All of us know that self-care is important… Prioritize.
It’s not easy to prioritize your needs.
It doesn’t matter if you have a busy job, lots of kids, or feel guilty about taking the time to take care of yourself. Do it. Take time off for yourself.
To make things easier, you can also create a self-care plan.
What is a self-care box?
It is possible that you have items you feel that you need with you at all times. To keep all your favorite self-care products in one place, you’d need a self-care box. You can keep your self-care items in this box.
This way, it is always available and ready to go when you are most in need.
A self-care subscription box is a great option.
Are you not into DIY self-care kits? Gift yourself or someone you care about (monthly self-care) by getting a self-care subscription box.
TheraBox was designed by therapists to help reduce stress and increase joy.
Every month you will receive a box containing $100+ worth of self-care products. TheraBox is a popular choice and gets amazing reviews.
All details regarding TheraBox can be found HERE.
When it arrives, you’ll be able to smile every month!
What should I include in my self-care basket?
You can make your own self-care kits by getting a container, box, or basket to hold your personal items. You can either use an item you already own or purchase a beautiful box to store your self-care items.
Consider the things that you love doing and the items that give you comfort. Pack those.
You can personalize your self-care box with your favorite items.
Are you looking for inspiration? These are 25 things that you might include.
- Favorite DVDs
It’s always fun to watch your favorite TV show or movie, and it can also be a great way to distract yourself from feeling down.
You can stream many movies and shows online, but it is much more convenient to have them on DVD.
For extra comfort, you might include a childhood favorite movie or series.
Warm, soothing drinks like tea and hot chocolate can be very relaxing during self-care sessions.
Warm mugs are just so good!
- Notepads and pens
Include a notebook with your self-care kit.
You can use this method to journal, doodle, brain dump your thoughts or create a list of dreams or goals.
Although most of us don’t take the time to reflect on our lives, it can help to write down our thoughts and feelings.
- Favorite candle
The sense of smell is extremely powerful and familiar scents can be very comforting.
It is very relaxing to watch the flame flicker!
- Gift card
Although most people practice self-care in their homes, it’s nice to have a gift card.
It’s a great idea to use this $5-10 gift card at a local coffee shop or ice cream shop.
It’s like a gift for your future self.
- Kit for manicuring
A manicure set and nail varnish are great ideas if you have a self-care routine that includes grooming and pampering.
This could include everything that you need for a manicure or pedicure.
It is so easy to find everything in one place.
The perfect way to end the day is with your favorite novel or one that you have been meaning to read.
Perfect for reading is a book of short stories, magazines, fancy catalogs, and anything else.
- Fuzzy socks
Warm, soft socks have a way to ground us.
You can also get the one with aloe to soothe your feet while you are doing something else.
It’s also difficult to relax when your feet are frozen! So, add them.
- Essential oils
Lavender essential oil can have a calming effect and set the tone for self-care.
It can be used in a rollerball or in an essential oil diffuser.
When you want to be alone, a good pair of headphones is a must.
Particularly if they are noise-canceling.
With these, you can simply turn down any noises in your home and simply listen to what you want.
- Stuffed animal
You can have your own cuddly, stuffed animal as part of your self-care kit.
It is so comforting to have something in your arms. Although a body pillow is also possible, it just won’t be able to fit in your kit box.
- Yoga mat
When you feel stressed, stretching or simple yoga can help you to ground yourself.
You can also follow along on YouTube to a guided meditation, or a yoga class.
Include in your kit comfort food such as dark chocolate or crunchy snacks.
It can be eaten while you are reading or watching a movie.
- Bath bomb
Relaxing in a hot bath with salts, bubbles, or bath bombs can be a great way to unwind.
Keep your favorite bath and beauty products in one place.
Add a blanket if your box is large enough. A comfortable weighted or heated throw blanket can be especially helpful. Your weighted blanket can be your great gift. It is a great souvenir as you sleep at night.
- Bubbles and Play-Doh
Playing with Play-Doh and blowing bubbles is so relaxing! Seriously! It’s worth it!
Playing with bubbles will help to deepen your breathing as you blow. Squishing the Playdough is pure fun as well.
- Eye mask
There are many types of eye masks that you can choose from.
Cooling masks can reduce puffiness and feel really good.
There’s also the one you know, which blocks out light. These are great for taking a break.
This heated eye mask is my favorite. It is very soothing and helps with headaches.
- Coloring book
Coloring can be a creative outlet that gives you something to do.
Adult coloring books can be more difficult, but I enjoy coloring with children’s books.
You should also include crayons and coloring pencils!
Shiatsu massagers are great for stiff or sore muscles.
To loosen up, you can apply it to your neck, back, or legs.
I hope these ideas may have inspired you to create your own self-care kit.
The box is meant to be pulled out at any time you want to unwind since all of your favorite things will be in one place.
These ideas can be used to create a gift basket for self-care.
Let’s make it a priority to take care of ourselves!