• SJ

What’s in my Bag for Self-Care?

Updated: Jan 28

7 self-care items I never leave home without: Books, Bottles + Bits!

1. A Book

I always carry a book or some kind of mindful magazine. Your book won’t run out of battery, and regardless of what you tell yourself, you will always find time in the day to read (even if it’s just waiting 5 minutes for the microwave to ding).

It’s also great way to avoid people (shout out to my fellow introverts who like to lunch in quiet).

Your book won’t run out of battery

My current reads:

The Anatomy of Loneliness by Teal Swan

Vagina: a Re-Education by Lynn Enright (Thanks Cat!)

2. My Essences (Vibrational Therapy)

You can find out everything you need to know about Essences right here with a podcast featuring my very own good friend + vibrational therapist Natalia!

In short, essences are a natural liquid preparation of vibrations, usually from flowers + plants, contained in a little bottle with a dropper (normally taken orally but can also be used externally when prescribed).

Essences are based on empowering you through nurture + healing. This involves releasing your ideas, emotions or traumas that may be hindering you from growth.

A unique blend of essences is created just for you, for your life circumstances. I’ve been taking essences for about a year now. I can’t imagine not having them now! My latest bottle is helping me address my gut health + some younger life traumas.

3. CBD Oil

A powerful new form of medical marijuana, without the high


I mainly use it to help stabilise my mood. It’s still rather new for me, but I’ve found it helps both the mental + physical symptoms of anxiety in a very subtle way. So I stay level-headed throughout the day (well, most days!) and helps me relax at night.

Period Pains

When it’s 2am + you’ve spent the last hour moving from a foetal position to bathroom floor, you will bloody appreciate the person who recommends you CBD oil (pun intended). If you’re one of those women who don’t really experience intense period pains + period brain (I’m still not sure you exist but okay), chances are you have a sister, a friend or a daughter who does.

It’s a bitter-sweet topic periods: a sacred, beautiful, time that marks the end to a cycle where our energies turn inward + we can garner a sense of ancient wisdom + connection (albeit, sometimes too intense) + sync up with nature, mother Moon + our own creative lifeforce. It also waves the red not-pregnant flag that so many of us look for!

But bitter can it be; pains, sweats, brain fog, swollen boobs, tummy issues, headaches, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity… the list goes on. While CBD oil won’t cure these symptoms, it certainly can help. It also during PMS with mood + body changes.

Some say it can also help regulate your period clock! If you struggle during that time of the month, find some TLC from CBD. Obviously, like most complementary therapies, make sure to consult your doctor before using CBD oil.

Find out more about CBD Oil at the bottom of this post.

4. A Tote Bag

If in doubt… tote bag. Net, mesh, or a simple tote, a spare bag always comes in handy. You can pop to the shop or carry your jacket without the extra hass.

I love my Lush Fighting Animal Testing Tote Bag, it’s made from organic cotton that supports a women’s cooperative in India, fits way more than you would expect + never loses its shape!

5. Aromatherapy

This lil’ boost of confidence was handmade in Sheffield, by the lovely Yogi + Ayurvedic Specialist Sophia of Unity Yoga. It’s like Beyoncé in a bottle, with a Queen-Blend of luxurious French Tuberose, Rosewood Oils + Botanical Waters.

It’s perfect for when I’m not so feelin’ myself. I simply spray (delay, and walk away...) with that self-love upbeat + body posi-vibe. Tuberose is known for reducing anxiety, balancing the skin, + (my favourite) it’s aphrodisiac properties... #LoveYourself Check it out here.

It’s like Beyoncé in a bottle

6. Lotion & Lip Balm

Speaking of Lush… I never leave home without a lil’ tub of the good stuff: Charity Pot.

It’s a hand + body lotion that comes in, well, very handy. I probably over-wash my hands (thanks to my Nurse Mum, God Save the Clean) so my skin gets dry quite easy. This little lotion comes in a few sizes, but how adorable + convient is this wee 10g tin? - and it’s only £1!

Chazza pot is a rich with lots of beautiful ingredients like Moringa Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter + Fresh Aloe Gel. But best of all, all it’s profits go to the small grassroots charities Lush work with. I usually buy a big tub + refill my cute lil’ tin whenever it runs out.

As for the lips... I tried a lot of lip balms in my time, and let me tell you, you will not run out of a Lush Lip Balm any time soon. I swear the tin just doesn’t empty! My favourite is the Rose Lollipop, it’s like lemonade for your lips: tastes good, feels amazing.

7. Headphones

Lucky number 7...

If they're not on my head, they're in my bag. With music, podcasts or audio books on tap; headphones have become one of the best learning, self-caring and beneficial tools of the 21st century.

Plug in to plug out; headphones can be used to help ground you during stressful times. Whether you’re mid-flow, on the move, or sat in stillness.

Read my Top Tips for Music as a form of Self-Care here, & Find your Emergency Indie playlist.

Hope you've enjoyed this week's What's in My Bag feature. I'd love to hear what you carry with you everyday for your just-in-case self-care fix, DM me!

Some other bits I always carry are snacks, a crystal & a flask of water/tea/coffee.

Happy Mo[o]nday folks,

may your bags be light + filled with good vibes for the week ahead. Remember, always, always

- Handle with Care

Further info on CBD oil:

What is CBD?

CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, which produces hemp + marijuana. It’s extracted from the resin of plant buds + flowers, and diluted with another oil or emulsifier (like coconut oil or sunflower lecithin). Sounds dope, right? But it ain’t... The major difference between CBD + marijuana is that it does not contain THC, the psychoactive compound that makes you feel high.

How does CBD affect the body?

CBD works by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis + help the body adapt to outside stressors.

What are the Benefits?

CBD is known to improve mood disorders by working directly on the brain receptors 5HT1A (serotonin) + GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter), lowering symptoms of anxiety + depression. It is also a super anti-inflammatory, can help decrease chronic pain, aids transmission of neuronal signalling, and can improve gut health (codnitions like leaky gut + IBS).

Handle with Care

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