A great way to lessen the impact of an unpredictable crisis in a family is for each family member to make a “comfort bag.”

This can be done in three easy steps:

  1. Find a small backpack, purse, or other bag.
  2. Fill the bag with about five items that bring you comfort. Some ideas are nonperishable snacks, comfortable socks, favorite photographs, music, letters or messages that make you smile, a book, or a reminder of pleasant memories. You can put anything in the bag as long as it isn’t hazardous to your health or safety.
  3. Keep the bag easily accessible at all times. If you feel sad, anxious, or are just having a bad day, take out your comfort bag and use the items to remind you of happier times and good feelings.