Lately, self-care has been a very popular topic – especially on social media. You’ve probably seen those posts about ‘self-care Sunday’s’ (which I’ve totally posted about), self-care epsom salt baths with rose petals, or sitting next to a bunch of crystals meditating and reflecting. You’ve probably even seen the gratitude journals. These are all great forms of self-care, but those forms might not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’.
Self-care comes in a variety of forms.
Self-care is really all about doing something for yourself that makes you feel good – without feeling selfish or guilty that you’re spending time for you and you only. Yes, for some it might be in the form of a luxurious bath, but for others it might be in the form of cuddling up on the couch with a glass of wine and watching Netflix. It might even be knitting, painting or working out.
Sometimes we might get wrapped up in what self-care looks like, but at the end of the day it’s really just about reflecting about what makes you happy, healthy and feeling good. I bet you probably participate in one form of self-care daily, without even knowing or labeling it.
Self-care is really all about doing something for yourself that makes you feel good – without feeling selfish or guilty that you’re spending time for you and you only.
For me, I like to have a toolkit of my favourite ‘self-care’ activities that I can choose from. I make a point of doing at least one activity per day – just for me. On days when I’m busy, sometimes my self-care is just having a long shower and using my favourite body scrub. On others, when I have a bit more time, I like to put on a face mask, listen to some music and chill out in the bath. I’ll often even quietly bake and putter around the kitchen as a form of self-care, because for me I find it relaxing.
Create Your Own Self-Care Toolkit
Ask yourself, what do you enjoy? It can be as small as using your favourite essential oil blend.
In your favourite notebook, agenda or even on a piece of paper, list all of your favourite activities/practices that you like to do for yourself.
Keep this list handy (maybe even put in on the fridge or your bulletin board) and make a point of doing at least one of them a day, or every couple days. It’s YOUR self-care toolkit.
And remember, self-care comes in a variety of forms. What your self-care looks like doesn’t have to be the same as someone else’s.
My Self-Care Toolkit
My self-care toolkit includes:
- The remote!!! – I love a good evening of watching Netflix. It might not be your typical form of ‘self-care’, but watching my favourite show is a great way to turn my mind off and relax.
- Nail polish – although I’m pretty impatient waiting for my nails to dry, I really like the 20/30 minutes it takes painting them. I’m a sucker for a new polish and I love giving myself a manicure.
- Dry brushing – my new favourite shower routine is dry brushing. It’s feels so invigorating and I love the feeling on my body before I shower. It’s the little things that make me happy.
- Baking – whipping up a fresh batch of cookies or measuring out the ingredients for a loaf is so relaxing for me. I love spending time in the kitchen…and I don’t even mind having to do the dishes once I’ve made a mess.
- Masks – I’ll make a point to at least once a week do a face or hair mask (sometimes both). My absolute favourite face mask going right now is Omorovicza’s Deep Cleansing Mask – it makes me feel like I just had a facial (it’s also the price of a facial but a little goes a long way. There are probably a good 15-18 treatments in the one jar. For hair masks, I love the Marc Anthony Deep Nourishing Conditioning Treatment – not only does it make my hair feel so soft…it smells SO good.
- Books with quotes or little mindfulness exercises – when I’m having a stressful day or just need a little lift, I’ll often look at a quote. I like this book, Think Happy, Be Happy. It’s the cutest little book full of lovely quotes. It’s also only $4.95 on Amazon. The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness is also great for quick, mindfulness-based exercises.
- A bath – I love a nice bath. Especially with epsom salts or a bath bomb. I love the bath salts that Saje has, they smell as good as their diffuser blends. I’ll often light a couple candles and listen to music as well. For Christmas Rob got me a bath pillow…and it has seriously improved my bath game!
- A shower – A good shower after a long day is key for me. If I’m having a busy day, it might be the only self-care practice I can fit in, but I’m just as happy. I make it relaxing by adding a few drops of essential oil in the shower to make the bathroom smell like a spa and I’ll use my favourite body wash or scrub. Lately I’ve been loving the scrubs from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. (especially their Sugar Scrub).
- Painting – I love painting (I got it from my mama). It’s such a relaxing activity and it allows me to further express my creativity.
What’s in your self-care toolkit?