The holiday season is a perfect time to think about self care.
This time of year can bring up many different feelings for survivors, so whether you’re traveling to visit friends or family, hosting a gathering in your home, or curling up on the couch, it’s nice to keep a few things around that make you feel safe and calm. Try making a travel-friendly self care kit so you can feel more grounded no matter where the season takes you. We rounded up a few ideas for what to include.
Journaling is a great way to ground yourself because it gives you a private outlet for your thoughts and feelings. Write about what you’re feeling, make a list of things you need to remember, or write a poem or a song.
Sketchbook or coloring book
If you’re more into drawing than writing, a sketchbook can relieve stress by getting those creative juices flowing. There are a lot of fun adult coloring books available too! Just don’t forget to pack some colored pencils.
There’s nothing like a cup of hot tea to ease the mind. Chamomile is the classic calming tea, but there are many herbal blends to choose from. Slip a couple packets in your bag and grab some hot water on the go.
Just about every self care list includes essential oils, and for good reason. Their powerful aromas can wake up your senses and help bring you back down to earth when you feel ungrounded. You could go with tried and true scents like lavender for calming, peppermint to boost your energy, or cedar wood to help you sleep
Pack a pair of earbuds or headphones that you can connect to your phone. Then you can make a playlist of your favorite comfort songs, or hit play on a guided meditation to help you find your inner peace.
Pack a fidget spinner, some silly putty, worry stones, or any trinket that keeps your hands busy. Focusing on the textures, colors, and movement of an object can help you stay centered.
Sometimes you just need a good cry, and that’s okay! Keep a travel pack of tissues in your kit just in case you need them.
Stress is always harder to cope with when you’re hungry. Tossing a tasty snack into your self care kit can give you the extra energy you need to enjoy your holiday plans or handle life’s challenges. You could make a trail mix of your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate, or grab something ready-to-eat like a granola bar.
Do you have a favorite candy bar? A brand of chips you can’t live without? Add a fun treat to your kit so you can indulge when you need it. You deserve it!
Soft blanket or stuffed animal
Who doesn’t love a cozy blanket? Bringing something soft to cuddle up with can give you a sense of security whether you’re home or traveling.
Phone number for support
You are not alone! A supportive friend is never further than a phone call away. Write down the number for LifeWire’s 24-Hour Helpline, or store it in your phone. You may also want to include contact information for others in your support network.