The Wellness Toolbox is the cornerstone of developing a WRAP and a key wellness resource. It is an ever-expanding list of tools – actions, activities and behaviors – that you can use to develop the action plans that are part of each section of WRAP. For many people, the Wellness Toolbox is their first introduction to the idea that there are simple, safe things they can do to help themselves.
Building Your WRAP Wellness ToolboxIn addition to using your Wellness Toolbox to build your action plan, use it on a daily basis for ideas of things to do that will help you feel better to enhance and enrich your life. Have your Wellness Toolbox easily accessible. Hang a copy on the refrigerator or on a bulletin board. Have it on your desk. Use it for daily planning and even moment-to-moment planning.
Add new tools whenever you notice or discover them. Carry a small notebook with you. Every time you notice a Wellness Tool, jot it down. Use available WRAP materials such as Building Your Wellness Toolbox with Mary Ellen Copeland to help you create your Wellness Toolbox. This audio program leads you through an intensive process of uncovering your personal Wellness Tools. It includes many Wellness Tools that you can put in your own toolbox if you think they would work for you.
Listen here for a sample:

Some ideas for Wellness Tools that you can do every day to help make you feel better are:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Taking a shower
  • Wearing something you like
  • Cooking or having a potluck supper
  • Painting or Drawing
  • Working outside in a garden
  • Walking in the woods
  • Getting together with friends
  • Bird watching
  • Connecting with friends on Facebook

Your Wellness Tools also serve as a helpful list of suggestions when you are trying to decide something to do. Your list might start out as a very short list, but over time you will discover more and more tools to add.