5 Self-Care Gifts for Yourself
We take care of our cars, our homes, our jobs, our children, and the many people we love. Why then can it be so difficult to give ourselves the care and attention we also need and deserve?
For some, self-care may feel selfish or even frivolous. As we are an ever-productive culture, some may even feel guilty for taking much-needed time off. Remember this: You wholly deserve to take time for yourself. You wholly deserve to reward yourself with gifts, both big and small. (Yes. You do.) It’s important, because you can’t give from an empty cup.
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
Let's say that again, together. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.
Self-Care as an Act of Self-Love
Self-care can be as simple as taking five minutes to just breathe. Or it can be as lavish as a solo trip to a tropical island. (Yes. It can.) You get to choose what self-care looks like for you. The important part is the awareness that you can reward yourself, and treat yourself to self-love gifts every single day.
Self-care can be taking time to start your day with a gentle act of self-love in the form of an Ayurvedic self-massage. Self-care can be saying No to the Friday night engagement and instead, curling up in bed with a hot cup of tea. Self-care can be asking for help. Maybe self-care is indulging in one of your guilty pleasures, the perfect mocha or the just-right grilled cheese sandwich. (Yes. You can. And you don’t even have to feel guilty about it.) And self-care can be doing more of that thing you love. Fill your love cup.
“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.”
Self-Care Gift Ideas
Here are five self-care products and gift ideas that you can treat yourself to—every day:
Sleep Easy Oil
Sleep Easy Oil makes for a wonderful three-minute evening ritual. Taking the time to slow down before bed, massage Sleep Easy Oil into your hairline, temples, and the base of your neck. Finish by lightly rubbing your sinuses and the surrounding area, and then around your eyes. Our faces rarely get the attention of a gentle touch. Enjoy this intimate time with yourself.
As our bones are the foundation of our entire bodily structure, one of the best ways we can offer ourselves internal support is to literally have good, strong, healthy bones. Healthy Bones is formulated with coral calcium, whose molecular structure and mineral complex is similar to human bone. Arjuna, ashwagandha, and ginger play an important role in assisting the absorption of calcium as well as encouraging the body’s digestive fire. Support yourself by letting your body support you.
Breast Care Balm
Like our faces, a woman’s breasts may also not receive the gentle attention they deserve. While the breast itself is mostly adipose and glandular tissue, its proximity to surrounding lymph nodes make this an important part of our body to offer massage, stimulating circulation and lymphatic movement. Together with regular self-massage, Breast Care Balm turns this practice into a self-care ritual. Make this a sacred time to nurture, honor, and respect yourself—for all that you are and all that you do.
While cleansing may not sound like an especially appealing gift, it is truly extraordinary what setting this time aside for yourself can do. Cleansing is a profound act of self-care, a way to connect to your body and your soul. Cleansing is usually done in the spring and the fall, at the junction between seasons. It is a way of letting go of what no longer serves us and making space for our heart’s true desires, offering rest, simple nourishment, and deep rejuvenation. Banyan’s Cleanse Bundle is the ultimate self-care package. It provides everything you need for a 7-day cleanse. Or, do a 3-day cleanse in the spring and again in the fall. (You can also pick any day of the week to slow down and simplify. Eating kitchari is a good way to do this.) Either way, dedicate this time for yourself to reconnect and renew.
Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning might be unappealing to some, but it is the best way to start your day. (Really!) Not only is tongue scraping an effective way of clearing the bacteria that accumulates through the night, it also gives us a good indication of how well our bodies may or may not be assimilating what we are eating. Oral bacteria in itself can lead to a host of other complications, the least of which is bad breath, but it is also an indicator that some aspect of our diet may need to shift. If we are not digesting the food we are taking in, this undigested food matter turns into ama, or toxins, in our body’s tissues. This also sets the body up for future complaints. So scraping your tongue is a very simple but equally effective way of paying attention to your body and your digestive system, which is, essentially, our internal fire. Did you ever think you would be giving yourself a tongue scraper as an act of self-love? You won’t be disappointed. We promise.
Consider how you feel after receiving the perfect gift. Perhaps you feel seen, appreciated, and loved. What if we could give these sentiments to ourselves on a daily basis? Listening to our true self and giving it the care it requires. What a gift! Thus, self-care is never a selfish act. It is how we are best able to serve—with a full love cup—our families, our communities, and, ultimately, our higher selves.
For more self-care gift ideas, have a peek at our holiday Gift Guide.