The Most Valuable Self-Care Tools You Already Have at Home

Self-care doesn’t have to be pricey or complicated to be effective. Here’s five things you already have in your house that can help you be well and feel swell.

1. A doorframe

This is a great place for stretching your shoulders, building skills for hanging, and even for self-massage. Just imagine a bear and a tree (specifically Baloo from Jungle Book) and find what feels good.

2. A bathtub

Okay, okay, I know that not everyone has a tub in their home and even if you do, it is the eternal quest of every woman to find a tub that covers your chest and legs simultaneously. So if the tub is too frustrating or even non-existent, grab your largest mixing bowl (or a plastic storage tub) and soak your feet only. Whether you’re doing a foot bath or a full soak, you can add Epsom salts to ease sore muscles and whatever essential oils you enjoy. I like to combine Epsom salts and lavender oil - it’s so relaxing!

3. A wall

If you have a roof over your head, chances are, there’s a wall holding it up. Maybe you use the wall for handstand practice or in conjunction with your therapy balls for some feel good self-massage. You can also just lie down and throw your legs up the wall. Maybe put your hips on a folded blanket or pillow to make it extra cush. I like to set a timer for about five minutes and practice taking slow, deep breaths. This is a great way to make the shift from work to home and also to prepare to use the next self-care tool on our list…

4. A bed

The BEST self-care strategy around is to aim for six to eight hours spent right here. Most of life’s challenges are easier to face after a good night’s sleep. Eliminate distracting screens from the room and add things that feel relaxing and luxurious ((art, flowers, pillows). If I’m feeling a little wired, I’ll put a few drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and place it on the night stand next to my bed. When you wake up in the morning, make your bed. Use it as a mindfulness practice and try not to rush. It can help boost your mood! Need help winding down at night? Try this meditation for relaxation.

5. A pen and some paper

You don’t have to be a great writer to journal - you don’t even need to write in complete sentences! Make a pact with yourself that you’ll never let anyone read what you write (not even yourself!). Good times for journaling are just before bed or right after waking. Before bed can be a nice time to download your day and whatever other thoughts are going through your head. At one point when I was having trouble sleeping, a therapist recommended I write five bullet points before bed. It really did help me clear my head and rest easier. In the morning you can write down any interesting dreams you experienced. If you’re like me and you wake up with a todo list already a brewing, morning pages can be a great way to organize your thoughts, clarify your goals, and set intentions for the day ahead.

Did I miss anything? What other common household items (or structures) can be used to enrich your simple self-care routine?