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The Ultimate Guide to Self Care

Self-care is inarguably one of the most important practices anyone can take part in and will mean something different to everyone. This guide will provide general advice on how to take care of yourself when you’re down, stressed or simply in need of some self-love.

Create a Self Care Box

My personal favorite item to have in my self-care toolbox is a box full of all my favorite things. When times get hard or I simply need to relax, I pull out the box and have some much-needed me time. Your self-care box can consist of anything special to you, but here are a few suggestions:

Decorate your box

Having something pleasant to look at will boost your mood or at the very least give you a smile. Cover your box with fun photos, a drawing, or positive quotes.

Keep positive, encouraging notes from a friend or yourself.

Try including past birthday cards, or even printed screenshots of text messages from best friends.

Have something to taste, smell, and squeeze to involve all your senses.

Add your favorite tea, candy, or other yummy items to the box so you have it to look forward to. Also, try out essential oils such as calming lavender or sweet bergamot. Keep a stress ball or stuffed animal around as well.

Keep Self-care Apps on Your Phone

There are tons of great apps for practicing self-care. For those who need help keeping mellow, give Calm and Stop, Breathe & Think a try, as both apps provide soothing, guided meditation.

Looking to make steady improvements to your wellbeing? Superbetter and Habitica are great apps for that, which create game-like scenarios for self-improvement.

Don’t Forget That Self Care Means Every Aspect

If you’re ever feeling down or unwell and can’t put a finger on why you’re feeling this way, go through this checklist:

Have I eaten in the past 3 hours?

If not, grab a quick snack or sit down for a nutritious meal. Use this opportunity to also check if you’re hydrated.

Have I exercised recently?

Try going for a walk or bike ride. If outside isn’t an option, try out yoga or pilates.

Am I feeling lonely?

If so, take the time to reach out to a friend or relative, even if it’s just to say hi!

Have I taken time for me?

If not, schedule a space for you and you alone.

Self-care isn’t just a luxury, it’s necessary to help you be the best person you can be. Taking care of yourself will help your ability to take care of others. Now, go out there and practice good self-care!

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Ciarra is a senior fashion student with a penchant for style and technology. She can never say no to a cup of tea and a good book. In her spare time, she enjoys cupcakes, writing, and 3D printing. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @lefthvnded
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