How to Create A Self Care Box
Self care has become all the rage over the last couple of years. There is a good reason why. Work, family obligations, kids, significant others, friends, community obligations, are all things that take up our time. Then we are left with little time for ourselves. So quick little 5-30 mins activities are needed for us to wind down. Maybe it's a bubble bath, or meditation, or just reading a book before bed.
While it's okay for most people to not practice self care everyday because they can't find the time, for someone who is dealing with depression or anxiety it is almost imperative to practice self care. Welcome to the Self Care box.
What is it?
A Self Care box is a box that is filled with our favourite things. The things that comfort us the most in our times of need. Some pieces can be our "security blanket" while others are things that help us to focus on something else other than our pain. Try having things that you don't handle every day. That way these pieces are truly special and well help you in your time of need.
You want to focus on all your 5 senses when choosing your items, not just a couple of them. I have one of my own which I keep in the office at my home. It's accessible, but not in plain sight, so I don't need to think about it all the time. I use it when it is necessary.
Why do I use mine?
When I was a teenager I internalized a lot of anger and I needed to get it out. It's not something I am proud of, but I did self harm. Thankfully I was able to see a guidance counsellor who introduced me to self care boxes. She told me to leave one in my locker, at home and have a mini one in my purse. Anytime I was feeling like I was spinning out of control, or was angry I would pull out the box and do one of the activities. It really helped!
Here is my self care box. This has changed over the years, and now I only have one that I keep. I have included things like:
My favourite movie- The Little Mermaid (duh)
Music- The Nutcracker (classical to soothe me) and The Muppets (to amp me up)
Colouring book and pencil crayons
Some crystals to make me feel good
Pictures of friends and family
a suduko book- I love Suduko!
Mementos- I have my favourite raving hat in here
Beads so I can make jewellery without having too think too much
Here are some other ideas to put in your box:
A little puzzle
Nail polish or other beauty products
Chocolate or candy
Favourite book or poetry
Notepad and pen so you can right down what your feeling
Noise Cancelling Headphones- Sometimes it is important to cancel out the extra noise.
Anything can go into your Self Care box. This is yours and yours alone. You don't have to show anyone because this is what makes you feel better. So let yourself get as creative as you want. You deserve it.
How should it look?
This is completely up to you! You should decorate it the way you want it to be done. Take pride in it because there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to taking care of your mental health. And for the love of all that is holy- don't compare it to others you see on Pinterest or Instagram. This is yours! Your heart and soul should go into it!
Do you have a Self Care Box? Have you heard about them? What do you think of them? Let us know in the comment section below!
Peace, love and creativity