The self-care gifts women want are the ones that they will use! It is important to keep seeking of the things that enhance and improve our lives am I right?
In today’s post, I will share amazing self-care gifts that make my life better. And I am sure they will help your life as well.
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My name is Irma and I want to share my journey to improved health by eating whole foods, moving my body and eliminating stress as much as possible.
It is my hope to inspire you to make daily changes. Why? Because eating fresh, seasonal food and getting some sunshine is the best way to increase longevity. But you do not want just a long life. You want a quality long life.
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Women Need Self-Care…They Just Do
So I created a list for anyone who wants to get started with a self-care routine. Or if they want to help another woman get started. These are products that I use regularly…some daily, some weekly, and some only when I need it (see the section for Dr. Ho products).
Women tend to put themselves last and do not take time for proper self-care…and yet women do not function properly unless they take care of themselves! Stress drives down our supply of oxytocin and makes us even more scattered and, for lack of a better word, crazy.
Fixing the crazy is so easy. You just have to pick 2 or 3 tools for your self-care toolkit and start doing them regularly. You will be surprised at how much it can help, but you feel better faster if you do several throughout your week. The more, the better for your peace of mind.
- I will always recommend journaling because it is hands down the one tool that many women use to get thoughts out of their head (declutter your mind).
- After that, I recommend dealing with any obtrusive thoughts that came up from journaling (I use EFT/tapping and meditation).
- And I use affirmations to help me reprogram my mind to be more helpful to me. And I use subliminal reprogramming to change my thinking to something more positive.
- Finally, I take a long walk or do stretching or something else that makes my body feel good, including helping my “tech neck” to feel better (thanks Dr. Ho!).
It has taken me a while to figure out which things make me feel better and which don’t. I hope you will be inspired to try some of these for yourself.
Self Care For Women Includes Having A Great Sleep
A restful night’s sleep is important for everyone, but doubly so for the person who looks after everyone else! Self care for women must include ways to get the best sleep possible.
1. Sleep Headphones with Bluetooth Speakers
These are amazing! Never mind that they effectively block light better than any sleep mask I have tried (#many), but they’re softer and more comfortable too.
The Bluetooth speakers mean that you can listen to subliminal messaging while you sleep without destroying your headphones.
They are cool and comfortable and fully cover your ears.
I sleep better than I ever had because this mask blocks out all light. I have purchased 3 of these over the years, and they keep getting softer and comfier.
2. Sleep Well Restful Sleep Kit $38
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While we’re getting ready for bed, how about making your room and pillow smell like relaxing lavender and orange? I love how this smells and it makes me feel so happy before bed time!
I admit to using up the hand cream faster than the room spray.
And using the room spray faster than the Sleep Well restful Sleep essential oil, which you can roll on your feet before putting socks on. But all of it is helpful to a better sleep.
And you get a nice canvas-style RPET fabric zip pouch to keep everything in.
3. Lavender Trio $26
While we’re at the Saje website, be sure to check out some of their other useful self-care products like this relaxing body kit for lavender lovers, like me.
- Lavender & Friends Lotion – 100 ml
- Mist – 25 ml
- Bar Soap – 100 g
It comes all together in gift-ready packaging!
Sleep has never been so relaxing.
While you are there check this product out. It’s my fave.
PS I buy all my deodorant here. No scary chemicals on my pits! It has so far been the superior choice out of all the natural deodorants that I have tried. Go for the spray kind, which works best.
Self Care Includes De-cluttering The Mind
I know how it sounds but we all need to clear clutter from our brains…it’s good self-care. Journaling, EFT/tapping, meditating, and affirmations all work great…and so does subliminal re-programming cd’s.
Use them to change your thinking about losing weight, quitting smoking, or just positive thinking while you go for a relaxing walk. It is shocking how well they work.
4. Brain Sync Subliminal cd’s $9.95 and up
Brain Sync is where I get my brain-changing subliminals.
Listen to these cd’s/mp3’s as you drift off to sleep, to effortlessly change your thinking.
