How Do You Take Care of Yourself?

How do you take care of yourself? Here is a list of ways to practice the subtle art of self-care.

1.A comfort box is a great simple idea that you can try at home. A comfort box is a box which you can fill with things that relax you or calm you. Bags and backpacks can also make great portable alternatives to an actual box.

Here are some possible things a comfort box or bag could include:

  • Your favourite chocolate or candy
  • Your favourite Books or poems
  • Colouring kits or drawing materials
  • A journal
  • Play Dough
  • A soft blanket
  • Non-triggering films or TV series
  • Comfort food recipes
  • Playlists of soothing music
  • Bath or shower items (bath bombs etc)
  • Scented candles
  • Bubble wand
  • Body lotions
  • Pictures of loved ones and/or pets
  • Herbal tea
  • Stress ball
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Relaxation or meditation exercises or audios
  • Old birthday cards
  • Friendship bracelets or recovery bracelets
  • glitter jars
  • encouraging notes/letters
  • essential oils
  • List of reasons to stay alive
  • List of things you like about yourself
  • Stickers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Crayons and a colouring book/printed colouring pages
  • Letters from loved ones

What would be in your comfort box?

  1. Taking time out of your day just for yourself. Whether it’s going on a 30-minute walk and taking pictures of what you see (i.e. garden, nature, scenery) set time limit dedicated to just you and your peace.
  2. Stargaze
  3. Treat yourself to your favourite meal
  4. Put on your diffuser. Lavender is a naturally relaxing scent
  5. Listen to songs you haven’t listened to in years
  6. Organizing your drawers, cupboards
  7. Puzzles
  8. New recipe
  9. Draw, paint, make art
  10. Start a new hobby
  11. Make a list of 25 of your best qualities.
  12. Make a list of what you’re grateful for
  13. Dumping your brain out. Everything you think/feel dump it all out. Whether that’s writing or typing it out on a computer, just purge everything out
  14. Go on a jog, exercise. You don’t need to run or even be good at it to reap these benefits. Just get your body flowing. Yoga, playing with your dog, lifting weights, walk around your block — extra points if it ends up at an ice cream shop.

Confession of an Extroverted Introvert

From an outward perspective, one would say I am an extrovert. I guess when I look at it, yeah I’d say I am. Especially on good day when I’m feeling extra happy and have not a care in the world, I can be very outgoing. Although, deep down I still harbor my introvert roots. Growing up, I was quiet. Not the typical type of quiet where I barely said a word. No, I had many friends, but only opened up to people once I got to know them. There were many factors to why I was this way. Partly due to family, moving to a new school, etc., but I somewhat think maybe it was my nature.

As I grew up, I started to open up more. By the time high school came, I wasn’t so shy. Eventually, as I got older and joined various clubs and teams, I became much more extroverted. Being able to talk to people and not feel afraid or shy really did make my life happier. I learned so many new things due to not being afraid of taking chances. I started landing jobs that force me to talk to hundreds of people each day, which really broke me out of my shell.

By the time I started first year of university, I was still on that extrovert high from high school. Although looking back at first year, I still had some traces of introversion. However, I made a lot of friends simply by putting myself out there. This past year has probably been my most outgoing year in my entire life. I got involved in organizations, got a job that I had no previous background in and made dozens of new friends. Me writing on this blog right now is only possible due to my willingness to take risks and not be afraid to try new things.

Despite having those rare moment of shyness, being an extrovert has made me a much happier person. Now, all I want to do is make others happy. We never know what is going on in someone else’s life. Some days I wish I had a fun, outgoing person to make me smile when I was feeling down. If just asking a stranger how their day is going or complimenting someone’s shoes can make their day a little better, then I am happy to be the one to do that.