Brain Balm for Uncertain Times

“Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front-and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”

Mr. Rogers

Resources I’ve collected for soothing yourself in really scary and upsetting territory.

Remember: your feelings are healthy and normal! The goal here is to reduce stress responses so you can feel what you feel without being overwhelmed by the phyisological response.

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

Try these from Sunrise RTC
My favorite go-to is ice on your forehead. Slap a baggie of ice on there as soon as you feel panic or flooding.

Tapping and Accupressure

Here is an amazing resource on tapping points, accupressure, and other ways to find solace/calm from

The Science of Wellbeing

A free course on happiness, including an app to help remind you how to use the skills, from Yale.

Free Mindfulness Meditations

From UCLA, out of the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. There’s also an app for that!

Self Compassion

Kristin Neff has a wealth of free resources on her site to work on self compassion. The guided mediations are particularly amazing!

Levar Burton Reads

Let Levar Burton read you stories, get wisked away in the pleasantness of it all.

Intake Beauty

Using the distress tolerance skill where we focus on the 5 senses, here’s some absolute awesomeness for your eyes/vision sense.


100 Art Therapy Exercises

Brené Brown says the opposite of creativity is depression. It isn’t frivoulous, it’s deeply healing. Get out of your worry brain and sink into your soothing self with art.


No, Really, Do Art

Art, movement, music, writing, it’s all here. Try it out, it’s free!



Worksheets and printable items to put up around your house or in a journal. 

Grounding Techniques
How To Meditate
Thinking Errors
Self Care Assessment