Here is a peek into my self-care toolkit! These are the things that have helped me the most in the past year. I hope you find it helpful!
Journals have always been an essential part of my self-care routine. Writing helps me to gather my thoughts and work through stress. I have a whole box full of journals written to the brim with wishes, dreams, and prayers. I guess my sister-in-law knew that pretty well because she gave me this journal for my birthday last year, and I absolutely love it. On the cover is written, “Chic Happens”, and it is my favorite color! The pages have a wonderful smooth feel.
I actually wrote an entire post about this book! This has been one of the most healing books in my life. It was actually given to me as a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law. Are you seeing a trend here? Yeah, my in-laws are pretty amazing! I have loved Ann Voskamp’s writing ever since I read her book that my mother gave me, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Ann Voskamp has an amazing way of drawing me to Christ through her own experiences.
Drinking tea has always been a calming experience for me because it makes me pause to rest. Usually I drink tea with friends, so I associate with the comfort of good conversations with deep laughs. I know that I have talked about this Stress Less tea before, but I really just can’t get over it. This tea is so calming as a result of its natural ingredients, and I find I don’t even need sugar because of the cinnamon in it.
My husband bought this alarm for us. It helps you wake-up just as if you were waking up naturally because it simulates the light of the sunrise. You can even have it make sounds like the birds you hear chirping in the morning. This alarm is like waking up to a warm hug instead of a swift kick in the head like my regular alarm clock. It helped me with my terrible flares in the morning because it helped gently pull me out of whatever stage of sleep I was in without trauma to my body. Waking up was so much easier. My pain was so much less.
Staying hydrated is an essential part of self-care. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time getting myself to drink water. That is where this water bottle came to my rescue. I really love this water bottle. It doesn’t leak which is actually really hard to find. I actually dropped in on the Marta, and it rolled all the way down the car. It still didn’t leak.
A form of self-care that is very important for me is making sure I feel comfortable. Fibromyalgia makes me terribly sensitive to anything that touches my skin, so I make sure to find the most comfortable clothes possible. My husband and I found this amazing line of exercise clothes called CALIA by Carrie Underwood. The shirts are made of a durable yet very soft fabric. They come in long sleeves too. The line also has leggings, but I don’t find them to be the most comfortable even though I do wear them occasionally.
Pants have always been a difficulty for me with Fibromyalgia. I am terribly sensitive in my gut area, but these leggings are soft on my stomach as well as slimming. I know that they are expensive, but they are the most fabulous thing I have ever worn! When the lady at the Lululemon store said that they would feel like I was wearing nothing, I didn’t believe her. The magical moment happened when I put on these leggings. It is called the “Naked Sensation”, and they aren’t kidding because I had to look down to make sure that I was wearing something! I could not believe that I was wearing anything that touched my stomach and didn’t hurt!
I hope that you find these things as useful as I did! May you grow in your self-care journey. Please let me know of any products that you have found that help you with your self-care. What do you find works?