Pampering during a pandemic.
What can you do to create a self-care practice at home? Plenty!
That’s right—just because your favourite wellness ritual may be unavailable, you don’t need to say so long to self-care. At times like this it’s important than ever to spend some time focusing on yourself. There are countless practices and habits you can develop to calm and pamper your mind, body, and soul.
Savor that sleep
It may seem basic, but sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off illnesses. Most of us need between 7-9 hours of sleep so make sure you’re getting enough z’s.
Good hydration is another essential in self-care. When you’re stuck at home and less active than usual, it’s easy to forget about fluid intake. However just like sleep, your body needs lots of liquids to stay in top form. Dry, dehydrated skin is also more prone to wrinkles and fine surface lines due to shrinkage of cells in the top layer of the skin. So if that’s not a good reason to stay hydrated I don’t know what it.
Clear the Chaos
If you’re home more than usual, you may be feeling a bit trapped—and those overflowing drawers, crowded wardrobes, and stuffed kids toy baskets aren’t helping at all. Studies have found that women who described their homes as cluttered and stressful were more depressed than those who described them as restorative spaces. For some help organising your home Marie Kondo to the queen clearing the chaos in your home.
Put on a Mask
No, not the ones we have in every bag and jacket pocket these days. We’re talking a feel-good face mask that moisturizes your skin and tightens your pores. You can make your own or try our geranium 3 in 1 power cleanser. It’s also a good excuse to lock yourself in the bathroom and have 5 minutes peace!
The Power of Positivity
Are you a glass half-empty or half-full sort of person? Studies have demonstrated that both can impact your physical and mental health and that being a positive thinker is the better of the two. Positive thinking isn’t magic and it won’t make all of your problems disappear. What it will do is make problems seem more manageable and help you approach hardships in a more positive and productive way.
Feeling sluggish? Whether you’re in a rut mentally or physically, movement can help. Exercise is critical to good health, and it helps reduce your stress in addition to toning your muscles. You don’t need access to a gym to perform a full-body workout – even take the dog for a walk in the fresh air will do you good.
Whilst we love having you here, the internet and social media especially can be a pretty stressful place, and one that’s tough to turn off. We’re advocates of logging off of all your devices and doing something different; take a walk, call a friend, or cook something new. So, turn of your phone, shut down that laptop and luxuriate in some precious time to yourself. And don’t worry—we’ll be here when you’re refreshed and ready to come back!