Posted on 17 March 2016 by Michael Dahl

A little thing that could make my life a whole lot easier.

My therapist has given me lots of great advice. And I own around a dozen books devoted to mental health that do the same.

Good information. Lots of information. Sometimes hard to remember information. So, I sometimes wish I could lug my mental health bookshelf and session notes around with me.

But since I can’t do that, right now I wear for a bracelet to simply remind me when I’m in the throes of Anxiety to come back to the real present time rather than get stuck in a disastrous future I sometimes dream up.

Now, I want(ed) the bracelet to remind me of all the things I’ve learned from my therapy visits and books. But accessing my memory is hard when I’m falling into a panic attack.

So while I’ll keep my bracelet to help me remember the easy stuff, what I really want is a series of laminated cards, a durable bundle of small cheat sheets developed by a mental health professional that would succinctly walk me through successful life strategies and in-the-moment tactics to jar my brain into a better place.

Here’s a list of topics for cheat sheets I’d happily keep in my bag:

  • healthy ways start your day off right
  • proven relaxation techniques
  • what you should do if you feel Anxiety approaching
  • identifying your triggers
  • how to survive a panic attack
  • how to take care of yourself when you are depressed
  • questions to ask yourself when you are anxious / depressed
  • how to exit a public conversation when you feel yourself spiraling downward

Readers, feel free to suggest other cheat sheets you’d like.

And if anyone knows where I can actually find cheat sheets like this, let me (all of us) know. I’d gladly part with some cash to add this tool to my mental health toolbox.