It’s no secret that mom life comes with rough days attached, and sometimes these kinds of days can start to pile up, creating a feeling of overwhelm that is hard to escape. It’s my belief that when a mama sets time aside to care for herself, even when she believes she doesn’t have time, she’ll find her life much more manageable and productive. I find that a self-care kit is a really useful tool to keep around for those moments of overwhelm because it’s an easy place to go to brainstorm ideas for what our souls are really craving in any stressful moment.
If you’re having a rough day, pull out your self-care kit, take a minute to close your eyes, and put your hand on your heart. Then ask yourself what you need right now. Something might come to mind, or as you begin looking through your kit, the right thing will eventually pop out at you.
Engaging any of your five senses will help your mind come back to the present moment, and remind your brain that you are safe here and now. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Your job at this moment is to restore your soul so that you’ll have the energy to tackle any problems life throws your way.
Here are 33 Items to add to your self-care kit to activate your five senses and calm your soul.
Items to Smell:
Favorite perfume- Who doesn’t love the smell of a good perfume?
Essential oil- Try these out!
Scratch and sniff stickers- Do you remember these? Ok, it might not be for everybody, but in my opinion, this would be a fun thing to do when I’m looking for a little pick me up. These ones are so cute!
A gift card to the grocery store to buy yourself flowers- Buying flowers is one of my favorite things to do on a rough day, especially since I get to see them and smell them all week long.
Self Care Kit Items to Taste:
A favorite snack or treat
Gift Card to a favorite restaurant- Sometimes a change of scenery, mixed with yummy food can be a perfect self-care day. A gift card is perfect too because then it’s already there, so you don’t have to feel guilty about going out and spending money.
Items to Touch:
A favorite blanket
Gift Card For A Massage
Gift Card For A Blowout
Self Care Kit Items to Hear:
Podcast- My favorite is Better Than Happy
Favorite DVD, better than netflix because you aren’t tempted to binge
Gift Card For A movie
Items to See:
Coloring pencils and sketchbook or coloring book
Three lifelines to raise your vibrations
List of your support network
List of self care ideas- Check out this post for some ideas.
A Good, uplifting Book
Positive Affirmation Cards
Journal with a list of prompts
A workout video
An Inspirational Pinterest Board- It can be home decor or places you want to travel, or really anything that lifts you up.
Self care comes in many forms. One form that I have found works wonders for me is a social media detox. I created a 10 Day Social Media Detox to help you begin your self care journey.
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