What To Include in an Out-of-the-Box Self-Care Kit

We’re familiar with the traditional ways to partake in self-care. Typically, these are viewed as massages, a day off work, or a relaxing bubble bath. While these are wonderful ways to give yourself TLC, there are other ways to treat both your body and mind each day.

Self-care is all about caring for your overall wellness. If you ask us, taking the time to do that every day is extremely important! Even the things that seem small can make a big impact. Creating a simple, yet out-of-the-box self-care kit has never been easier. Check out these five things to include in caring for yourself daily.

A Comfortable Pair of Shoes

A comfortable pair of shoes is not something to be overlooked! Proper support plays a large role in our posture and even affects our joints’ feelings. Investing in a pair of shoes that offer optimal support for your foot can prevent pain and discomfort while walking or participating in other physical activities.

Slather on the SPF

Take care of your skin and protect it from harmful rays, especially when you’re spending time in the sun. Regular application of sunscreen will help prevent burns and signs of aging while you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities like gardening or strolling through the neighborhood.

Munch on Healthy and Yummy Snacks

Fueling your body is imperative when caring for yourself. The food we choose nourishes our bodies and gives us the energy to tackle the day. Choosing the right foods will also offer you added health benefits. For example, adding in healthy fats like avocado and protein from eggs can help with inflammation and weight control. Try one (or more!) of Dr. Dean’s healthy breakfast ideas and don’t forget to treat your sweet tooth as well!

A Thick Yoga Mat

Slowing the body down and moving with intention is a wonderful way to care for your body and mind. Partake in mindful activities like meditation and yoga with a comfortable mat. A thicker mat with more cushion can add additional comfort to your joints. This will make your practice more comfortable and you can focus on breathwork and clearing the mind instead of an uncomfortable mat!

A Good Night’s Sleep

This may be one of the most important ways to practice self-care. Getting the proper amount of quality sleep can make all the difference in your health and mood. Set yourself up for success by taking part in a nighttime routine to unwind. Whatever brings you comfort and melts away the day, do that! This could be a warm shower, reading before bed, or even some light yoga stretching.

As you can see, self-care doesn’t have to take up too much of your time or be complicated. Taking the time to do things with intention or investing in items to make your life a bit easier (and more comfortable!) can make a world of difference. You’re bound to feel the impact of taking care of both your body and mind with your out-of-the-box self-care kit!

Your Summer Bucket List

Sweet summertime has arrived and it’s the perfect time to explore something new and check off your summer bucket list! The beautiful thing about bucket lists is that they can feature whatever you want, so if skydiving didn’t make the cut, there is no need to fret. Your bucket list can be comprised of the things you want to do and accomplish. There isn’t a goal that is too small.

If you’re stuck on what you may want to achieve this summer, we have some ideas to keep your body and mind sharp.

Step Outside Your Genre

There is something about summertime that sparks summer reading. While we all have our go-to stories and genres, why not step outside your comfort zone this summer? Pick up an unexpected book that piques your interest. Better yet, join a book club! You’ll be exposed to new stories and be able to socialize.

Pick Up an Outdoor Hobby

The great outdoors isn’t something to be missed, especially during the summer months! Trying your hand at a new hobby that gets your outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy the season.  Put your green thumb to use by working (or starting!) a garden or maybe visiting the local pool for an open swim!

Plan a Summer’s Day Out

During the warmer seasons, take advantage of the quintessential summer to-dos. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the beach for a day of relaxation, sun, and fun! Whether you’re spending the day with family or friends, you’re sure to make a wonderful memory!

Put Your Mind to the Test!

A day indoors can be just as fun in the summer. Keep cool and dry during those hot and humid days by tackling a puzzle. Whether it’s a jigsaw puzzle, word cross, or Sudoku, a little challenge mentally can be a fun change of pace. Plus, it’s fun to see your progress and finally, the accomplishment! 

So, what will you add to your summer bucket list? Better yet, what are you checking off?