Subliminal programs by-pass your conscious mind.
They help you change negative thought patterns that keep you stuck.
There are programs for:
- Positive Thinking
- Weight Loss
- Quit Smoking
- Attract Love
- Attract Wealth
- Deep Learning
- Heal Depression
And many, many more. What you hear are nature sounds, like ocean waves.
The messaging is delivered separately to each ear to create a “binaural beat”.
From the website: “Brain Sync audio programs deliver pure and precisely tuned sound frequencies to the brain to drive brain activity into high level states of mind.
These are brain states known as:
- Alpha for heightened creativity and deep relaxation
- Beta for high focus and concentration
- Theta for meditation, insight and memory
- Delta for deep sleep and healing
- Gamma to increase cognition and improve IQ.
I’ve been using these cd’s to break my unhelpful money blocks (Attract Wealth/Manifest Prosperity), as well as to re-program myself to be more of a positive thinker (Positive Thinking/Create Success).
It’s so effortless…you just wake up with new motivation. I love it. You can also get positive thinking cds to listen to while you exercise.
5. Practicing Mindfulness
This adorable little book will help you get started on the path to mindfulness.
As busy people, it can be hard to find time to meditate and get some inner peace.
But we need that to remove ourselves from our hectic lives.
This book will help you develop the routines you need to unwind, improve awareness, and relieve stress.
Use the exercises to create your own custom practices that help you ground yourself so that you are always in control.
No more panic! Instead, you’ll be cool as a cucumber regardless of the situation.
“Begin a journey of peace and patience today on the path to a better, more balanced life”.
Want to know more about what mindfulness is and how it can help? I have a blog post here.
6. Lined Refillable Vintage Writing Journal for Women
I bought a similar one at Chapters, which is a book store in Canada that usually has a Starbucks attached to it…win-win!
Now that I am a journal geek, I have a collection of them all around my home; there’s one for food shopping, one for journaling and affirmations, one by my bedside table for jotting down “great ideas”, which is a great idea for anyone because that is how cool stuff gets invented.
But you need to be in the habit of writing things down.
When you start practicing writing out whatever is in your head, from buying tuna to how nasty that cashier was to you, you will find yourself so much more relaxed. And trust me on this, you will tolerate a lot less nonsense from others when it comes from a place of calm.
This incredibly beautiful journal is perfect for carrying around or keeping at your bedside table. Imagine being able to capture your great ideas in one handy spot (that’s what I use mine for!).
Jot notes, vent about your trying day, or doodle your dream kitchen.
Add stickers or photos, then take it shopping to find your treasures.
Use it on vacation, in school, or give as a gift. Any woman would be pleased to have such a handy item.
*Note: this is Faux leather, so no animals were harmed in its making.
7. Let It Out
This book put me on the path to journaling for stress relief. Katie has a bunch of different types of prompts to help you find your unique journaling style. I skimmed through different concepts and found the one that works best for me, which is a combination of free-writing and venting.
And boy oh boy does it feel good to get that crap outta my head!
Journaling is the way to process thoughts; you get random thoughts out of your head, where they clutter up your brain and keep you from taking action.
Putting words to paper can help you sort out problems, find clarity, or just get things off your chest.
In our super-busy world we don’t have enough time to work through all the craziness that happens to us daily. Use a journal to work through job stress, road-rage incidents, or dating woes.
Or use it to plan your dream life by listing everything you really want…and why.
Your brain is craving a good de-cluttering. Go ahead and let the junk out to make space for positive thinking and plans for the future.
Women Need To Relax…creatively
It does not matter which hobby you use to express yourself, you need to fit it into your day or week. Read a good book, do some coloring, or just relax with a movie that helps you feel better…as opposed to watching the news which probably does not.
8. Arteza Adult Coloring Book
I’m the first person to admit that I’ve always loved coloring. I buy art supplies all the time for coloring art mandala canvasses or pages like the ones in this book.
Pages which are detachable by the way.
