Hey, friends! Self-care is something that is always going to be huge on my heart and that’s why I continue to share about it here at CWS. Not only do I want to always be growing in self-care but I also want to encourage you to be doing the same.
3 years ago, I wrote a blog post on how to create an emergency self-care kit and today, I’m doing a bit of a revamp off that post. When I wrote that post, I was in the beginning stages of implementing a self-care routine into my life and since then, my perspective on self-care has really grown. I’m really excited to dive in with you today! 🙂
I’m all about keeping to a regular self-care routine. I have shared many times in the past about why self-care isn’t some special thing you do once in a while, instead, it’s a practice you need to incorporate into your daily life. Self-care has many dimensions to it. Everyone’s self-care routine looks different and it’s really a beautiful thing because we’re all wired differently and have to tend to certain areas more than others.
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When it comes to having a self-care box, it’s more of a box you grab when you’re really in need of some good self-care time. It’s part “emergency self-care kit” and part “practical self-care kit”. 😉
Instead of just focusing on the physical aspect of self-care for my updated idea, we’ll be focusing on the 5 dimensions of self-care for our boxes. You want to be healthy and in tune with every aspect of self-care, not just a select few.
I’m sharing some of what I’ve placed in my box as inspiration for you to find ideas on what to put in yours! Since taking these photos, I’ve added a few more items, too. 🙂 Let’s dive in!
HOW TO MAKE A SELF-CARE BOX:
One of the neatest things about self-care is that it can be unique to everyone. What might work for you in finding peace might not work for someone else. I think that’s so cool, though. We all have little things that make us feel calm, centered, and whole. I want to encourage you to try to think outside of the box when creating your self-care box. Try to include items from each dimension of self-care, if possible. But, of course, it’s totally okay if your box focuses more heavily on one dimension. 🙂
When choosing items for your self-care box, here are some questions to ask yourself…
- What never ceases to make me calm down and relax?
- What exercises help me center myself?
- What kind of pampering always leaves me feeling fresh?
- What items make me feel comforted?
- What are some things that make me feel inspired?
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR SELF-CARE BOX:
For me, when it comes to physical self-care, I love to pamper myself. Painting my nails and using a face mask will never cease to make me feel refreshed and soothed. Some spa time is always good for the soul. I’ve also been all about eh cozy, pullover sweaters lately.
Sometimes you just need a good cry, so stock up on those tissues! Emotional self-care is one dimension that is really different for everyone. Plus, it can differ depending on what you’re needing to release: sadness, stress, frustration, and so on. I find that listening to calm music always helps me to get in touch with my emotions, just as much as jotting my feelings down in a journal. Journaling is trendy right now but it really does help.Here's a list of what to put in your self-care box for EVERY dimension of self-care! Click To Tweet
- Note Cards
- Letters From Friends
- Call A Friend
- Plan A Coffee Date
- Shut Your Phone Off
Social self-care is not something that’s easy to put into a self-care box, but I always recommend having note cards in your box. Write some love notes to your friends – it’ll mean the world to them and it’ll also help you feel good & celebrate those you have in your life. Always unplug and shut your phone off when you’re dedicating time to self-care.
- A Book On Self-Improvement Or Mindfulness
- Coloring Book
- Listen To A Podcast
Intellectual (or mental) self-care doesn’t have to be some huge learning experience. Instead, it can be simple things that engage your mind or things that you can work on to create. Put on your favorite podcast and do some coloring or painting.
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Spiritual self-care is another dimension that might look different for everyone. For me, it’s really important for me to study the Bible and to pray. I also really enjoy practicing yoga. Yoga isn’t really a magical, spiritual thing for me but instead, yoga serves as a great way for me to focus on mindfulness and centering myself. I always feel calm and peaceful after time in prayer and yoga.Self-Care Box: Why You Need One & What To Include Click To Tweet
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Do you have a self-care box? If so, what are some of the go-to items that you keep in it? If you don’t have one yet but want to make one, what items will you put in yours? Let’s chat!