Do it For You. How to Create the Ultimate Self-Love Kit
As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to show some serious love to an important person in your life…YOU! Self-love is literally the gift that keeps on giving, and the more love you show yourself, the more you’ll be able to give to others. Self-love is also the key to being more relaxed, healthier in mind and body, and motivated to make each day incredible. Many people take self-love for granted, but it’s important to understand that practicing self-love isn’t selfish-it’s one of the best things you can do to help you look and feel your best.
What’s the big deal about self-love?
Self-love is more than just treating yourself to a pedicure every week. It’s a series of behaviors centered around being gentle with your mind and body. It’s our nature to be hard on ourselves, and self-love works by treating yourself well and not holding yourself to too high a standard. Psychology Today describes it as:
Self-compassion is a way of relating to yourself that does not involve harshly judging or punishing yourself for every mistake you make, or every time someone does better than you.
How can I make my own self-love kit?
A self-love kit is a series of products that can help you relax, unwind, and remember to treat yourself with kindness. Let’s take a look at the top five MUST HAVES for building your own self-love kit.
Journaling is a great way to help your thoughts flow and prevent a toxic mindset. Among other things, keeping a journal can help you improve your IQ, heal from traumas, and boost your self confidence. Journaling is also a ‘forced rest’ activity, which is great for relaxation and centering your mind. We love this purple Moleskine option from Amazon, but keep an eye out for contests on our social media pages! We love to give away our amazing Gratitude Journals.
Lavender is amazing for relaxation, and breathing it in before bed can help promote healthy sleep. If you’ve had a rough day, the scent of lavender can help ease anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Plus, you know, it’s purple! We are crazy about this lavender linen and room spray-just spritz it on your pillow to relax your mind and send you on your way to sweet dreams.
A jade roller
Stress can show on your face, and keeping too much tension in your muscles can lead to other issues like headaches and stiffness. Jade rollers are an amazing way to help relax your facial muscles and give you glowing skin to boot. Legend has it that jade also has the power to release negative thoughts, but it can definitely help you release the stress of the day. Using a jade roller can help drain your lymphatic system (the reason behind puffy eyes!), boost your circulation, and reduce inflammation. Pro-tip: keep your jade roller in the fridge for extra cooling power. We ADORE this jade roller from Herbivore.
White noise (aka that sound the TV makes when there’s snow on the screen) is a powerful tool when it comes to relaxation. When your mind is at rest, it’s easy to rewind through the day and find things to beat yourself up about. Rather than spending your relaxation time worrying about something you said or that bill you have to pay, listening to white noise can help block out harmful thoughts and allow your mind to rest. Research shows that white noise can help you sleep, boost concentration, and reduce stress and anxiety. There are tons of apps for white noise (we like TMSoft options), but white noise generators are also a great choice, and Amazon has a huge selection, like this Lectrofan version with white noise settings AND a sleep timer.
It may sound odd, but elderberry syrup is an INCREDIBLE immune booster that can help keep you from catching every cold and flu that comes down the line during the winter months. Elderberry is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that help keep your body working at full capacity, and it can help you from getting tired or run down when things are crazy. You can supplement your diet with just a spoonful of elderberry a day, and you’ll definitely see the difference. Fewer colds, more energy, and an overall better you. We’re in love with Nature’s Way Sambucus, but if you don’t particularly enjoy the flavor of the syrup, fear not! It comes in a tasty gummy, too.
In short, it’s great to love others, but to do so, you have to love yourself. Once you adopt regular, healthy habits of self-love, you’ll find that other areas of your life will start to improve, too.