Having your own space is vital to self care. This could be your bedroom, living room, office space, the list goes on. This doesn’t mean you must be alone to benefit from it, but sharing it with others can be just as special and helpful.
Wherever you want to create your own space for self care, I’d recommend adding one or two (or more) of the following items to the space:
Calming colours Surrounding yourself with colours that you find particularly pleasant and calm your mind is a good place to start. This could be in photo frames, plant pots, notebooks, etc. I personally find pastel colours (blue, pink, yellow) with metallic accents helpful.
Positive/motivational messages We’re so busy managing work, essays, emails, deadlines that we forget to remind ourselves that we’re actually doing great. Even when we take a break for a cup of coffee, it’s either spent texting a friend, reading the paper or scrolling through news feed after news feed. Pinning up positive and/or motivational quotations in your space, big or small, means that during those few minutes that you give yourself a break, you have something to read that pushes you forward.
Fairy lights Having the option for a lower lighting setting is particularly useful in calming the eyes and the mind. Furthermore, fairy lights are super cheap and can be blu-tacked just about anywhere in your space!
Self care books As I said earlier, when you have a spare moment try to take the time to be drawn into a book that focuses on caring about you, rather than a social media platform where it can often feel that people are focused on competing with you. Give yourself the option to read about the little things you can do to improve your life that will make a big difference.
Live plants Adding live plants is surprisingly helpful in terms of creating a space with a good energy within it. I recommend one or two mini cacti in pretty pots (feel free to name them and become emotionally attached).
Photos In terms of self-motivation, filling your space with reminders of the wonderful people you surround yourself with is definitely worth doing.
A treat jar Your favourite snacks at hand is always a good idea.
I hope you find these items helpful in creating your space for self care – if you have any other recommendations feel free to comment them down below to share them with others!
‘Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a special feeling or moment. It can be alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary but is always cosy, charming and special.’