WHAT IS IN MY SELF CARE BAG
I am doing a bit of a throw back in today’s post but this time with a twist! Instead of doing a “what’s in my bag” post, I thought I’d do a “what’s in my self care bag.” A self care bag is a little bag that I keep beside my bed with a few essentials in which I can grab easily in case I am having a bad flare up.
Let’s get into the bag! First up we have the Lush Sleepy Moisturiser. If I am completely honest, I’m not a mega fan of Lavender scents – but, I use this on my chest when I am struggling to sleep. Do you remember using Vick’s vapour rub on your chest when you were younger? Well, I use this like that so the smell puts me to sleep. Obviously it doesn’t always work, but it certainly helps!
I also keep a tub Lush Dream Cream in there. My skin gets really dry and I don’t always have the energy to do a full skin care routine after a shower, so most nights I apply a little bit of this onto my arms and legs to keep my skin feeling soft.
I have a separate bag for my main medication which is also by my bed, however I keep extra pain killers in here so I always have them at hand when needed.
This one is an obvious one, I always keep a charger for my phone or iPad so I can always keep on top of my blogging and admin even if I am struggling to get out of bed.
Easy snacks are usually in my bag too, such as breakfast bars or (my personal favourite) crisps.
I like to keep a book handy too. I love to read and it can be a very welcomed distraction if I am struggling with pain.
I’m going to do a further post about this, but if I am having a flare, the last thing I want to do is a full blown skincare routine. Makeup wipes are useful to remove any makeup that I managed to put on that day or just to generally keep my skin clean.
I like to keep this little tub of Superdrug’s Night Cream in there too. While I can’t always do the indepth skin care like a lot of blogger do due to chronic pain, I find that keeps my skin nice and soft in the meantime. It makes me feel refreshed while it sinks in!
I keep a nail file in here too, just so I can practice a little bit of self care even if I can’t really be bothered to fully paint my nails!
My hands get pretty dry because of my illness and it leaves me with awful skin so I like to attempt to keep my hands nice and smooth. I have a few hand creams which I like to alternate between, but I quite like this one I’m using currently.
Finally, Pillow spray! Again, I really don’t like lavender but I find that this helps calm me down if I am having a particularly hard time getting to sleep.
My pain fluctuates quite a lot, especially while I am in a flare so sometimes I will use these products more than others. Do you have a self care bag? Or do you like the idea of having one?