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Do you identify yourself as a member of titas of Manila? If yes, you’re probably the mother friend of the group who’s always taking care of other people. While it’s nice to be there for others, you need to take time to take care of yourself, too. 

According to Forbes Magazine, self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. It also promotes a healthy work-life (or school-life, if you’re still studying) balance, and helps you manage stress better. Amid the ongoing pandemic, every smart tita should invest in herself to handle everything on her plate with ease and have a happier overall disposition. 

With that said, here are some self-care kit essentials every smart and savvy tita should have:

Hand sanitizer and alcohol

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Cleanliness is next to godliness, and every tita needs a bottle or more of hand sanitizers and alcohol. Whether you’re a germaphobe or not, it’s absolutely essential to keep clean and for your peace of mind especially if you have to leave the house. 

Essential oils

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Whether you need a little something to relax, relieve back pain, put your mind at ease or refresh yourself, essential oils are handy tools for every tita. They’re like miracle workers in tiny, portable bottles. The kind (or kinds because the more, the merrier, right?) you would need to tote would depend on your personal needs. 

Hand or portable fan

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In a tropical country like the Philippines, it’s a must to have a hand fan or portable fan with you to beat the heat and stay cool. Portable battery-powered fans require less effort, but if you’re not very tech-savvy, you can opt for a good ‘ol pamaypay. 

Mints or lozenges

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You never know where life takes you or whoever you’ll end up meeting or seeing. That’s why every tita should keep her breath fresh at all times with some mints or lozenges in her arsenal. They’re also handy when you need a little boost to soothe you.

One of the Big Four

Choose your fighter: Katinko, Efficascent Oil, White Flower or Vicks VapoRub. Useful to relieve headaches, back pain, or whether you need a little aromatherapy, these products are portable must-haves for every tita. 

What’s great about these tita essentials is that they’re compact to fit even tiny purses. They’re also affordable, and accessible. You can even order them via Shopee or Lazada. Taking care of yourself is a must even after the pandemic, so always take time for yourself, and do whatever makes you happy.


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