There are many simple and inexpensive things you can do at home for self care and I would like to tell you just a few of the things I share with my clients.
Don’t have a heating pad?
No worries, you can make a microwavable rice pack, simply put uncooked (must be uncooked, no minute rice) into a long sock, you can either sew the open end or simply tie a not in it. Toss it into the microwave for about a minute and a half (depending on your microwave settings) and viola, a heating pad that you can put under your neck, sling over your shoulder, or place at the small of you back.
Imagine the creative rice packs you can make with some of the cute socks from the dollar store!
You can also take a hand towel, moisten it and toss that in the microwave for about a minute depending on your microwave settings, as long as it is damp it will not burn.
Need an ice pack?
Yes, you can put that rice pack in the freezer but when it comes to cold I prefer uncooked kidney beans. You can keep the cold pack either in the fridge or in the freezer.
Some use this same method but on a larger scale by taking pillow cases and sewing horizontal lines and filling the channels with rice then sewing the open end for a large ice pack for the back. You can get creative, have fun with this.
You can also add some herbs such as lavender or rosemary to your rice pack, but over time those can lose their fragrance and can also catch fire in the microwave so I prefer to just add some essential oil if I want a relaxing scent.
Need some self massaging tools?
For the hard to reach places such as the shoulders a tennis ball placed in a long sock and slung over the shoulder can help you roll out those tense shoulders.
You can also place a lacrosse ball or soft ball under you glute muscles and gently roll out any glute tension.
A golf ball can work wonders on tight forearm muscles, simply cup it in your hand and gently rock it back and forth on the muscles of the forearm, you will get a deep tissue massage with minimal effort on your part.
Want a soothing sugar scrub?
You can make your own sugar scrubs at a fraction of the cost of commercial ones. Using your favorite oil, jojoba, olive oil, argan oil, almond oil, etc and mix it into some finely granulated sugar (brown sugar also works great for this) and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Avoid “fragrance” oils as those are synthetic, always look for “essential oils” for use on the body.
You can also do the same thing with salt or sea salt and make a salt scrub.
Keep in mind that the homemade scrubs will not keep as long as commercial ones because you are not using added preservatives or chemicals and oils do go rancid after a while.