In my last post, I introduced the top 5 ways that I improve my parental satisfaction. To do so, I have some favorite items that I have in my “Self-Care Toolbox” that I would like to share with you, in hopes that this will help you on your journey to quality self-care.
Here are my top 5 tips with items that I highly recommend to help achieve success in self-care.
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Putting down my phone and paying more attention
I’ve researched many options for “phone jails” – from lockable bins to containers with timers – and this one makes the most sense to me. You can physically lock your phone away while keeping it on a charger (as it has a cord access point in the back of the box), but are able to access it in the case of an emergency. This gorgeous style fits in any room decor and can hold multiple devices of varying sizes! It measures 9″ (W) x 12″ (L) x 3″ (H) and features a 1″ hole for charging cables.
Watching at least one personal development video daily and taking detailed notes
My favorite personal development videos honestly come from YouTube. I love Tony Robbins the most, but suggest that you perform a search for “personal development” and tailor a watchlist that meets your needs. Whether you save meditation, self-help or motivational videos, it is all personal development and will help you reach your goals. Take as detailed notes as possible so that you can look back, implement, and learn.
I like to keep my notes, goals, and planning all in one spot, so I highly suggest this gorgeous Clever Fox Planner Pro. The rose gold version is absolutely stunning! I like it because it is not dated, so you can jump into the groove at any time of the year. It offers a guide so that you can learn about the planner and how to get the most use out of it. Some other of my favorite features are:
- an expandable pocket to store important documents;
- 6 sheets of stickers;
- gorgeous vegan leather cover, that is designed to lay flat when opened;
- thick, bleed-resistant pages;
- monthly and weekly layouts; and
- several sections, to include a vision board, quarterly and yearly goals, and monthly look-back.
Journaling 2-3 times per week about my trauma and feelings
Beginning a journaling journey can be difficult, especially when you don’t even know where or how to begin. The Self-Love Workbook is by far my highest recommendation when you are just starting. It helps you focus on your needs and feelings to learn exactly what you need to do to love yourself. Then, it will be easier for you to freely journal about your feelings and thoughts. Brain-dumping is the best way to manage anxiety, stress, and depression.
Sidenote: This may seem strange, but I am a fanatic when it comes to pens! I have found these uni-ball Signo pens years ago and have been an addict ever since. They write so smoothly without jumps. I highly suggest this multicolor package because taking notes, journaling, and planning is much easier when you can highlight aspects in different colors. Additionally, it makes doodling even more fun 🙂
Intentional meditation/prayer and practicing mindfulness
Meditation is by far the best way that I have been able to intentionally practice mindfulness. I absolutely love this set of guided meditation cards by MindPanda because:
It comes with a guided journal to help you learn to meditate and what works best for you;
On each card, you are given an empowering thought and a related mindfulness activity; and
It is perfect for self-use or group meditations with family and friends, young or old.