Wellbeing & Recovery

What’s in My Self-Care Box

my self-care box

I’ve seen other bloggers talk about having a self-care box (also referred to as a coping box or various other names), and I decided I want to give it a go myself.  I decided to make it small and easily portable, because it’s when I’m away from home that I feel the most lost in episodes of crisis.  My hope is that this little box of goodies will make it a little easier.

Here’s what I decided to include in my box:

  • The box itself: It’s cute, red, and heart-shaped
  • Cozy socks:  I tend to have cold feet, so I love the feel of warm, soft, fuzzy socks
  • Avocado and clay face mask: This won’t always be useful when out and about, but could be nice on those occasions when I hide out in a bathroom to cry.
  • Mini jigsaw puzzle:  The puzzle itself can be a nice distraction, but the best part is the pieces are made from cedar wood, so it smells amazing.
  • Quatchi: This little guy was one of the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Quatchi is soft and cute, and I have good memories associated with that time.
  • Strawberry lip balm: This smells and feels nice.
  • Photos:  Several photos of positive things, including some guinea pigs and childhood pics.

Do you have a self-care box?  If so, what do you have in it?

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25 thoughts on “What’s in My Self-Care Box”

  1. I don’t have a self-care box, but I need to make one and put it in my office at work and make another one to put under my bed at home. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I used to have something similar. Though I don’t remember everything in it, I do recall fuzzy socks and a coloring book. That’s a great idea. I should make a new one. That puzzle must smell divine!

  3. I used to have a ‘distraction box’ for when I was suicidal, with books, comics, music and DVDs, plus print outs of positive emails and blog comments from friends. I haven’t got room for it in my tiny flat, but I’ve blue tacked the positive comments to my wardrobe doors, so I guess my flat is my distraction box now.

  4. I don’t have a self-care box, but maybe I should do one for extreme days when I can’t get out of bed. Mostly, I have a self-care day. Maybe a Sunday or day off from work where I do a few activities that help me reset and take care of me. But this idea is great for a day when I don’t have a lot of time for me. Thanks!

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