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How to Make Your Own Self-Care Kit

Published 03 November 15 03:34 PM

How to Make Your Own Self-Care Kit

When you’re wrapped up in work responsibilities, it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself. No matter how busy you are, it’s important that you find some me time. It could be during a work break or on your day off; it doesn’t matter when you carve out this time, as long as it’s devoted to relaxation.

Once you’ve found some free time, make it count by finding ways to relieve stress or by creating a self-care kit. So what is a self-care kit? A self-care kit is a collection of items that nurtures your well-being and promotes mental health. What goes into a self-care kit depends on the individual. You could include bath salts, inspirational notes or candles. Whatever you choose for your kit, make sure that it improves your mood and helps you de-stress.

 

Before you make your own kit, you should consider a few things. First, what makes you happy? If you’re happiest when writing, include a notebook in your kit. Do you enjoy a nice cup of tea? Add a tin of your favorite tea leaves. It’s all about what items and activities make you smile.

Secondly, what are your goals? Are you trying to stay healthy? If so, you might want to include some vitamins, healthy snacks or fitness accessories. Are you trying to reduce work stress? Then choose some scented candles or aromatherapy products. Take time to consider why you’re making this kit before selecting items.

To help you get started on your self-care kit, we’re sharing some helpful suggestions. You may not include all of these items in your personalized kit, but we hope that this list will inspire you.

Ideas for Your Self-Care Kit:

 
  • Tea
  • Vitamins
  • Funny comics
  • Stress ball
  • Epsom salt
  • Face cream
  • Essential oils
  • Chocolate
 
 
  • Music/white noise
  • Headphones
  • Foods that make you feel good
  • Nice notes or cards from others
  • Awards/achievements you’ve won
  • Lotion
  • Journal and pen
 
 
  • Comfort food recipes
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Jigsaw puzzle
  • Stuffed animal
  • Comfy sweatshirt
  • Magazines
  • List of things you like about yourself

Once you’ve collected all of your self-care items, you can store them in a shoe box, tote bag, basket or wherever you like. With this arsenal of self-care essentials, you’ll be prepared for any rough day!

What helps you de-stress after a long work day? Or have you already created a self-care kit of your own? Feel free to share with us!

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