Hope everyone has been doing well. I am grateful that the first day of spring is fast approaching (I even have a countdown on the front of the blog website) and the days are starting to feel longer! Even though my internal clock has been a little off, I am grateful to have the sun shining longer. For those of you in the midst of the snowpocalypse on the east coast, please stay safe and warm! This is a fantastic time for self-care, especially the warm and cozy kind. 🙂
As you may have noticed, I am a big supporter of self-care and engaging in mental, spiritual, and physical activities that make you feel better. One of the new self-care strategies I’ve recently tried is a subscription box. I have heard of people getting subscription boxes for razors, geeky gear, beauty products, coffee, spices, etc, but I really wanted to get one that would be focused on self-care. That’s when I came across calmbox, a monthly subscription box that promotes mindfulness and self-care. The subscription box includes 5-8 carefully selected items that may range from inspiring books, music, tea, candles, natural minerals and crystals, aromatic herbs, motivational reminders, physical de-stressers, and much more. Even better, a portion of the proceeds from the monthly subscription goes to a different organization or charity selected for that month.
I decided to make this a Valentine’s Day gift to myself (treat yo’self!) and subscribed in February. I received it on Valentine’s Day, which was perfect timing not only because of the particular day, but because it was during a time when a pick-me-up would have been very much appreciated. Receiving the calmbox was like a perfectly timed reminder that I needed to take a moment to slow down and take care of myself.
I literally used every single item that was included in the box. I (still) read from the Self-meditation book every day since it includes tips and reminders for mindfulness. I light the incense cones on days when I feel especially tense since the smell of sandalwood, lavender, and geranium instantly produces a feeling of calm (and makes the home smell amazing). The tea tree mint soap made my morning showers more calming and the essential oils in the soap with the steam was like a home spa treatment. I loved lighting the lavender candle at night to help promote better sleep. I had the lavender + chamomile tea packets whenever I felt like reading a book and cozying up in bed. The lemon and raspberry hard candies were instantly consumed by my boyfriend and I and were so addicting that i’ll likely always have these in the apartment at all times. 🙂 I love knowing that I have all these calming products during those days that stress will play a big role. I see it as a way of treating myself and feel excited knowing that i’ll have a little box of surprises (in a positive way) coming my way every month. Having something to look forward can always help brighten the mood.
As March approached, I was eagerly awaiting for the “your calmbox is on its way!” e-mail so I could keep track of when it would arrive. It arrived earlier this week and contained a new set of awesomely mindful products that i’ll be using on a daily basis this month.
Every box comes with a cute information card that describes each item in the box and also has a nice mindfulness reminder/intention to think about. 🙂
I am so excited to use these products! It’s nice knowing that I have treated myself to a self-care package and will have a great set of items that’ll help with those (inevitable) days when I need a little pick-me-up.
Interested in trying out calmbox? Get your first box for $5 off by using the coupon code NINA.
Hope you all have a fantastic rest of your week and have a fun St. Patrick’s Day!