Having a self-care kit, which is like your own little arsenal of go-to tools for self-care, has really helped me to easily integrate self-care into my life.
In this article I'm going to share my favorite items that I keep in my diy self-care kit. A self-care toolkit is simply a collection of tools that help ground, recharge and inspire you.
- What is a self-care kit?
- What should I put in a self-care kit?
What is a self-care kit?
A self-care kit is essentially a collection of established items and tools that help to soothe you. They might not all fit into an actual physical kit or basket, but they are familiar, everyday go-to's that help to make self-care consistent.
For me it depends on the time of day (morning versus evening) and what kind of mood I'm in. If I'm feeling really good, the things I pull out of my self-care kit are going to be different than if I'm feeling frustrated, burnt out, or some other low-vibe energy.
What should I put in a self-care kit?
The easiest way to know what to put in your kit is to ask yourself "what really helps to bring me back in balance?" For some people it's keeping a journal on hand, for another it's a certain book or some kind of aromatherapy.
Start there, and as you get better and better at noticing what soothes you, you'll begin to build your own diy self-care kit that's tailored to YOUR soul.
Here's everything I keep in my personal self-care kit.
No matter what time of day or mood I'm in, one thing that's super relaxing and calming to me is scent. I love anything from incense to lightly scented candles. This incense brand and particular scent is my absolute favorite because it's so subtle and doesn't bother anyone in the house.
It's all called aromatherapy for a reason. Scents can de-stress us and make our spaces feel more relaxed. It's such a small thing that makes a big difference.
Anytime is a good time for a space that smells cozy or relaxed. It instantly transforms the feel of a space.
2. Clothes that make me feel good
Some people might not realize how this could relate to self-care, but wearing clothes that feel good on the body and that also make you feel good are so important!
For a long time, I didn't spend much thought on pajamas or "house clothes" because no one saw me in them. When I had a baby, I was wearing worn out yoga pants and old tops because they were just going to be spit up on anyway and no one saw us all day, but I didn't realize how bad it was making me feel.
I love having a simple wardrobe of my favorite types of clothes, but speaking specifically about what's in my self-care kit, I definitely consider pretty, soft "at home" clothes a must-have.
They make me feel good physically and they enhance my mood more than I ever realized was possible.
Instead of going crazy with a whole wardrobe overall, I'm simply pick up an item here and there when I'm at the store. Before you know it, you have a lot of cute options to choose from.
So simple but such a mood-changer.
3. My morning self-care trio
My current morning self-care routine consists of these three items.
I wake up, start the coffee, light some incense and then sit down with a self-care morning worksheet, a journal, and the Simple Abundance daybook.
I have two sons, 4 and 6, whom I homeschool, so this isn't all peaceful and quiet by any means, but while they're occupied with something else I take time for self-care.
Self-care worksheets have really transformed my level of self-care because they are quick to fill out but so powerful.
What I love most about them is that they are easy to incorporate into a routine even when you don't have a lot of time, and they hit on all points to help ground and inspire you before the day starts.
If you'd like one, just browse through any bundle in my shop, pick the topic you're most interested in, and included in the bundle will be a morning worksheet. There's one for moms, entrepreneurs, moon self-care, law of attraction based, and a beautiful one that's spiritual in nature but found in the chakra bundle.
The one pictured above is from the moon self-care bundle.
Journaling is a way to release your worries and racing thoughts. It's also a way to cement your goals and desires because when something is written down, the subconscious mind seems to really pick it up.
Journaling is so powerful that it's used as a form of divination. Again, I really believe there's something about the written word that allows the deep parts of your mind to surface and provide you with guidance.
I love this daily book because it's just a page of reading that's always inspiring and uplifting. It's a really great way to start your day with some higher perspective.
4. My passion
My passion; hobby, creative outlet, purpose, calling, mine...the thing that lights me up.
We all have it, even if we haven't really given it much thought to know what it is...but it's there.
I consider this blog a form of self-care for me because it allows me to express myself and to be creative.
