My Wellness Self-Care Box

One of my intentions for 2017 was to make more time for self-care and I think I did pretty good about it. I even wrote a whole post on why self-care is a MUST because we all live a very fast-paced life, which is why slowing down and carving that 'me time' is essential. Self-care looks very different for everyone because what brings me joy and sense of relaxation may or may not be the same for you. Also, I find that my self-care needs are constantly changing, like daily. Some days I want my lone-time while other days, I need to meet a friend or simply put on some fuzzy socks and drink tea while playing with Bailey. My idea of self-care revolves a lot around wellness, reminding myself to pause, reflect, disconnect, and do things that makes me truly unwind. Since the idea of self-care is so diverse, I wanted to share what goes into my wellness self-care box and why I picked what I picked. Hopefully in comments you guys will share what's in your self-care box or your idea of self-care.

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My wellness self - care box has everything I need to keep me calm and happy especially when I need that downtime. It's a little mix of relaxation, eats, body care, and reading.

Let's start with body care because that's something I love, love, love doing on a weekly basis. Bath bomb and taking long bath are trending lately, but it's just not my thing. I do it 3-4 times a year maybe, but I am more into self-massage known as Abhiyanga (aka ayurvedic massage), face-masks, & hair-oil massage.

  • For self-massage, I like to mix warm coconut oil with lavender essential oil and generally apply it everywhere for about 15 minutes before taking shower. I have been using organic coconut oil & 100% pure lavender essential oil  a from Aura Cacia; I got plenty of free samples at Sprouts Fest last year but Aura Cacia is a very reputable company who has been in the business for a long time. Highly recommend checking them out if you are new to the world of essential oil. 
  • I do mostly homemade, edible face masks (which I will need to share with you guys soon) but recently I got to try Pacifica Hot Vegan - Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask and loved it. When it comes to skin care, I have been trying to use less products and being little bit more selective with ingredients when I can. 
  • I usually stick with coconut oil for my hair also but I am open to other suggestions. My scalp lately have been very dry and flaky. 

It may not sound like much but finding that time to do 1 or all of the above practices really resets my energy and I feel great inside out. 

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You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.
— Unknown

The daily ritual of drinking tea and/or chocolate is probably my go-to 'self-care because it requires very minimal effort and it's always there. I am not sensitive to caffeine whatsoever so I treasure my cup (or three sometimes) of tea and sit absolutely still. I am not saying it happens every night but I make conscious effort to stop everything else and enjoy my tea time. 

  • Some of my favorite tea includes : Restore Simply, especially their golden milk blend,  Good Earth Tea, and random herbal teas I have from Nepal. 
  • Chocolate : Need I say more? I think every self-care box should have a chocolate you love - dark, milk, white, mix of everything. Even though dark chocolate is considered 'healthy'  because of antioxidants (flavanols) and comparatively less sugar content but if you are not a fan of dark chocolate, don't stress too much. It's your wellness self-care box, free to put whatever your heart desires. I like dark chocolate and currently I am working through my stash of maca chocolate from Vega. 

Reading + journaling something I strive to practice more of, but it's a work in progress. I prefer reading to watching tv but it just doesn't happen as much as I would like. In my wellness self-care box, I have  fun, light read, nothing too heavy like The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.  

Other essentials in my wellness self-care box includes Navitas cacao lip balm, fuzzy socks & candle (currently lighting : Clementine Honey Apothecary Jar Candle from World Market) . I have a tendency to do too-much sometimes, which leaves me mentally and emotionally drained so having that moment of stillness with candle lit and putting on my favorite owl or elephant print fuzzy socks does wonders to my soul. If you haven't tried it, you totally should. 

I hope my wellness self-care box gives you some inspiration to create yours and it doesn't have to be wellness focused. I am drawn to things that helps my wellbeing but you can do what suits you and your needs. Also, sometimes media portrays self-care as luxury or pricey making it inaccessible to those who are not financially sound but I completely disagree with that.

Instead of falling into comparison trap, feeling insecure or guilty, create your self-care box with things that are within your means and slowly add things to your self-care box that brings you joy. 

Also, I want to quickly remind everyone that self-care look completely different based on circumstances, day, stage of life etc. Working deliberately towards paying debt is an act of self-care towards financial free (which means less stress) and so is taking that afternoon nap when your body is telling you to. There is no set checklist on what self-care entails so I encourage you to really focus on your situation and ask...what is that you need for your emotional and mental well-being that doesn't feel forced? What steps can you take to improve your well-being that are within your means? 

I can't wait to see what's in your self-care box. If you already have one for yourself, how about building a self-care box for your loved ones who needs a little R & R and few things to make them feel special. 

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
— Anne Lamott

**This is not a sponsored post. I did receive some free samples from Sprouts but I purchase and use everything in my wellness self-care box for my emotional and mental well-being routinely. .