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If you’ve ever read one of my posts before, you should know by now that I’m a huge believer in self-care. Taking care of yourself is important and I think it’s something that should be a priority for everyone.
Self-care means something different for each person, though. Something that helps you take care of your needs might not help someone else – and vice versa. We’re all unique, with unique circumstances.
But we should all be prepared for times when an urgent need for self-care sneaks up on us. Maybe it’s in the form of a panic attack, a triggering event, a bad day, or some sort of emergency. And in those moments, it’s important that we have everything we need ready for us.
And that’s what this post is all about: how to create your own perfect self-care kit!
What is a self-care kit, exactly?
A self-care kit is a collection of items to help you make sure you’re meeting your needs – emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It’s especially helpful in case of an emergency. If you struggle with mental illness or a chronic illness, it’s definitely a good idea to create a self-care kit.
I also want to point out that a self-care kit can be a wonderful and thoughtful gift for anyone you know who struggles with a physical or mental illness!
Tips for creating a self-care kit
Figure out where to keep it: Some people keep their self-care kit in their purse so they have it wherever. Some people keep them in a “self-care corner” of their home. Some keep a box of these items in their workplace, some keep one in their car. You could also create a few for different places depending on your needs. Think about when you’re most likely to need it. I keep one in my office, but I also keep a few items in my purse as well.
Think about how you want to feel: When choosing items for your self-care kit, ask yourself how you want to feel after using it. Maybe you want to feel safe, comfortable, relaxed, confident, refreshed, rested, or something else. If you struggle with anxiety, you probably want to feel relaxed or comforted. If you struggle with depression, you might want to feel refreshed. It all depends on what you’re usually struggling with.
What to include in your self-care kit
A journal and pens // Keeping a journal handy can help you get your problems out of your head and onto paper, plus it allows you to express yourself.
Scents // Different scents are good for affecting our moods in different ways. Scents like citrus are uplifting and scents like lavender are calming. You can keep them in the form of essential oils, sprays, or candles. They can really help with depression or anxiety.
Pampering items // Pampering yourself a little bit can really help to calm you down while giving yourself some attention. Think of items like face masks, nail polish, lip balm, lotion, body oil, a brush, or fuzzy socks. Or even things that make you feel pretty like lipstick or mascara.
Books // Books are one of my favorite escapes when I’m stressed out. It’s definitely helpful to keep one in your self-care kit.
A coloring book // An adult coloring book like this one can help you distract yourself and calm down.
Tissues // Because sometimes we just need a good cry to let it all out.
A Bible // Keeping a religious or spiritual book handy can do wonders for helping you through whatever you’re struggling with.
Snacks // We shouldn’t make a habit out of using food as a way to cope with our problems, but sometimes you just need Cheez Its and a Dr Pepper – am I right? You could also include coffee or tea.
Positive affirmations // When you’re overwhelmed by negative feelings, positive affirmations can help. Keeping a set of cards like this one can come in really handy when it comes to cheering you up.
DVDs or video games // If you have the time, keeping a video game or movie handy can help distract you and change your mood.
Crystals // Crystals are believed to help with so many things, including calming your mind. Amethyst is one that can help you relieve stress, balance moods, decrease negativity, and more.
Comfy clothes // Comfort is super important, especially when you’re in desperate need of self-care.
You can learn more about self-care, self-love, and self-acceptance in my book “Love Yourself: A Journey of Self-Care, Self-Acceptance, and Total Self-Love“! You can get it in Kindle, paperback, or PDF form!