Today I’m working through my Break Glass list, a tool that has helped me deal with some almost-overwhelming anxiety the past few weeks. I learned about this mental health tool a few months ago from my BFF Jonobie who in turn learned it from her therapist.
A Break Glass list is simply a list of things that help ground you physically or mentally. Things that, were we not overwhelmed and just a bit down, we might do anyway. But when our systems are overloaded it’s hard for us to think of those simple things which is why we have this list made in advance. Then when we’re feeling overwhelmed we only need to remember one thing:
In case of emergency, break glass.
I keep my list in a Google Keep document that I can readily access from my phone or computer whenever I need it. Here’s my list, which is very me and likely not useful to you as-is but might give you some ideas:
- Listen to Working Girl soundtrack
- Close your eyes and take deep breaths
- Text Jonobie or Jeena
- Drink water
- Eat something
- Step away from the computer / phone
- Go get a Sonic cherry coke
The trick is making this list in advance so you have it when you need it.