yesterday, i felt a shaking and a quaking while i was sitting on the couch. i looked around, confused. "what on earth?" was tim somehow shaking the house? no, i heard the water running and he was in the shower. strange. 15 minutes later, i told tim about the weird shaking and just for kicks googled "utah earthquake." sure enough, a 3.3 earthquake had happened 15 minutes before.
i asked tim to get down our 72-hour kits, as i imagined the kids attempting to fit in their matching fleece sets from the children's place that would now be about 5 sizes to small, so i could update them. i went through a "preparedness phase" mostly after reading a lot of post-apocalyptic books;). one prepper outlined what you would want in your "bug-out bag"--a bag you could grab quickly in an emergency so you could "bug out."
it also seemed the right time to write about another kind of "bug-out bag." one that may be used even more than our 72-hour kits. i'm hoping to make one tailored for each of my kids for christmas. i might include a few favorite toys, small stuffed animals, meditative coloring book, etc.
this summer, inspired by an online class, i made my own "emotional bug-out bag." i bought a new faux-leather small backpack to store a list of personal comfort items, as well as items suggested in the class. when an emotional crisis comes and you want to curl up in the fetal position in your bed--this is a perfect bag to grab. think of making one for yourself and including:
something to smell:
something to taste:
something to listen to:
something to eat:
something to feel:
something to write in:
something to control breath:
some things i included in mine:
Squeezy fruit packets
Ostrich Jerky (there are only a few things that sound edible to me when i am really stressed, strangely it included this).
Deep Blue essential oil lotion(great for muscle tension)
Peppermint herbal tea (when I get stressed I carry most of it as nervous energy in my stomach)
Bubbles (controlled breathing)
Punching balloon (controlled breathing--and you can punch the heck out of it, if needed:))
Small journal and Pen
Fuzzy mini blanket
Water bottle (I finally found my very favorite water bottle, but it looks like it might not be sold anymore. Sigh. But, a spiffed-up insulated version is here).
Calming (and get back up) playlistand earbuds
i would also like to put together a little book of quotes/pictures/inspiring stuff.