Hey loves, have you been enjoying the first week of the new year? I have been working on tasks to help me with some goals that I started working on the end of the last year. Last year, I attended a training in self care and it was mentioned how important it is to create a list of self care activities to have at any given time. As I was looking back on last year, I realized that I participated in self care activities a lot.
I picked up a pretty basket from Target and was trying to figure out what to do with it and decided to use it to store my goodies I use for self care and created a self care kit. I can imagine self care kits have been around a long time and I find them to be great tools as you are been proactive in maintaining your health.
Say, you had a long day at work and you are exhausted but you get home and continue working because you have duties to do at home and crashed. You wake up the next morning to do it again. You continue to do this for weeks or months at a time. You find yourself tired all the time and sometimes not wanting to do the tasks that you set for yourself.
Your body and mind has not had time to relax and break from everyday wear and tear. This is when self care plays a major role in our lives. When you take time out to care for yourself, you are giving your body and mind a rest and a moment to relax.
A moment to calm down from all of the hustle and bustle. After that rest and relaxation, you feel good overall, you feel rejuvenated, you feel some peace, etc.
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I know after I give myself some self care I am able to develop solutions to certain things better. Every one self care kit may be different but the goal is the same. I picked objects that I like and that will help me relax.
I started Adult coloring last year. It is such as relaxing and peaceful time for me and it allows me to be creative and to decide how I want my picture to be. I am in full control and I can color out of the line if I want to. Ok, that is a great feeling sometimes especially when life can seem the opposite.
How do I even began about journaling? I love love it. I write down thoughts, ideas, happy moments, sad moments, dreams, goals, etc. It takes a lot to get me upset but when I do some of the things that come to my mind do not need to be said out loud but I can write them down to get them out.
After that, I am able to focus on why those words or thoughts were my reaction, think about the situation, and respond or react appropriately. As I mentioned in a post a while back, the pen can write what you can not say.
I love this mug, “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” When I saw it in the store, I was like I won’t let you lol. I don’t know what I was referring to exactly, maybe the infamous “negative self talk” or people who try to kill your dreams. I think it will be a great reminder though during my coffee and tea for self care moments.
Related reading: 5 Steps to Be Kind to Yourself
Coffee & Tea
I just love sitting in my favorite chair and sipping on some coffee or tea depending on which one I am in mood for.
Essential oils, candle, & favorite lotion
Aromatherapy is the business. It makes for a great spa day/night. I love scented candles & essential oil diffusers. Their scents make the atmosphere of the room so relaxing and smell of essential oils may help relieve stress.
I use them for the morning and evening. I love the zone I get in when I use them in the morning when I am writing down my grateful moments. I also love the zone they put me in when I use them in the evening with a long bath.
I light my candle, have some relaxing music playing, some epsom salts (not pictured), and essential oils in my bath and just relax.
I use my phone or iPad (not pictured). Music is therapeutic to me because some songs can describe how I am feeling and also how I want to feel.
Sometimes, the objects in my kit may change but for the most part, these are what I use now.
Do you have a self care kit?