+ 25 Essential Self Care Box Ideas to Try!
A friend made an insightful point the other day.
She acknowledged that spring was difficult for her mental health. Like many, she was without a job for a time, shut in the house with two little ones, and no place to go.
So, she decided to be proactive about her future emotional wellbeing. She couldn’t control the pandemic or her job stability, but she could make herself a self care kit for fall and winter.
Essentially, she was taking matters into her own hands.
If she was stuck at home again, she would have something to stabilize her mental health.
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And, it’s brilliant. There is a lot about our current situation that we can’t control. But how we take care of our mental and physical health is still in our hands. It’s time to acknowledge that.
“We can not direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”Dolly Parton
But, a wellness box doesn’t have to be just for quarantine. It makes a fantastic addition to a cozy winter or a perfect Christmas gift to someone you love!
What is a Self Care Kit?
A self care kit is simply a collection of items that make you feel good. They support your emotional health by nourishing you, uplifting you, and sometimes bringing you back from the brink.
So, let’s build a magnificent self care box. One that helps gain perspective when you desperately need it.
What Should Go in a Self Care Kit?
Your exact self care basket is up to you, but here’s what you’ll find in the article:
- 25 effective (but inexpensive!) ideas to put in your kit
- What is in my self care box
- Pre-made wellness solutions
Start With Visual Ideas
First, check out these diy self care kit ideas to get started!
1. A Light Book or Romance Novel
Sometimes, what we need most is to escape when we’re low. Whether that’s a murder mystery, action-adventure, or trashy romance, find something you’ll ENJOY. We won’t judge!
Just, get a book that will take you to a faraway place. Preferably a beach.
2. A Personal Growth Book
Other times, we crave to feel the satisfaction of inner growth. What can you learn?
So, check out 25 Empowering Books for Women to see if anything resonates with you.
Additionally, for a variety of books to put in your kit, read this list of the current NY TImes Best Sellers. You won’t regret having a few exceptional reads ready when you’re stuck inside.
3. Fresh Photos
Next, print some photos that you love or create a go-to collection of photos in your phone. Often, looking at pictures of your friends and family can give you a needed mental boost.
*I got family photos taken this fall for the sole purpose of having something new to look at this winter.
4. A Fresh New Journal & Fun Pens
Journaling is therapy.
And we ALL need some good therapy sometimes! So, add a beautiful journal to the mix or some bright pens that you’ll be excited to use. Then, alleviate your worries and stress with a good writing session.
Other posts to help with your journaling:
- 50 Thought Provoking Gratitude Prompts (free printable)
5. Thank You Cards
No doubt, this pandemic has sometimes made us feel disconnected from others.
So, add a few thank you notes to your kit to send to those you love. Not only will it boost your mental health, but you’ll make someone else feel good as well.
6. Bella Grace Magazine
This magazine/short book is the most inspiring collection of women’s work I’ve seen. I have four editions in my home and pull it out when needed. If nothing else, the beautiful writing of other women’s struggles and dreams reminds me that I’m not alone.
7. Nail Polish
Sometimes, a girl just needs to feel pretty. Am I right?
So, indulge in quality nail polish or fake nails for when the time is right. There are a lot of options for easy nails these days!
8. Positive Quotes & Phrases
This can be free! Simply write a few quotes that will uplift you in tough times.
Here are quote posts that will inspire you:
Too much work?
Then, purchase something with a quote or collection of inspiring quotes like the book above
Next, Find the Right Kind of Noise
The sounds in your space and what you tell yourself make a huge impact on your quality of life. So, check these ideas out!
9. Affirmation Cards
After an affirmation challenge turned me into a groupie, I had to include some easy affirmation cards that help you love on yourself. Because we all need a little extra love once in a while.
*Readers also love these empowering question cards >>
10. A List of Stations or Playlists
Do you know where to find calming music when you need it?
Take a few moments to create a short list of music options (or playlists) for when you need to be inspired or when you need to calm down. Have them ready!
11. A White Noise Machine
12. A List of Positive Podcasts
Next, another list for your wellness kit! Hey, it’s free!
Spend a bit of time searching for podcasts that you can check out and that will help you feel good. There are SO MANY inspiring podcasts out there today. And they are an amazing resource for mental health and growth.
Now, Items That Help You FEEL Great
If you are tactile or you respond to the power of touch, these ideas are for YOU!
13. Face Masks
A face mask, or an entire variety pack will keep your skin feeling fresh and replenished in the harsher winter months.
