I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘self care’ recently, and how every other post we see on blogs and social media has something to say about it. I’m sure you’ve read ’10 ways to practice self care’ or something very similar and I wondered how you felt about it? There’s something about the term ‘self care’ that doesn’t sit quite right with me, and I’m not sure it helps women, men or anyone really feel good about the practice of taking care of themselves.
Self Care or Positive Care?
Perhaps the word ‘self’ is to close to the word ‘selfish’ for it to be used in a healthy way. Maybe it resonates far to closely with ego for me to be comfortable using it. I strongly believe that we should all take some time to look after our health and wellbeing, but ‘self care’ just doesn’t seem to inspire me to do it if I’m honest. The very term makes me feel guilty before I’ve even run the hot bath and lit the scented candles. Is it just me that feels like this, or is anyone else struggling with ‘self care’?
Words are an incredibly powerful thing, and I thought that if we changed things up a bit I might start to enjoy taking care of myself a little bit more. This is when I realised that if I started talking about ‘positive care’, that I might actually feel better about taking a few moments to myself to read my magazine and enjoy a nice cup of tea or apply that much needed face mask.
‘Positive Care’ says to me that it’s OK to look after yourself. It doesn’t seem to start those same pangs of guilt as the other phrase we have come so familiar with. I wonder if it’s the words ‘self care’ that have been the biggest hurdle in getting into a good routine of looking after myself. When I think about taking care of myself, I want the message to be a positive one. I don’t want an inner battle with myself about nurturing my health and well being, so I’m definitely going to be adopting the phrase ‘positive care’ from now on.
Nurturing ourselves for our own health and well being, and for those around us, should be part and parcel of our normal routines, yet it makes me sad how many people still struggle with the concept and I suspect the ‘self care’ phenomenon is actually holding us back. I think the words themselves make us feel like it’s a selfish act instead of a healthy and necessary one.
Pink Parcel Subscription Box
One of the times when I really feel that some extra positive care is needed is just before and during my period. I’m sure I’m not alone with that one am I ladies? There are definitely a few days at least where my energy is at an all time low, and my mood is right behind it. Recently I was asked to try out the Pink Parcel subscription box and I was really interested to find out some more about the service and it’s contents. What I really wanted to know was would it inspire me to take some time out for some ‘positive care’, and this is what I thought.
Firstly, the concept is great. Pink Parcel send you a monthly Positivity Parcel packed with everything you need for your period with some beauty items and tasty treats to lift your spirits. I absolutely love the mixed nature and practicality of this subscription box, and I was really excited to open the parcel when it arrived.
Lets get the period talk out of the way first, then we can get to the good stuff. Pink Parcel allows you to select the sanitary brands and products that suit you best, which is perfect. When they arrive there’s a little bag you can pop straight into your handbag to keep you going when you are on the go. You’ll also find the rest of your sanitary products discreetly packaged so they don’t screen ‘I’m on my period’, when the are left in the bathroom. There’s more than enough to see you through a month, and maybe a little bit more.
There were lots of other exciting products inside my Pink Parcel, but please note that these change from monthly box to monthly box. I really enjoyed the ones I received in January though. Here’s what I received:
Bandeeze (RRP £5.95) Cute, long lasting hair ties for kink free hair.
Laritzy Eye Pencil (RRP £18.00) A much needed new eye pencil for perfect definition every time.
Made By Coopers Apothecary Happy Mist (RRP £12.00) This was probably my favourite item in the Pink Parcel subscription. The mood boosting mix of lime, clementine and basil essential oils are perfect for spraying on your pillow at night or for a little boost when you are feeling a little on the low side.
We Are Tea Sample (£2.99 for box of 15 tea bags) As you already know I’m a huge fan of We Are tea so receiving a sample of their peppermint tea was perfect for me. I love a hot cuppa when it’s time to get cosy on the sofa.
Browcote Waterproof Brow Gel (RRP £6.99) My eyebrows can certainly get out of control and this is perfect for taming stray hairs.
Montezuma’s Organic Milk Chocolate Chilli & Lime (RRP £0.99 for 30g) This was the perfect little treat, and the flavour combo was both delicious and satisfying on every level.
Vega Essentials Nutritional Power (RRP £29.99 for 613g) This delicious chocolate shake is packed with 13 essential vitamins and it great by itself or in your favourite smoothie.
I was really impressed with the contents of the Pink Parcel subscription box, and feel it’s a perfect option for women who want to take positive care of themselves. The variety is perfect for people who enjoy beauty and lifestyle products and want the convenience of having their monthly supplies delivered through their letter box.
If you would like to find out more about Pink Parcel and sign up to a monthly subscription just head over to the website. If you want to find out more about the positivity parcel movement, you can follow Pink Parcel on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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