When it comes to self care, many busy women name time and money as the biggest barriers to a regular self care routine. These barriers keep women from practicing self care regularly. A self care routine is a vital part of being the best you that you can be. So, let’s talk about some self care box ideas that will make it easier for you to practice self care on a regular basis.
The best part about these self care box ideas is that they are easy on the wallet! I’m going to share some ideas that will work for a variety of budgets.
What is a self care box?
Have you heard of a self care box? If not, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. A self care box is simply a box where you keep items you need to practice self care. It helps to take the guesswork out of self care.
A self care box is a convenient way to get started with self care. It’s a tool kit that houses the things that you need for your physical, mental, and spiritual care. The grab-and-go concept of a self care box makes it a must-have for busy women looking to incorporate more self care into their daily lives.
How do you make a self care box?
Don’t overcomplicate making your self care box. The nice thing about making a self care box is that you can’t do it wrong. It’s yours. Make it work for you. The main objective is to have all of your self care items in one place so that they’re at your fingertips whenever you need them.
Making a self care box can be as easy as 1-2-3!
- Pick out the box that you want to use for your self care box.
- Gather the items that you want to include in your box.
- Put them in the box!
Self care box ideas
What exactly do you need to put in your self care box? That’s completely up to you. You can put whatever items you want in your box so that you can customize your self care experience. You can put as many or as few items as you want in your self care box, but the items must be items that truly help you relax and bring you ultimate self care.
Here are some ideas of items that you can include in your self care box. Choose your favorite items and start filling up your box!
Face masks are a great way to relax and take care of yourself at the same time. Make sure to choose face masks that have high-quality ingredients that will help improve your skin.
My favorite face mask is SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque.I always check with my dermatologist, Dr. Corey Hartman, before adding products to my regimen.
I’ve also used New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask.
Essential oils can be used in so many ways. They can be inhaled, used topically, or mixed into other products. Healthline.com lists several different ways to use essential oils on their website. You want to make sure that you choose high-quality essential oils in order to get the most benefits from them. Make sure to get guidance on using essential oils correctly, especially if you are going to ingest them.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Gift cards for your self-care box? Why not? Including gift cards in your self-care box is a great way to make room for self-care.
You can add a spa gift card, a gift card to your favorite coffee shop, a trip to the movie theater, or a visit to your favorite health store.
Gift cards are also a great addition to a self-care gift basket if you’re looking for an idea for a great gift.
Adult Coloring Book
Coloring is a fun way to take a break from the stress of daily life. Find your favorite adult coloring book to add to your self care box. Don’t forget to get crayons and colored pencils, too. You don’t want to waste time looking for these items when you get a window for a break. Keeping everything that you need in your box gives you more time for self care.
Stress balls are a great addition to your self care box. Squeezing (or throwing) a stress ball helps release some stress. Studies show that stress balls have several health benefits. Check out this article by Brownhill Surgery that shares the many health benefits of stress balls.
Relaxing in a bubble bath is ultimate self care. Add your favorite bubble bath to you self-care box so that you’re ready whenever you find an extra window of time for a long, hot bath.
Hydration is important for overall health and wellness. Of course, water is the best way to hydrate your body. Keep a water bottle in your self care box so that you can hydrate as a part of your self care time.
If water isn’t your cup of tea, there are other things you can drink to stay hydrated. Make sure to limit those drinks that have added sugars and other unhealthy ingredients.
Reading is a great form of self care. Add your favorite book to your self care box so that you can indulge in a few pages when you have some down time.
Fuzzy socks are comfortable and cozy. There are so many fun fuzzy socks available. Find a pair or two that help you get in relaxation mode and add them to your self care box.
White Noise Machine
Getting a quality night’s sleep is excellent self care. White noise machines help mask environmental noises, which may help you get better sleep. If taking a nap or simply lying down for some relaxation is a part of your self care time, grab a white noise machine.
Especially during the winter months, we need to pay extra attention to keeping our hands moisturized. Hand cream is a grea addition to your self care box.
Hot tea can be good for ridding your body of toxins and can also be good for curbing stress and anxiety. There are so many varieties of tea. Find your favorite ones and add them to your self care box.
Body butters are good for adding a protective barrier over your skin. Paying extra attention to your skin is perfect for your self care day. Remember to pay attention to the ingredients in your body butter so that you are providing as much nourishment to your skin as possible.
Lip scrubs help to exfoliate your lips, leaving them soft and smooth. Do your research and make sure not to use lip scrubs too often so that you don’t damage the skin on your lips.
Do you have time to take a nap during your self care time? If so, you’ll want to have your sleep mask handy so that you can make the most of your rest period. A sleep mask is perfect for your self care box.
Is it just me or is it more fun to drink hot teas and coffee from fun mugs? Find a great new mug to add to your self care box! There are so many mugs that have great self care and mental health messages. The messages serve as excellent remidners at precisely the right moment.
Journaling is one of my favorite self care activities because it allows you to write feely about whatever is on your mind. Journaling can be calming and can help you sort through your thoughts. There are several other benefits of keeping a journal so grab your favorite one and toss it in your self care box.
Fun pens are a great addition to your self care box. I love Papermate Flair pens for journaling. Of course, you can grab whatever pens you prefer. Just make sure you have some available so that you don’t have to go searching for one when you sit down to journal.
Burning candles adds a pleasant fragrance to your self care area and can have other calming effects.
Fidget spinners are not just for kids. Many adults find them calming as well. Add one or two to your self care box and try them out to see if they help decrease your anxiety.
Don’t let dry skin put a damper on your self care time. Put a bottle of your favorite lotion in your self care box so that you can moisturize your skin before you enjoy some quiet alone time for self care.
Printable Self Care Planner
Self-care planners help you stay organized as you plan and execute your self care routine. These planners come in various formats to help you customize your self care plan according to your needs. There are several printable options available.
Here is a printable self care planner that you can download right now!
Sometimes, self care time is a bit emotional. You may find yourself in deep thought or you may get overwhelmed just thinking about all that you have to do or maybe even all that you’ve overcome. Keep some tissues in your self care box just in case a good cry happens to find its way into your self care time.
A cozy blanket brings on the warm and fuzzy feelings. If your family is like mine, you’re very territorial about your blankets. Grab your favorite blanket and tuck it away in your self care box so that it’s readily available the next time you have a self care day.
Beauty products are a great addition to a self care box. You can include your favorite skincare products or even your favorite nail polish colors.
Pre-made Self-Care Box Ideas
If you don’t want to make your own self care box. There are several pre-made boxes available for purchase.
TheraBox offers a monthly subscription for self-care boxes filled with full size wellness products that inspire more self-love.
Dollar Tree offers many self-care items at an affordable price!
I hope these self care box ideas will help you get started with creating your own self care box or creating the perfect self care box for someone in need. Self care is such an important part of overall health and wellness and is a proactive way to prioritizing your physical and mental health.
If you create a self care box, I’d love to see it! Find me on Facebook or Instagram and tag me in your self care box pictures!