Treat Yourself: Self-Care Items That Will Improve Your Life

Treat yourself to self-care gifts that will improve your life.


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Who says that celebrating love is only for people in relationships? The Greeks have seven words for love and they didn’t skimp on self-love or philautia, as the Greeks would say. It’s just as important to fill your cup before you pour into someone else’s so, this Valentine’s Day, practice some much-needed self-care and #treatyourself with these items.

Get a personal trainer on your phone

Your body is a temple, or a wonderland according to John Mayer. Whether you’re looking to do more at-home workouts or want to have a reliable workout routine while jet-setting, the Future app customizes workouts for your lifestyle. Now you can have a personal trainer right in the palm of your hands, no matter where in the world you are.

Invest in a good night’s sleep

Not getting enough sleep can quite literally take years off your life. Multiple studies suggest that sleeping five hours or less each night could increase your mortality risk by as much as 15%. Nothing is better for you than a good night’s rest, so this is a good excuse to invest in your health with a new mattress. Comfortable, affordable, and receiving rave reviews, the Zinus cooling memory foam mattress won’t break the bank or your back.

Quality sheets

Of course, you can’t get a new mattress and skimp out on the sheets. Treat yourself to a quality set of sheets so you can catch some Zs and dream up your next vacation. This Mellanni sheet set has more than 335,000 reviews on Amazon and is rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars. The best part? The set is on sale for $34.97 right now.

Silk pajamas from Lunya

Just because a lot of these self-care items are focused on the hours we spend in bed, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t still thinking about sleeping in style. Nothing makes me fancier than a matching silk pajama set. I bought one to get me excited to go to bed and do my nightly wind-down routine. Lunya makes adorable, and most importantly, incredibly comfortable washable silk sets.

Support the girls with Pepper bras

Nothing screams self-love like taking care of the girls. Pepper bras are specifically designed for small boobs so they flatter and lift your ta-tas with the *perfect* fit. This Valentine’s Day, shop Pepper’s Self-Love collection featuring new, limited edition colors in bold pinkish-reds and soft pastels. New customers get $20 off of their first order of $120 or more.

Nail down your morning skincare routine with Drunk Elephant

Though I just listed three sleep products in a row, equally as important is a morning routine. The Wake-Up Haul Kit by Drunk Elephant has you covered with all your daytime skincare creams and lotions. Start your day off right with this kit and even toss it in your carry-on – it’s compliant with the TSA liquids rule.

Protect your skin with La Roche-Posay

Sometimes self-care means doing the little things on the daily so that it helps you decades later. One of the most important things you can do to be kind to your skin every day. Add a quality sunscreen to your cart, like this one by La Roche-Posay, ASAP. You’ll thank us in 40 years when you’re not a shriveled-up prune.

A lifetime subscription to Dollar Flight Club

Daily walks and drinking lots of water are essential daily self-care routines, but I swear taking a trip adds 5 years to my life. It’s even better when I score a flight deal like the ones Dollar Flight Club sends to those who sign up for a lifetime membership, now only $119!

Book a wellness getaway

Sometimes the best trips are the ones where you spend all weekend in your hotel, especially when the hotel is a resort and spa in one. Gift yourself a relaxing weekend and book a stay at one of our favorite wellness resorts.

Nourish your body with the help of Our Place

One of my favorite ways to take better care of myself is by nourishing my body with yummy foods. When I’m not traveling the world, I love to cook. And, not to be cheesy, I still get excited pulling out my pots and pans by Our Place. They make me feel like a professional chef even if I can’t ever successfully recreate my favorite cacio e pepe I eat every time I’m in Rome.

Start using a habit tracker

One of the most life-changing things I’ve done that has improved my life tenfold was buying my first habit tracker. That was about five years ago and I’m still committed to using it every day. My habit tracker helps me make sure I finish all those little things that are easy to forget and also helps me reflect on how I did with my goals each month. Plus, who doesn’t love checking off boxes? Here’s a quick and dirty guide to using your first habit tracker.

Practice daily gratitude

Cheer up, Eeyore. Positive people live longer so take a walk on the positive side of life. One thing that helps me focus on the positive is taking a little time out of my day to write down what I’m grateful for. I keep a gratitude journal and just take one or two minutes each day to be intentional about what I’m thankful for.

Look inward with a self-reflection journal

Introspection and checking in with yourself are key to intention and goal-setting. I really enjoy the Burn After Writing and Self Discovery journals by Sharon Jones. She challenges you to be as honest with yourself as you can and leave any fear of judgment at the metaphorical door.

Sit back and relax with a foot spa massager

If you travel as much as our team does, you probably suffer from tired feet as often as we do. Walking along cobblestoned streets of Europe or even the sandy beaches of the Caribbean can wear a person out so give yourself the gift of more pedicures and foot spa massager.

Try out a meditation app

Sure, a spa day or a relaxing vacation can provide instant stress relief, but what makes or breaks good mental health is practicing healthy daily habits. Apps like Calm and Headspace give users a way to check in with themselves by implementing better daily habits that help people reduce anxiety, regulate their mood, and sleep better.

Honorable mentions

  • Flex your brain muscles and read more this year with a Kindle that features adjustable warm light.
  • Try out the Marigold app to build up your self-confidence with personalized programs that focus on being your best self.
  • Depuff your skin with a face ice roller.

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