Best Self Care Gifts for Women Roundup

Treat yourself to a little something as you celebrate Self Care Awareness Month in my Best Self Care Gifts Roundup for women.

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BEST SELF CARE GIFTS FOR WOMEN ROUNDUP

It seems like everyone I know has been through some form of anxiety over the past year.

It can be brought on by grief, fear, new changes, uncertainty, hardship, or the people around you.

There is a movement among the mental health community to increase awareness of the need to take care of ourselves mentally. We are so focused as a society on outside appearances, but I can tell you firsthand that just because someone looks like they have it all together on the outside, doesn’t mean they aren’t a wreck inside.

Self care takes many forms.

The point is to train yourself to deal with big emotions in a healthier way.

Here are some ways I work self care into my daily routine:

  1. Have a morning routine that allows you to ease into the day. (I use the Headspace App to meditate 10 minutes each morning after coffee.)
  2. Take a time out each afternoon to access how you’re feeling. (I eat lunch outside to get some sunshine and silence.)
  3. Put a little fun in each day. Laugh! (My husband and I text each other funny memes or GIFS all day.)
  4. Finish the day with something that relaxes you. (I like to drink hot tea in bed while I watch a show.)

I’ve compiled a list of the best self care gifts to help you in your self care routine this month (or maybe to help you start one!).

GIFTS TO WORK ON SLOWING DOWN

You may be the kind of person who is always on the go, which leads to high stress levels and burnout. Your self care may be slowing down and learning to relax your body each day.

To create a quiet space to rest and relax, I recommend:

GIFTS TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN

You may be a worrier and always trying to fix everyone else’s problems. Your self care can be learning to have a little fun each day.

To introduce a little fun into each day, I recommend:

GIFTS TO ACKNOWLEDGE PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION

You may be a perfectionist. Your self care can be learning to let go of perfection and celebrating progress.

To remind yourself to take it one step at a time, I recommend:

GIFTS TO LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF

You may be the kind of person who fears confrontation and would rather hide in your bed than deal with any possible upset to your daily routine. You self care may be getting to know yourself better and understanding why you react in the way you do so that you can create healthier ways to deal with challenges.

To understand more about yourself, I recommend:

GIFTS TO ESTABLISH HEALTHY HABITS

You may just be a serial goal breaker and need to practice better health habits for your body. I’m no health coach, but I do know the #1 way to improve your health is to drink lots of water. That’s something we all should be doing anyway! Here, I’ll jump on this one with you…

To remind yourself to drink more water each day, I recommend:

GIFTS TO FOCUS ON HOPE IN HARDSHIP

You may be the kind of person that feels pessimistic and negative about most situations. You’re a realist, but to what extent is this impacting your mindset? Your self care may be working on seeing things in a new light: learning to trust and let go of the little things. To see hope in hard things.

To motivate yourself in hard times, I recommend:


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30 Free Printable Self Care Journal Prompts

Check in with yourself each day with these ideas for self care journal prompts intended to help you live life with intention.

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IDEAS FOR SELF CARE

September is Self Care Awareness Month, and I wanted to highlight some practical ways that we can take better care of ourselves this month.

As I go through what has helped me in the past, here are the basics that I continue to go to over and over again:

  • Create a daily routine that eases you into the morning
  • Learn new habits that set you up for success
  • Take breaks throughout the day to assess how you’re feeling
  • Record your thoughts in a journal and work through problems in healthier ways
  • Take time once or twice a month to go out and do something that energizes you or makes you feel good about yourself like getting a new haircut or sipping coffee in a bookstore

PRINT YOUR FREE 30 SELF CARE JOURNAL PROMPTS PAGE

I think that journaling brings out the best ideas for self care. Print the following freebie and write about one each day for the next month. By the end, you’ll have created your own resource of self care ideas in your journal!

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Taking some time to journal out your thoughts, hopes and dreams is what keeps you focused on intentional living! For more posts on ideas for self care, check out:

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How to Ease Anxiety with Meditation

Meditation helps ease anxiety by allowing you to reboot your mind and relax your body. Step back and breathe to assess your day.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. The following information is for general informational and educational purposes only and it is not intended as, and shall not be understood or construed as, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Before taking any actions based upon such information, I expressly recommend that you seek advice from a medical professional.

MEDITATION IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK

When I first heard about meditating, I imagined a bunch of hippies sitting around chanting, and frankly it weirded me out.

My ignorant mind had made assumptions of something I really knew nothing about. However, as I dealt with anxiety from my chronic pain, the practice of meditation kept coming up. I had already been a fan of yoga and was doing it regularly for years.

