it, the way you described it, the whole nine yards. Awesomest box ever!! I just hope you never have to use it 😘 Because I wish the best of happiness for you – you deserve that 💞🌟💞

  • mine consists of the internet, a blanket, and preferably a friend that “gets” me (not included.)

    a few icons from “this field” (along with the lovely things she calls me) do very well in a pinch, though perhaps one fine day i will meet ms.-neurodiverse-right (and not already married) and then we are going to need a bigger blanket. im hardly quite as depressed when i have someone to talk to and cuddle.

    not that she has to be neurodiverse, just that most of the coolest people i know these days are. well, i should qualify that– about half the coolest people i know are neurodiverse, and the others are in another interesting category i wont talk about here. (as for “being alone and working on me” heck, thats every damn day!)

    you do have fine taste in little sisters, though. she is one of the most delightful (and intelligent) people ive ever had the pleasure of speaking with.

    i wish you both happiness– thanks for being you.

  • Im sorry to hear that you are feeling loooow right now, but I’m so happy and proud of you for doing this, it’s a brilliant plan with merit 🙂 I’m wondering if it would be a good “overwhelm” box too, to help M when she needs to take down time and just drift?

    • A single activity she loves in a quiet place without interruptions helps when overwhelmed. A weighted blanket helps me a lot. Laying beneath it, or even folding it over my lap while I do an activity can make a surprising difference in helping me stave off a pending meltdown. She might do best with a book and a weighted blanket, a quiet space, and no interruptions. (I can’t stress the no interruptions part enough.) ❤️

      • 🙂 that’s ok I totally get the no interruptions bit. It’s easier as she gets older to give her that, although admittedly sometimes life gets in the way and interrupts us all anyway. Still, mostly, it’s totally possible and with time to drift she wanders out eventually 🙂 Thanks, the weighted blanket may be a good idea X

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