Thursday, September 28, 2017

14 Things in my Radical Self-Care Tool Kit I Can't Live Without

I call it a toolkit because that’s how this started out.  I had a basket full of goodies that I’d pull out when I needed a little pick me up.  Most of these items are now just part of my daily routine and fixtures around our home.  Now every day is a Radical Self-Care Day!

Here’s my absolute must-haves on a daily basis to make myself feel cared for and cherished, to make our house feel like home, and yes, even the occasional pick me up for good measure.

  1. Journal and favorite pen - I journal every morning before I go to work.  Starts my day off right.
  2. Walking shoes - even when I’m not training for a 10K I like to get out there and get my miles in.
  3. Essential oils - I have two diffusers, one upstairs and one down, so I can have fresh good smelly stuff going on throughout the house.  Plus, a little lavender does a lot of good things - it has calming properties, helps ease feelings of tension, and it’s a natural deodorizer.
  4. Hand cream - I once saw a woman on Oprah who was in her 80s but looked to be 40, swear to goodness.  When Oprah asked what her secret was, the woman answered, “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.”  
  5. Lip gloss - see Hand Cream above
  6. Desk stretches - I have a little list that includes neck rolls and cross body arm stretches.  When I’ve been sitting anywhere too long, I just have a little stretch and I’m right as rain.
  7. Fresh flowers - need I say more?
  8. A fountain - we have a little gurgler in our garden right outside our French doors.  When the windows are open, it’s such a soothing sound.  In fact, I love it so much, I’m going to make an indoor tabletop gurgler when I have to shut the windows for the winter.
  9. Scented candles - candle light just makes the dreariest day brighter.  And I love me a little vanilla or sandalwood.  Or both.
  10. Tea - when I need to feel cozy.
  11. Wine - when I need a little something more.
  12. Dark chocolate - lovely with each of the last two items.
  13. Fuzzy socks - I wear them even in the summer.  Rubbing a little foot cream on first is like a little mini-spa day.  Almost.
  14. Jazz in my iPod - I have a bunch of my dad’s old jazz cd’s copied onto my iPod.  Listening to them takes me right back home on a Sunday morning.  Mostly Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Errol Garner, and Ahmad Jamal.  With a little Buena Vista Social Club thrown in for fun.  

What’s on your list?

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