This is going to be different than a usual personal post. I don’t quite feel like writing about what’s going on with school, so I want to talk about something my program brought in as something important for us.
That is, a safety plan.
What is a safety plan? It’s something that you create to help yourself in the face of triggers that can threaten your mental health. Basically, these are things you can fall back on to help yourself out when you’re stressed or triggered.
There are usually five of them. Or more if you have more things.
For example, mine are:
1. Read a book of my choice for an hour.
Funny enough, I have to read books for my mental health. If I don’t read books, my mental health deteriorates. I can’t not read, basically. I have to read or I literally fall apart. Believe me, I tried it.
2. Pet my dogs.
My dogs are adorable and so sweet. They love being petted and held. No matter how bad of a day I’m having, they can cheer me up.
3. Talk to my mom or Chantel.
While I’m not the most extroverted person, I love talking to people I trust. On my first day of classes, Chantel and I talked on the phone for nearly three hours until she went outside and I couldn’t hear her talk anymore. My mom and I also have a close relationship, although she doesn’t listen quite as well as Chantel does.
4. Watch a show that I love.
Basically, just watch TV. Doctor Who, Supernatural, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Ghost Adventures, Expedition Unknown, Destination Truth. Literally, the list could go on and on.
5. Call a crisis number.
This is something that’s supposed to be your last ditch effort if nothing else on your safety plan works. The plan is to keep you safe. And, calling a number like that, can help keep you safe.
So, that’s my safety plan. If you want the document my professor provided, let me know and I’ll find a way to make it available!
Do you have a safety plan?
Are you thinking about making one for yourself?