Treat yourself kindly, with your words and your actions. Be soothing to your soul and reach deep into your heart so that you may bloom, showing the world your true inner beauty. Self care is an essential practice that is quick to become neglected in our hectic lives. We have space in our hearts to be gentle and kind to those surrounding us, yet when it comes to our needs we are quick to make sacrifices and cut corners.
Having a self care routine, something safe to fall back on during hard times will help to keep you rooted and feeling strong throughout the changing winds of life. Sometimes a physical reminder to take a moment to yourself can help to encourage your practice.
Take a moment on a calm day and fill a basket, a shoe box, whatever works for you, with items that bring you joy. Decorate it, put it on display, or tuck it under your bed; keep it in a safe space where you won’t forget about it. Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to revisit the self care package you’ve curated for yourself.
This was an incredibly helpful tool to have early on in my recovery. It helped to keep me occupied and redirect my energy in a more positive direction. What helps you, may be different that me; take the time to carefully select the objects you piece together for yourself. Below are some suggestions to help get you started.
- Favorite Nail Polish Color
- A CD or playlist of songs to pick you up
- Knitting Needles
- Crochet Hooks
- Supplies for a craft or project
- A journal
- A list of movies/ tv shows you want to watch
- A list of people you can call and talk to
- Bath Bomb
- Face Mask
- Calming Essential Oils
- Your Favorite Lotion
- A copy of your favorite book
- Collect recipes to try if you enjoy cooking
- Keep materials to make cards and write yourself a love letter
- Print out a few of your favorite pictures to remind you that you are loved
- Keep magazine scraps and cut outs to create a vision board
- Create a quick workout that you can do at any time to get your blood flowing and clear your headspace
- Dry Brush
- Write out a mantra to repeat to yourself, keep it tucked away
- A timer, a simple reminder to take as much or as little time as you need to recenter and regroup
- A packet of your favorite hot chocolate or coffee
- Keep a map or a tourist guide of one of the places on your bucket list and get inspired
- Ice Roller
- Packets of Calming Tea
- Comfortable Set of Pajamas
- Heated Blanket
+Stay Groovy, Kirst