Day 21 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge
I had never even thought of creating my own self care kit until I started doing more research into self care. And then I thought, what a great idea and why on earth haven’t I been doing this?! So I am going to share with you today, what a self care kit is and how to put one togehter.
A self care kit is a collection of items you know you find calming and comforting during times of distress. It can include anything you like really, but I’m going to list out some things I think are must haves and would be great additions to any self care kit.
What Do I need to Make a Self Care Kit?
You’re going to need a box or some sort of cloth pouch like a make up bag or purse. Personally, I like the idea of creating a self care kit I can bring to work with me, so I’m to provide items that are small and easy to carry. Of course, you could always use a larger box and include bigger items if you are creating one simply for home or have space to store it at work. These are all going to be items that I will be including in my own kit and I believe anyone can benefit from.
People have been using plants and herbs, and oils derived from them for years for thousands to treat a vast array of problems. I personally love the smell of lavender, which is known to be very calming and is even used a sleep remedy. So find a few oils you find calming (lavender, bergamot, neroli and ylang and ylang are known to be soothing and calming) and be sure to tuck them into your self care kit.
I would honestly take a small notebook/journal and keep that on me as well. Then, you can record your feelings if you need to, or simply take ten minutes to reflect on what you are grateful for, or great things have happened so far in your day. This can be a great way to re-group during a stressful day at work.
Stress Ball or Fidget Toy
These are very useful, and are not just for busy kids. Something that you gives you sensory relief such as a smooth worry stone, perhaps made out of amethyst or black onyx can help keep your hands busy and provide something to focus on if you just need a few moments to yourself. The cool, smooth texture can be calming. Or, a stress ball that you can squeeze can provide a release in the form of pressure.
I plan to include a photo my pet rabbit. She makes me so happy. Photos are visual and can invoke feelings of calmness or happiness if you chose one that you are especially connected with. Perhaps you might chose a photo of your husband to remind you of your love for one another. That can remind you are not alone. My rabbit calms me and cute animals bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Let’s face it, our mental health suffers if our bodies are not properly nourished. So be sure to have a nut bar in your self care kit, one that doesn’t have a ton of additives and sugars added in. Or perhaps a little cup of dry oats so you can mix together a quick snack if needed. Dark chocolate is another choice or have all three and mix and match.
And Whatever else YOU Find Comforting
While I do think that all of the above are items that anyone can include in their self care kit, there are likely some that are going to be unique to your self care kit. Items such as allergies meds if you suffer from hayfever, or a hand made card from your little one that makes you laugh can and should be included if they bring you some form of relief.
I’m going to put all of these items together in a nice make up bag I have that I never use, but will now put to good use. I can keep this in my desk drawer at work and access it when I need to. Already, the idea of having access to this when I am at work is reassuring.
Do you have a self care kit? What do you keep in it? Comment below!