Postpartum is a difficult time for many different reasons. One of those reasons is because mothers often forget to take care of themselves. We may go multiple days without a shower, brushing our hair or washing our face. A mental wellness basket is a great way to be reminded to take the 30 seconds to partake in self-care throughout the day.
What is a Postpartum Mental Wellness Basket?
A postpartum mental wellness basket is a collection of items that encourage and remind mothers to engage is self care. This is something you can (and should!) make for yourself prior to giving birth or it is something you can put together for a friend. It should be placed somewhere that you frequent multiple times a day such as on the bathroom counter.
If you are making one for yourself - put your favorite items in it! This can include your favorite chapstick, tea, or body oil. I encourage people to also put items in that are shown to enhance our mental wellness such as dark chocolate, aromatherapy oils, or affirmation cards. Whatever will help you get through the day with some joy - put that in.
20 Items you can include:
Affirmation Cards (make your own or purchase some)
Gift Cards to your Favorite online Stores
Calming Face Wash or Face Oil (I make my own with lavender & Tea Tree Oil)
Eye Mask or Warming Eye Pillow
Healing Bath Bomb
Jade Face Roller
Meditation or Mindfulness cards
Cards from Friends
A Mental Wellness basket is a must for postpartum but you also may want to make one for a difficult season in life or to have all the time!