I know it will be continually evolving as I evolve and grow, but it's the place where I can come to write, share and have something that's just mine, separate from my other roles in life.
Self-care is taking care of yourself. It's allowing yourself to be authentic and following the bliss of your heart.
Doing things that light you up and get you excited should definitely be apart of your self-care toolkit.
5. Healing & Inspiring Books
This is my most current list of books!
I think that inside every self-care kit should be books that heal and inspire you. They can be such a phenomenal way to re-adjust your mindset and bring you out of fear or anxiety.
I love to highlight my favorite passages the first time I read a book and then go back over those passages at other times. Sometimes we don't have time to read, but we can scan over a few powerful passages from books we've already read.
This is an excellent way to remember the magic that you've found in previous books and parts of your life.
6. Self-Care/Mindset Worksheets
I mentioning self-care worksheets again because I use them so often. The reason I love worksheets so much is because they ground and re-balance me in such a short amount of time.
On days where I don't have much time for self-care, I will at the very least do my morning or nightly re-centering worksheet. They touch on everything important needed to help me reset and feel clear.
I've made so many worksheets that touch on a variety of topics, such as needing to hit the reset button or to simply breathe through anxiety. I generally print them out, double sided, and put them in a special section of my moon self-care binder so that they're easily accessible.
7. Inspirational notes + quotes
When I was first learning about the law of attraction and self-care a few years ago, my mind was blown. I took a lot of notes from books I was reading and podcasts I was listening to. I was in a really difficult place in my life so there was a bunch of fear and uncertainty that was present in my reality.
I've kept these papers for the last several years because every time I read them, they remind me of how powerful I am and how magical our universe is.
Take notes when you're reading a book you love or listening to a podcast where others are talking about inspiring, magical things, and then read over these notes anytime you're feeling scared, discouraged, or frustrated.
I don't read over these notes all the time, but like I said, when I'm feeling like life is happening to me, I re-read these notes before I go to sleep at night. I also keep these in the back of my moon self-care binder.
This kind of binder is amazing because it's portable and easy to keep anywhere around your house. Instant self-care!
8. Pinterest // Vision Board
One thing I do for a very easy pick-me-up before going to sleep some nights is going through a vision board I've created on Pinterest. I LOVE Pinterest for all of the beautiful, amazing quotes and images.
I create a board and fill it up with anything that I'm currently desiring, or with quotes and affirmations that powerfully speak to me.
Sometimes I'll scroll through new content and just pin it to my board and other nights I'll simply scroll through my vision board.
This is a great self-care tool for those nights when you're just too beat to be any kind of intentional.
When I was in that scary place a few years ago and was at rock-bottom, I would go through my quotes on Pinterest most nights to get me out of that bad feeling place.
So simple and yet so powerful.
9. Guided Meditations
I wrote an entire post about my favorite guided meditations. My favorite is the one above, the 6 Phase Guided Meditation. It touches on everything needed to manifest a beautiful, peaceful life. It's also free and on YouTube!
Meditation will seriously transform your life in so many ways. It has helped me to have more inner peace, more manifestations and a higher perspective. I try to listen to a guided meditation every night.
Most are under 20 minutes long so again, they don't take up much time.
10. A peaceful, sacred space
I wanted to quickly share that I believe creating a sacred space is part of my self-care kit. This goes along with #1 and how scent transforms a space; little-to-no clutter and soft lighting are really helpful for me.
I purchased a few sets of LED string lights off of Amazon and can't recommend them enough. I have them around my bed and lamp bases and they create the softest, most beautiful glow.
It's also good to keep your space decluttered and simplistic. Energy can move and flow better when there isn't clutter.
You feel like you can just breathe better, as well as do everything else better within that space.
Two other things I use daily to make my space more peaceful is a free app called Relax Melodies, which I use for nature sounds and the binaural beats to relax or fall asleep, and a relaxing playlist.
What do you keep in your self-care kit? I'd love to know in the comments below.
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Lots of love,
Jessica Dimas is the author of Sacred Self-Care for Your Chakras.