What items should you invest in for self care? I know many cringe at the idea of spending money on themselves, especially on items that seem frivolous or unnecessary, but there is nothing wrong in spending money on yourself–you are your own greatest investment after all, and you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to invest in your own self care. There are some things I do recommend to have, and they might require you making a purchase or two. And that’s okay! It’s neither a sin, or a crime to spend some money on yourself and your own wellbeing. So let go of that guilt and dive in and maybe go shopping.
Whether you want to bullet journal, or just write your thoughts free style, having a beautiful journal to write in is a great way to boost your self care. Of course, it’s really the journalling that is improving your self care and mental health, but how much more motivating and soothing is it to pick up a notebook that you love, and find oh so pretty than it is writing in a school style notebook? I have tons of beautiful journals and each has it’s own use and I love using each of them! I’m a bit excessive with journals, I’ll admit, I’ll blame the writer in me. But I think the twenty plus dollars you might spend on a pretty journal is sooo worth it.
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Skincare For Self Care
Skincare is so important. Our faces is what we present to the world, it expresses our mood and energy and of course, we want to put our best face forward. So skincare is key to helping us achieve that and feel confident. Totally invest in a good skincare regime–cleanser, toner, moisturizer and mask. Those are your basics. Do your research instead of just walking into a drug store and picking up whatever. Decide what your skin goals are, and what kind of product you are comfortable using. Does it have to be vegan or cruelty free? And then, invest both the money and the time into your skincare. Spending those ten to twenty minutes caring for your face is so relaxing and you’ll benefits in other ways as well with glowing skin, and maybe even improved confidence.
Functional and Pretty Office Decor
Do you spend a lot of time in your office? Then I suggest turning your office space into a space you love. Invest in a comfy chair, a desk that can house all your office essentials and a wee bit more, and get some storage and organizational items that you love. Even a knick knack or wall art piece you love will change your space. Spending time in a space you find restful instead of stressful will definitely improve your mood and is an easy, practical way to practice self care. Be sure to take some breaks from your office too. Make a cup of tea, take half an hour to stretch, and return to your office ready to get back to work in a space you love.
Crystals, Candles, Oils
Now, you know I love crystals and find them so soothing and relaxing. I also love essential oils and use several oils for self care as well. And there’s a lot to be said to just having some personal items like this, that are strictly yours, that you can use to help you practice mindfulness or to meditate with, and are totally worth the money. So indulge in that pretty crystal you saw, or buy those oils and take half an hour a day where you check out from emails, kids, noise and just have a bit of zen time breathing deeply with your favourite stone and breathing in the soothing scent of lavender or even orange and ylnag ylnang. It’s time out for you, and with a focus and that time of mindfulness is really good for self care, so why not?
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Self Care App For Your Smart Phone
This one might not be for everyone, but it’s worth considering. If you are really into keeping digital and streamlined this is likely a great idea for you. There are lots of self care apps out there, and most come with some sort of subscription cost. They can offer a wide variety of resources too, such as guided meditations, sleep stories, relaxing musics, articles on mental health and mood trackers, just to name a few. But honestly, why not invest in one of these apps? It could offer you a lot in terms of knowledge, provide you with a quick and easy place to record moods, triggers, and daily affirmations and totally support your self care. Research the app, read reviews, use the trial period, and see how you feel.
Books, Books and More Books
Even if you are not a big reader, I recommend books! Books are great items to invest in for self care no matter what what kind of reading you enjoy best. There really is something out there for everyone, and you can either dive into a steamy fictional romance, or a gripping thriller, or you can also read up on self care and self help. Whatever floats your boat. Being engaged in reading helps your mind focus and we definitely spend too much time in this busy world tweeting and emailing and jumping from one webpage to another. It’s a lot for our brains, and reading allows us to practice mindfulness. Also, it can help us learn more about ourselves as well as develop empathy, all of which are great for self care and better connecting to others.
Create a Self Care Album
You’ve likely heard of a self care kit or box, but what about an album? This could be in a notebook, or it could be digital. You could include photos of loved ones, affirmations, pictures of nature, a mood tracker page, articles you found inspiring or uplifting and whatever else you find useful. You could even include the contact info for your favourite spa or massage therapy clinic for quick reference. This could be something you have on your desk for reference, or something you carry on your phone or in your purse. Having a physical book of self care resources would be extremely useful, especially for those who have high stress jobs or are going through a stressful time or who work long hours. However you put it together, it’s unique to you and totally yours.
Bath Bombs, Scrubs and More
Now, I’ve said before that self care is about so much more than long bubble baths and massages, and it really is, but honestly if you find baths relaxing, then they should totally be apart of your self care. Invest in some good quality bath bombs and oils and enjoy your soak in the tub with the soothing scents of rose or cheery blossom. There are lots of companies like Lush and Body Shop that have amazing bath products for you to indulge in, and I will admit, sometimes a bath is just the trick to soothing your achy body and quieting a busy mind. Bath items to invest in for self care should never be overlooked in my books.
Beautiful Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is so important I know there are lots of people who do not drink enough water! I also know it can be hard to remember to drink enough water, so to this end, I think it’s totally worth investing in a quality water bottle that you love. Whether at home or work, having this with you will remind you drink that water and you’ll feel tons better for it. Did you know drinking water flushes bacteria from your bladder? And that it both normalizes blood pressure and protects organs and tissues in the body? Or that it helps boost skincare beauty and health? There are a ton of other reasons to drink water, those are just three and honestly, this is the easiest self care you can do and only requires a one time purchase. Be sure to get a beautiful water bottle that is BPA free.
I have a weighted blanket, and it’s honestly the best thing ever. I used it a lot when I was super stressed and found that it really helped me stay asleep at night. Weighted blankets are great for self care as they can reduce your stress and anxiety. It’s the weight and pressure that allows this to occur in your body, and research has shown they are beneficial for those who have autism, ADHD, anxiety, chronic pain and sleep issues. You can have this with you on the sofa as well, and they are quite relaxing even though the idea itself seems a little odd at first.
These are ten items to invest in for self care that I think you won’t regret shelling out the money for. You’ll be doing both your body and mind a lot of favours when you spend some money on self care, and there is nothing wrong in doing so as self care is so important, especially in this insane twenty-first century world of ours. It’s busy, it’s stressful and it’s certainly uncertain. Self care is more important now than ever, so make the investment in yourself.
What else would you add to this list? Share in the comments!