Self-care should be a part of your everyday routine. You can indulge a bit in a hot bath after your kids have gone to bed and simply relax for 30 minutes. Making a self-care toolkit will make it easier to take care of yourself.
I love self-care and I use it almost every day. I don’t go all in every single day, but generally, I like to do a Sunday self-care routine. Having a collection of items or an action plan for your self-care day is your self-care toolkit.
The things I use for my self-care routine are all items and tools that work for me. I have different things for different days, and I don’t always do the same routine on Sundays. What I do depends a lot on my mood. If I am feeling down or sad, I will try to do something that makes me feel more energized and happy.
You are probably asking, what you should put in your self-care toolkit, but I can’t answer that for you. You need to ask yourself, what sort of items have brought you a semblance of balance and peace. It’s different for everybody.
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My morning starts with Journaling
After waking up, I sit up in bed and retrieve two items that I use every morning. The first item is my 5-Minute Journal.
You can read more about “how journaling can improve your mental health” in this article.
It’s a pretty simple concept to start, as you only need something to write on. You shouldn’t think too hard and you simply need to start writing down everything that’s going on inside your head.
Don’t think about whether it looks pretty in writing or how you are formulating yourself. Just write. The point is to empty your head and do a brain dump.
I use the ZenART leather-bound notebook, as I like to write in something pretty and not just on a piece of paper.
Creating a calming and relaxing space
I usually always start my self-care routine by cleaning and decluttering my place. Cleaning has always made me feel relaxed and at ease. I grew up with a mum who always made sure we had a clean home. She taught us the importance of cleaning and decluttering. A cluttered home is a cluttered mind.
On Sundays, I wake up around 8 and I get to cleaning as soon as my morning routine is done. I like to have a clean start to the week ahead.
You can learn more about “my anti-anxiety morning routine” in this article.
I know cooking is not necessarily a relaxing thing to do for everybody, but I love spending time in the kitchen and it is something that greatly relaxes me. Plus, I know I will feel good once I have had a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The first thing I drink in the morning, besides water, is my anti-bloating tonic. I used to have trouble with daily bloating, but when I cut out bread from most of my meals and started having this tonic in the mornings, I don’t feel bloated anymore.
My tonic drink
1 lemon (juice), 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2″-1″ fresh ginger (sliced), 2 tsp powdered turmeric, 2 tbsp honey (I use Manuka honey) and a dash of cayenne pepper.
All you have to do is boil some water, add the lemon juice, ginger, and turmeric to the hot water along with the honey and cayenne pepper. It doesn’t taste very good if I am completely honest, but it works. So I drink it anyway.
This is something I drink to help myself feel good. Whenever I am bloated, I really don’t feel well, and that’s not something I want of course.
Clothes that make me feel comfortable
I love wearing my pajamas all day on Sundays. Wearing whatever makes you feel comfortable and good is essential if you want to relax and unwind. I usually wear this set from PajamaMania on Sundays. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s soft and comfortable.
I have this set shown in the picture and the set with the black top. I like to have a few to choose between.
I use Essential oils almost daily. There are so many wonderful benefits from using essential oils plus they smell amazing. I have a whole blog post about essential oils right here.
You can read my review for my Smiley Daisy essential oil diffuser in this article right here.
Candles and candlelight
I find it very soothing to burn candles and keep a low-light-level in general. I put candles everywhere and especially in my bathroom. They are on the counter and shelves.
I typically buy a few boxes of these small candles from Hosley as the box comes with 24 candles in total. They are small enough to put in most places, plus I like how pretty they look, right?
I absolutely love the amazing smell from this candle from Aubert & Amandine. It has an amazing smell of Lavender and Vanilla. I have one of these in my bathroom and another in my bedroom. This one also looks beautiful on any countertop.
I don’t work on Sundays and keep this day all to myself. I love reading and I can spend hours escaping into a good Fantasy or Sci-Fi book. In recent years, I have been into self-help books and also read these quite a lot.
You don’t have to run a marathon in order to exercise, but exercising should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. When you exercise, your body releases hormones, known as your feel-good hormones. These hormones make you feel energized and motivated, and they are essential to your mental health.
Simply just going for a walk outside will release feel-good hormones (endorphins) into your system and you will already feel better.
After doing my 5-Minute Journal and morning pages in the morning, I usually meditate for 5-10 minutes and then I do some light stretches and yoga moves. It’s just to get my body moving after I have been asleep for 7-9 hours.
Exercising leads to a happier life with less stress and more energy, which is definitely what you need if you are depressed. Exercise also improves your sleep.
My favorite flowers are Lilies. They are just so elegant and beautiful and look absolutely amazing in any home environment. I have some scattered around my home, in my bathroom, kitchen and living room along with my green plants.
Flower arrangements make your home look beautiful and we all know that looking at something pretty, makes us feel happy. I love having these in my self-care toolkit.
Self-care should be in everyone’s daily routine. Self-care is loving yourself and accepting yourself as you are. Taking take of yourself also means that you are taking care of your mental health.
What do you have in your self-care toolkit? Do you do self-care routines every day? Let me know in the comments below…