This would be my first DIY suggested project on this site, but I thought I’d share this one in time for Christmas as a gift idea. With the coronavirus affecting everyone’s pocket, buying everyone gifts might not be possible. So why not DIY up some gifts instead or as an additional gift so you don’t have to buy so many? No one should go into debt just because of Christmas.
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Why Should You DIY A Self-Care Jar
We often do self-care when it relates to other aspects of our lives, like doing warm-ups and cooldowns before and after exercising. We’re also routinely told to do self-checks to make sure our health is ok, such as doing a self-breast exam or, if you’re a guy, then a self-testicular check. Although it should be noted that men can also get breast cancer, so check your chest to, dudes.
The world is coming around to promoting mental health, self-care and self-checks too, but there’s still a long way to go. But engaging in self-care is important. It allows us to control our stress levels, avoid burnout, and manage our overall wellness and wellbeing.
Stress is one of the world’s biggest killers. As I said in my previous post on stress – 17 Ways To Manage Stress – failure to manage stress can have a negative effect on our wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of others around us. Although small amounts of stress can be a source of motivation, which can thus be good, unchecked stress puts you at risk of poor mental and physical health.
This is where self-care comes in. It not only helps you manage feelings of stress but also other negative feelings that you might not be fully aware of yet. Its best use is to engage in it before you start to struggle with your wellbeing, using self-care as a preventative strategy.
One of the problems with self-care is that we often find one thing that works and then just keep doing that until it loses its effectiveness. One of the ways to get around that is to add some randomness to what self-care activities you engage in. Therefore, doing your own DIY self-care jar will allow you to add that random element to your self-care routine.
All you need to do to make your DIY self-care jar random is to create a list of self-care activities that you do enjoy or you’d like to try. Just write out your self-care activities, put them into the DIY self-care jar, and then pick one out at random when you’ve made time to engage in some self-care.
It’s also important to remember that self-care isn’t being self-indulgent. It’s perfectly fine to do nice things for yourself to keep yourself mentally well, that isn’t being self-indulgent. The world is already hard enough as it is, so don’t deny yourself respite through self-care.
Steps To Creating Your DIY Self-Care Jar
What you’ll need
Find an old jar or buy yourself a jar. I would recommend getting a mason jar with a lid so that you don’t lose your self-care activities. Also, buy some lollipop sticks and find some pens you’d like to use.
Write one self-care idea/activity on each lollipop stick, writing as many as you can (see below ‘Self-Care Ideas’ for some inspiration). But don’t worry if you can’t think of many at the moment, you can add more to your DIY self-care jar at any time.
Decorate your jar anyway you see fit, using the glue to attach them. Then all you need to do is let the glue dry.
Fill the jar with your self-care activities, lollipop sticks, and you’re done. A Simple crafting task. Now all you need to do is pick one whenever it’s time for some self-care.
Colour code the lollipop sticks with your self-care ideas for the length of time they’d take. For example, you could paint the top of the lollipop sticks that have activities that’ll take 10 minutes or fewer. Then paint the lollipop sticks a different colour if the activity would take 11-30 minutes, and so on and so on. That way, you can pick activities from the jar that better suit how much time you have to engage in self-care.
You might be able to create some self-care ideas by checking out positive psychology interventions, my other article on how kindness matters, or on how to adapt Motivational Interviewing For Self-Help. But don’t worry, you don’t have to read through all three articles if you don’t want to, I’ve got some other suggestions for self-care below.
Go for a walk
Listen to a podcast
Watch your favourite type of YouTube videos
Draw or paint
Try your hands at crafting
Have a long soak in the bath
Yoga – There are a lot of online yoga resources, even if you’re Goth
Meditation/pray – There’s also a lot of online meditation resources, even if you’re Goth
Play a game
Facetime/video chat with someone
Read a book
Make a hot chocolate
Turn off devices and take a short break from the modern world
I hope you enjoyed my little crafting project and that it’ll help you with engaging in some self-care.
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