You don’t need it to be Valentine’s Day to show yourself some love, right? If you’re feeling stressed out because of the coronavirus outbreak but want to stay on top of your budget, here are self-care gift ideas that’ll help you reduce stress and chill out. After all, you gotta put yourself first sometimes.
1. Bath Accessories
There are a lot of ways to elevate bath time and enjoy some R&R. You can try bath bombs. Soak for 20 minutes and enjoy scents like honeysuckle and lavender. But a good bath is not just about the bath itself; what you do after the bath counts, too. Upgrade from your scroungy old T-shirts and shorts and slip into a soft, matching pajama set to cap off your R&R. It’s the little things.
Whether you light candles during your long, luxurious bath or dim the lights and turn on Netflix, something about a candle seems to make stress melt away. This aromatherapy candle is a 2-in-1 candle, which includes lemongrass and lime. Consider an aromatherapy diffuser to help set the mood and go into chill mode.
3. Jade Roller
Give yourself a nightly face massage before you hit the pillow or while you catch up on whatever podcast or TV show you’re bingeing on. Rumor has it that the jade rollers you see all over Instagram right now really do help improve circulation and encourage smooth, glowing skin. See for yourself. Try one for $9.
4. Mindfulness Card Deck
Ah, mindfulness. While it’s easy to talk about being mindful, it can be more difficult to practice in stressful moments. That’s what the mindfulness deck is here for. Flashcards reinvented — each card has an inspiring phrase on the front and a mindfulness exercise on the back. Kick off your day with determination to be more present and focused.
5. Wellness or Gratitude Journal
Research shows that an attitude of gratitude makes you happier. So this daily gratitude journal encourages you to reflect on what your grateful for every day. If you want to develop healthier habits and track your progress, consider this wellness journal, which also encourages positive thinking and gratitude.
6. Sleep Eye Mask
If you love sleep and you love treating yourself to good sleep (who doesn’t?), you need a sleep mask that blocks out extra light. You’d be surprised how much difference it can make — especially if you live in a busy city where street lights come shining through. You might also consider a cooling eye mask to relieve eye pressure and fatigue.
7. Foam Roller
Roll out tight muscles with a foam roller. It’s one of the simplest and most impactful gifts you can give yourself. Less pain means you can be more focused and more fully enjoy the moment. It’s great after a workout, but it’s also a relaxing habit to add to your sleep routine, after a bath, or following aromatherapy.
All of these self-care gifts can be combined into one big self-care routine. Set aside one or two nights per week to go the extra mile and spend a couple of hours going all-in with self-care, but alternate them throughout the week — a face massage while watching the news, journaling while you eat breakfast, or rolling out sore muscles after your commute home from work. Little moments add up.
Shop the collection:
- Bath bombs
- Matching pajama set
- Aromatherapy candle
- Aromatherapy diffuser
- Jade roller
- Mindfulness deck
- Daily gratitude journal
- Wellness journal
- Sleep mask
- Cooling eye mask
- Foam roller
Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
Catherine Conelly is a former beauty and health editor turned freelance writer and content marketer. She’s written for Shape, Thrillist, PopSugar, and StyleCaster. Her work has also appeared on Forbes, Entrepreneur, the Glassdoor Blog, and Adidas Game Plan A.