Self-care is a term that many of us are used to hearing regularly. It’s a growing trend as people seek to find new ways in which they can take action to improve their lives and emotions. During lockdown, the notion of self-care is becoming even more important as feelings of fear and uncertainty wash over us.
It’s a common misconception that practising self-care takes a lot of time and money, but this isn’t actually the case. The truth is, lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the way we perceive self-care. Now that homes feel more cramped, rooms feel smaller and we have fewer options in terms of where to spend our downtime, self-care has seemingly evolved too.
The effect of isolation on mental health is another important issue that comes with a growing infection rate and global restrictions. This makes self-care more vital than ever if we’re going to emerge from this as happy, well-adjusted people. Here are a few ways that you can practise self-care at home.
1. Mindful eating
What we put into our bodies has a tremendous impact on our emotions and the way we perceive ourselves. Instead of comfort eating, try sticking to a balanced meal plan that fuels your body with everything it needs. Of course, it’s important to practise moderation and not deprive yourself of anything but this is a great time to amp up your healthy eating.
2. Positive thoughts and words
What we think and say we tend to believe. This makes positivity a vital part of practising self-care. When we are limited to staying at home with our loved ones or even alone, it’s common to experience feelings of negativity. These, in turn, become negative words or even actions. Don’t give in to the lockdown dip. We’ve all had our weak days. Instead, focus on what you have to be grateful for over this time and you’ll be sure to have several reasons to stay positive. Remember, we might all be in the same storm but not all of us are in the same boat. Most of us are a lot more fortunate than others.
3. Yoga or meditation
Gentle movement each day can do you the world of good so can taking a quiet moment for yourself. Whilst we’ve already given you some ideas on how to stay fit and healthy during lockdown, don’t underestimate the power of slow, relaxation techniques that help you reset your mind. There are guided meditation podcasts that are great for those who would prefer to be led. Get some ideas here.
4. Switching off devices
The internet is bursting with bad news, often more so than good. This can have a terrible impact on your emotional health. Instead of becoming consumed by the headlines, why not limit your time spent online and on your various devices? This will help you switch off at the end of the day and clear your mind a little. For those feeling anxious, this will do the world of good.
5. Home spa treatments
Some of us might be missing those pamper trips to the local spa or salon. One benefit of lockdown is the money we’re saving on such spoils. Whilst this is definitely a luxury, you can enjoy the same benefits at home. Why not try these face masks?
Hydrating Face Mask:• 1 Tablespoon of Greek Yoghurt • 1 Teaspoon of Oatmeal (Just blend up some oats otherwise) • 1 Teaspoon of Honey
Mix this all together, slather it on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. The probiotics and lactic acid will help your skin feel really soft.
Glow Face Mask:• Half a Banana (mashed) • 1 Tablespoon of Honey • 1 Tablespoon of fresh Orange Juice
Mix all together and spread onto your face. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off, drying your face and applying a moisturiser. The enzymes in the banana will give you soft skin and a great glow.
6. Early bedtime
It’s as simple as this… sleep. Don’t be tempted to stay up late watching television or scrolling through newsfeeds. Get the rest you need so that you can take on tomorrow as your best self. If you need a little help falling asleep, reading before bed can help, as does a cup of chamomile tea. Remember that meditation we spoke about earlier? Some people find this helpful before they go to sleep.
Over this difficult time, we hope you’re all taking care of yourselves and each other. As always, we wish you health, safety and happiness.