When experiencing the symptoms of depression or anxiety logical thinking or decision making is not always possible. Creating a coping toolbox prepares for times when forethought is not possible. During times where you are experiencing lows this toolbox will provide comfort and strategies to encourage positive thinking. Including things such as favourite music, a sketch pad, or even letters from loved ones will bring anxiety or symptoms of depression to a more tolerable level or to a null.
And then you get to learn what to do when you get triggered. All together now-- stay with it, don't avoid it, breathe, think of when you got through other difficult times, plow ahead, use some distress tolerance skills to get you over the hump, pat yourself on the back when it is done. If you stay with it, that difficult feeling will be goney-gone-gone in about 10 minutes. Don't believe me? OK, we'll try it together...