DIY Self-Care Kit: What to Put Inside

DIY Self-Care Kit: What to Put Inside

What should you put in your DIY Self-Care Kit? That’s entirely up to you. But here are a few ideas to get you thinking.

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DIY Self-Care Kit: Why We Need One

DIY Self-Care Kit: Why We Need One

Self-care is so much more important than we realize, and that couldn’t be more true for survivors of narcissistic abuse. Today, I’m going to help you build your very own DIY self-care kit. But first, let’s discuss why we need a self-care kit at all. Is self-care REALLY that big of a deal? I say yes. Let’s talk about it.

Self-Care, Confidence and How They’re Connected

Confidence is an inside game. True confidence comes from a sincere acceptance and love for yourself that isn’t influenced by outside forces. From the inside out, you love and appreciate who and what you are as it ever-evolves into something better. Loving yourself in this way creates space for nurturing when you aren’t feeling your best because no one knows better than you what you need.

Even the most confident people have bad days. From physical aches and pains to emotional stress, confidence doesn’t excuse you from life’s little setbacks. Confidence does, however, make taking care of yourself a bit easier. This is where self-care comes in.

Self-care is the art of nurturing and participating in activities that promote wellness, restoration, and balance. Self-care includes, but isn’t limited to, beauty, hygiene, personal interests, artistic outlets, mental health, physical health, and much more. Self-care is recognizing and responding to what your mind and body needs to be its best at any given time.

Confidence comes from knowing yourself and what you want. Confident people are fully aware of what they need to feel refreshed and better about themselves. They also understand the value of self-care and don’t feel guilty about caring for themselves, whether that means taking time alone or spending income on a massage. Their worthiness isn’t tied to the costs for self-care… their health is.

There are different sorts of self-care depending on the need. Let’s take a look!

  • Physical – Physical self-care includes activities such as healthy eating, exercise, and hygienic care. Taking care of yourself may include shopping at a farmer’s market or eating organic. It might look like using high-grade essential oils or buying a titanium bike for your riding hobby. Physically caring for yourself may include monthly spa days or bi-weekly pedicures. Whatever the vehicle for pouring into yourself, it is worth it and it is vital.
  • Emotional – Emotional self-care includes activities that restore your mental and physical health and give you back the clarity that is lost when overwhelm and anxiety creep in. From taking in a movie or date-night with your spouse, emotional self-care is as important as any other form of care.
  • Spiritual – Spiritual self-care is the nurturing of your spirit and soul. Depending on your beliefs or your focus, this may include a religious practice, but it also includes the arts, travel, and expanding your social conscience and awareness.
  • Space – Your space has a HUGE effect on your state of mind, which in turn has a huge effect on your health. It’s all connected! That’s why we must include our space (as in where we live, where we work, where we spend our time) in self-care. Check out this free 30-Day Home Makeover at LMA.

Confidence comes from within and it is from within we are restored. Confident people place a high premium on self-care and make it an integrated part of their lives. Use self-care to feel better about yourself and to model to others the benefits of caring for yourself so you can better care for those who depend on you.

So, what do we put in our DIY self-care kit anyway? Start here. 

12 Self-Care Books Every Survivor Should Read

12 Self-Care Books Every Survivor Should Read

Every survivor of narcissistic abuse goes through a healing process that can be long and painful. Taking care of yourself in the process is one highly effective and incredibly important way to start really changing your life for the better. Here’s a list of 12 self-care books every survivor of narcissistic abuse should read. See how to create a DIY self-care kit and why you should bother.

Enhance Energies with a Cleanse

Enhance Energies with a Cleanse

Most survivors appreciate the relaxation that comes with a hot bath. However, you may not be getting as much out of soaking in a hot tub as you could be.

Rather than just getting clean and relaxing your muscles, why not do a mental and emotional cleanse at the same time while also enhancing other energies?

Learn how to cleanse the body and mind while boosting energy and sex drive below.

 Basic Cleanse

A basic cleanse requires only sage and salt.

  • Sprinkle sea salt in your bathtub.
  • Light a sage wand or sprinkle some sage on a tea light candle and place it in the bathroom.
  • Combining these two things helps clear your negative energies as you wash them away from head to toe.
  • If you are experiencing a traumatic time, now is the perfect time to let those tears flow.
  • Have a good cry, wash the negativity away, and let it go down the drain with the bath water.

Cleanse to Boost General Energy

Sometimes the surrounding negativity can cause you to feel drained. In truth, the very elements and people who make you feel drained do so because they are taking some of your positive energy.

You can boost yourself by removing their negative effects through the basic cleanse and enhancing your own energy levels simultaneously with the help of some aromatherapy.

Recommended Aromatherapy Scents for Cleansing Baths

Below are some scents you can add to your bath water or bathroom to help regain your lost energy.

You might add these to your bath water, put a few drops of oil in potpourri, use potpourri alone, or any number of combinations. You might even simply use a lotion with these scents after your bath.

Cleanse to Boost Sexual Energy

If you feel a little less…lusty… for your partner than usual, a cleanse will help get you back to your foundation, assuming your partner isn’t a narcissist – in which case you have a whole other issue.

However, aromatherapy can go a long way toward increasing your sex drive in particular.

  • Add some essential oils to your cleansing bath, in the bathroom, or in the lotions you put on after a bath.
  • You can also use them in the bedroom, sprinkled on the bed, in a cotton ball next to the bed, or even a few drops on the pillow.

Recommended Essential Oils for Increasing Sex Drive and Sexuality

Below are some of the scents that promote an increased sex drive and sexuality in general.

As you can see, a couple of scents provide more than one type of energy boost. They also have other healing qualities outside of energy levels. These are the scents you should always have on hand if you want to let nature help you live a satisfying lifestyle in general.

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