You can easily finish your project and then frame it for display. The 6.4″ x 6.4″ page size means that you can use a 7″ x 7″ frame to create an art series.
The size also means that it is easy to take with you. Color your way through extended waiting room times, on vacation, or while watching TV.
And the Durable Artist-Grade Paper is thick 100 lb (150 gsm) paper that provides a bleed-proof surface for your favorite colored pencils, markers, pens, or crayons.
9. Reading Socks
Reading socks lol…I know, right? But hey, why not get something cozy for your feet while we’re at it?
I have some of these for those times when I’ve booked myself some time to read (yes, I have to “book” it lol). Mine are big fluffly grey ones that come up to my knees and are super comfy. It’s like putting them on requires you to cozy up with a book. LOL.
Get your latest novel and cozy up in your favorite chair and get busy with reading. These socks are warm and comfy with fleece lining. They are also non-skid and totally washable.
10. A Large Wine Glass
Really, what’s left to say? The first time I saw this, I knew several people who could benefit from it…myself included. Because there are “those” days.
This glass holds an entire 750 ml bottle of wine. This is a great gift for almost any
woman person, a newly-turned-21 year old, or for a bachelorette.
C’mon…you know people who would love this!
Get a couple of them and be sure to use wine charms because this glass will be stolen by everyone.
It’s easy to clean (hand wash/air dry). Drink a whole bottle of wine without getting up to refill. No brown bag required!
Not sure you want anyone to know what you’re drinking? Try a wine mug…which someone created after reading my mind. You can always fill it with coffee and pretend you’re partying at 8 a.m?
11. MadeOn Skincare – Various prices
This is my favorite hard lotion. It only has a few ingredients (coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax) and no irritating scents.
Just warm the bar up between your palms, then massage in. It dries quickly, considering its made from oil. But coconut oil is special. It makes your skin softer the more you use it.
I have tried finding a similar product locally, but with no luck.
Products from MadeOn that I have tried and recommend:
- Hard Lotion bars (Bee Silk)
- Lip Balm
- Bug Block (works great!)
- Simply Soothing – This has zinc oxide, so it’s good for sunburn. I used it to keep my nose from getting burnt last summer.
- Hair Butter
Don’t forget to grab a freebie before you check out. I grabbed the lotion bar sample because I seriously love this stuff. I am hoarding my last bar while I try to decide how much to re-order.
Women Crave Pain Relief!
Honorable Mention: Dr. Ho
Do you know anyone who suffers from “tech neck”? I do, and it’s me.
Whiplash 10 years ago has left me with chronic neck pain, especially if I get hunched over a keyboard for too long.
I bought a Dr. Ho pain bundle and I cannot say enough good things about it.
The only issue is that some products sell out super quick
My bundle came with this amazing unit (pictured), which you use to decompress your neck vertebrae. It pumps up with something similar to a blood pressure cuff and it helps take the pressure off of your neck.
It gives me greater range of motion and I have less cracking noises when I turn my head.
You only to inflate it as much as you need to take the pressure off.
You can lock it into the inflated position easily, sit and watch TV for a bit, and then deflate.
When it’s time to deflate it, just twist the knob near the pump and it deflates in just a few seconds. It deflates to completely flat so you can travel with it.
I have the whole system, which I love! It came with a neck/upper back posture corrector, and this cool unit that uses a TENS unit to zap your neck so that your muscles let go and relax.
It’s the same kind of TENS system that’s used at Physiotherapy, but in a home machine. Look for Dr. Ho products at Costco or your favorite drug store…or even Walmart.
It’s up to us to take care of ourselves, which explains why so few women do it. We just do not prioritize our own health.
If you know a woman who can benefit from these products, please get confirmation on quantities required before ordering!
Holistic approaches never just address symptoms of specific health problems, but instead aim to return or keep the patient in a state of balanced health between mind, body, and spirit. Holism targets overall wellness, and when we are well, we only get better with age.
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Until next time, here’s to our health!