When you cool down in yoga, you end with a few minutes lying still on your back, eyes closed, focused on slow, deep breathing. Turns out, I was already doing a form of meditation–and honestly, this relaxation time at the end of my yoga practice was my favorite. It was the time when I could focus on completely relaxing every part of my body and calming my mind to prepare for the rest of the day.

Meditation anxiety

Eventually it was the claims that meditation can help people deal with anxiety and chronic pain that kept me interested. 

According to The Mindfulness Journal,  pain in the body is also felt in the mind, and meditation can be used to lessen your discomfort. Meditation “can help decrease some of the stress and inflammation that often makes the hurt worse, while giving you some control over your reaction to pain and discomfort.”

Mindful Magazine states that “science has confirmed that slow, deep breathing calms by reducing heart rate and activating the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system. The result? Your body relaxes and your mind quiets.”

LET’S GET STARTED!

It’s best to start with a guided meditation than to figure it out for yourself. Try some free sessions with my favorite mindfulness app, Headspace.

Remember, you’re new at this, so be nice to yourself. Not every session is going to be successful. Many times you’ll feel relaxed while others you’ll feel frustrated that you were distracted or that the mediation didn’t completely take away your anxiety. You can’t force yourself to have a quiet mind, it takes practice. Don’t try to change your thoughts, just acknowledge them and let them pass on by.

Here are a few tips when meditating: 

  • Use sounds: You may prefer silence when you meditate, while other times you may enjoy listening to music or nature sounds. Studies have shown that music therapy can reduce depression and boost your mood.
  • Use scents: Try experimenting with different scents during meditation. This extra distraction is beneficial for me especially if I’m anxious or in pain. If you use essential oils, you can put them on your body or diffuse them. If you don’t have any, try spraying perfume or lighting a scented candle.
Meditation anxiety

1. OBSERVE YOUR THOUGHTS

Pretend you are sitting at the edge of a river and your thoughts are like leaves passing by in the stream. Observe them and then let them pass. Nothing more. Don’t engage them, don’t analyze them, just refocus on the stream when you find your mind wandering.

You can use the same concept with watching the clouds float by. Try to envision a sky full of clouds. Place your stray thoughts on the clouds as they pass. The more you are aware of your thoughts, the more you’ll notice them jumping from one thing to the next. Use your awareness to bring yourself back to the present. Close your eyes and continue to focus completely on the moment.

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2. VISUALIZATION

Sometimes I use my meditation time to come up with a plan and visualize it instead of trying to clear my mind of passing thoughts. It’s so rewarding to visualize success and then watch it play out in real life.

Other times I just want to chill out at the beach. So I envision my favorite vacation, drink in hand, sun on my skin, toes in the sand…and then go back to cleaning the bathrooms.

For days that you are feeling anxious about a situation, you can even repeat a mantra, which is a word or phrase set to focus you on your goals and attitude for the day.

Some phrases could be:

  • I am safe and loved.
  • My body is healing more every day.
  • Others can depend on me.
  • I am organized and self-disciplined.
  • I am a leader and visionary.
  • My hope is in Jesus.
  • I am positive and encouraging.
Meditation anxiety

3. FOCUS ON YOUR BREATH

In guided meditations about pain, you “breathe into the spot that has pain” so that you relax. I combine visualization with deep breathing. I envision my blood vessels, heart and lungs being coated with a red color while I control my inhales and exhales. With each inhalation, my breath fills my body with a beautiful green color and then pushes out the red more and more with each exhalation. I envision strong healthy breaths transforming my body and strengthening it more everyday.

According to Breathe Magazine, “Taking time to learn how to breathe effectively can help to alleviate stress, reduce anxiety, and maintain focus. Breathing is the link between body and mind just as your breath is influenced by your thoughts and emotions. They, in turn, are influenced by the pattern and speed of the breath. For example, anxiety, worry and upset cause the breathing to become faster. If you consciously slow your breathing to a gentle wave-like pattern, you can soothe your nerves, settle your thoughts, and begin to calm yourself down.”

4. BODY SCAN

Many times we don’t realize the origin of our stress or tension until we lay still for a minute. When I use guided meditation body scans, they help me relax even tiny places that hold tension. Until I practiced with guidance, I wasn’t able to fully relax. I am now aware of tension even in my eyes, lips, jaw, nose, forehead, fingers, shoulders, wrists, ankles and toes. If you just give yourself five minutes to breathe, regroup and assess what your body needs, you can make better choices for yourself.

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So call me a hippie, but I’m all in on this meditation for anxiety thing. If you take the time to soften your thoughts and slow down, I promise your mind will thank you for it. I’ve created a Printable Bible Study on Fear and Anxiety to help direct your thoughts back to the One who knows you best. You can purchase it here:

Have a relaxing day!

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