14. Massage Oils
Invest in a great massage oil or lotion if you love a good massage. Then, even if you can’t get out, talk your partner into a short massage on tough nights. This works wonders in our home.
15. Stress Balls
Motivation in a squeeze ball? Yes please! It’s the perfect calm down tool when you’re restless, stressed, or anxious.
16. Cozy Fabrics
Next, insert something in your self care kit that makes you feel cozy and well cared for. A plush (or weighted) blanket, slippers, socks, a robe, or a new comfortable nightgown all encourage you to take it easy and enjoy life’s simple pleasures a bit more.
17. A New Bath or Shower Product
And finally for touch, sometimes upgrading or replacing an old bath product does the trick. A sharp new razor, bath scrub, or shaving gel can be a low-cost way to perk you up when you’re down. Or check out a spa gift set HERE >>
Related Post: 100 Easy Self Care Ideas on a Bad Day
Next, Scents That Support You
As it turns out, smell makes a big impact on our emotional health. So, try lavender for relaxation and peppermint for a little pep in your step (source). And check out the two easiest ways to get them below!
18. Essential Oils
So, keep your mood enhancers in the self care kit as a reminder to be utilizing this important tool.
A great self care basket includes at least one candle that makes you happy. So, buy a fresh candle and stick it in for easy access when you need to relieve stress.
Tasty & Healthy Treats for Your Self Care Box
Ah, food. Our bodies need wholesome quality options, but sometimes you also need a small splurge that gets you through the day.
Who doesn’t crave a bit of chocolate now and then?
Now, this doesn’t have to be a sugar bomb (unless you want it to be). There are a lot of high-quality chocolate bars on the market today. Buy something with 85-95% cocoa, and you’ll find the sugar is very low.
Or check out these healthy protein bars! They are AMAZING!
21. Hot Chocolate
Which brings me to one of the things we love most about the winter. Cozy, hot drinks. With a little sugar, of course.
22. Healthy Snacks
Next, a few healthy dry snacks can make your day when your general supply is low! Try out one of these:
- veggie chips
- granola bars (check out the RX bars above!)
- dried fruit
23. Quality Coffee
But a package of that fancy coffee you LOVE or even a five dollar gift card can be a gigantic mood booster.
Funny enough, Vodka was the first item in my friend’s self care kit! Ha!
Really though, a small nightcap can take the edge off after a long day. (Just don’t let it turn into an unhealthy habit!)
So, maybe it’s that coveted bottle of red wine you don’t buy often, or ingredients to a new cocktail you know you’d love to try when the time is right. Make it special and it will be the perfect addition to your kit.
25. Herbal Tea
Finally, a quality herbal tea can be the energizing boost you need in the morning, or just the thing to calm you down at night. I also find that when I’m struggling to drink enough water, tea helps me fill in the hydration gaps.
What My Self Care Kit Looks Like
My Items include:
- Quarantine Wine (gifted to me by a friend)
- How to Love Yourself Cards
- RX Bars
- Chocolate bars
- The Alchemist Book (such a beautiful book!)
- A Bella Grace Magazine
- Tazo black tea
- Thank you and Just Because Cards
- Razor refills
- Biore strips
- Yes to Face Masks
- Impress Nails
I’ll update this post as I improve the kit!
Wellness Kits to Order
If you are the type that loves this idea, but would better appreciate it put together for you, check out these self care box subscription ideas. You get unique wellness items sent to you monthly!
So, all the benefit, and none of the work.
TheraBox Self Care Subscription Box
Therabox is a special set in that a therapist picks out the self-care contents. So, professionals are giving you what you need each month!
Additionally, there’s a happiness activity in every box, which builds your self-love and self-esteem.
HopeBox – Care for Your Body, Heart, & Soul
The Hopebox is packed with unique artisanal items that boost coziness and well, hope. Which is essential to rebuild in any tough season.
Something to Consider With Your Self Care Kit
“To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.Michelle Obama
A self care kit can help you do that. As well as having the emotional energy to conquer your other marvelous life goals and dreams.
And finally, these make fantastic self care gift ideas as well. 2021 may continue to be tough for all of us, so don’t be afraid to spread a little love with any of these!
What should go in your self care kit?
Wellness Posts to Enjoy…
- 30 Soothing Gifts for Anxiety Sufferers – items sure to calm down anyone.
- How to Wake Up Early & Triple Your Self Care – why getting up early is the secret to wellness.
- The List of 99 Habits to Improve Your Life – easy habits that change the game.
- Start a Free Weekly Self Care Routine Checklist Now – uplevel your self-care routine!