At a stressful time like this, it’s so important to include some self-care into your day. For some, like those who have kids at home, there may only be a few minutes in the day to fit in self-care, while others may have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. Whatever time you have available to you, adding in some self-care activities is a great way to take care of your mental and physical health while you’re at home.
Enjoy a bath
Baths are one of the easiest ways to relax and sinking into a hot bathtub is an instant stress reliever for many. You can enjoy a regular bath, or super charge it with things like baking soda or Epsom salts for extra relaxation.
Do a facemask
A facemask is a super easy way to pamper yourself in just a few minutes, and your skin will thank you for it. You can go with a store-bought variety or try a DIY version with nourishing foods you have right in your kitchen like avocados, honey, yogurt, and aloe. Take a quick search online to find a mask that’s best suited for your skin type.
Improve your sleep
Who amongst us couldn’t use some more sleep? Now is the perfect time to not only catch up on sleep, but also to set yourself up on a better sleep schedule. Getting enough sleep is more important than ever in stressful times like this and creating good sleep habits now can really help you out in the long run.
Start sticking to a regular sleep schedule by waking up and going to bed at the same time every day, and your body will naturally adapt to this schedule. You’ll set up a healthy sleep schedule that you’ll have for the long term.
Read a book
If you’ve been on a Netflix binge lately, switch things up and read a book instead! Reading is something that often gets pushed aside in the busyness of everyday life, but this down time gives us an opportunity to pick up a book again.
Try an online workout video
Getting in some daily exercise can do wonders for your not only your physical health, but also your mental health, but with gyms being closed, we may not have access to our usual way of exercising. Luckily, there are tons of free exercise videos available online. YouTube is a great place to get free videos, and many gyms and fitness studios are currently streaming free videos on Facebook and Instagram live.
Start a meditation practice
Another great way to stay centered and calm during this time is with a meditation practice. These days, there are so many great resources online that can help you get started with your practice. You can find tons of meditation videos on YouTube and various meditation apps, and just like workout videos, many studios are currently live streaming meditation classes to help people through this stressful time.
Of course, you don’t need to go online to meditate either! Just take a seat and begin focusing on your breath, and let the tension melt away.
Learn a new skill
We all have that running list in our heads of “things we’ll do when we can find the time,” and guess what? We finally have the time! Choose a couple of skills that you’ve been wanting to try and start learning. Cooking, baking, sewing, photography, playing an instrument, learning a new language- there are so many fun skills to pick up, and there are lots of great free resources online to help you get started.
Talk to a therapist or life coach
Prioritizing your mental health at a time like this is so important and speaking with a professional who can help you navigate through this can be so helpful. While most practitioners aren’t currently able to see clients in person, many offer online sessions, so it’s a great way to talk to someone without having to leave your home.
Journaling is such a therapeutic practice that can really help you to relieve stress and work through your emotions. Try not to censor your writing too much and instead just let your thoughts flow out onto your page or keyboard. You may be surprised at some of the thoughts and emotions that come out in your journaling session, and it can feel like an emotional detox to let these feelings out.
Call your friends and family
Being cut off from our social circles can be very isolating, and scheduling in regular FaceTime or phone calls is a great way to feel connected with your friends and family. We’ve seen lots of people get creative with this too and host everything from wine and cheeses to trivia nights, all online.
Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your well being. Depending on what’s available to you right now, this may mean going for a walk around the park, getting out into your backyard, or even just sitting on your balcony. The important thing isn’t how you get outside, but rather that you get outside.
Deep clean your home
Okay, we get that cleaning may not exactly feel like self-care, but ensuring that your home is clean and taken care of can do wonders for your state of mind. Especially now that we are all spending so much time in our homes, it’s more important than ever that we take care of our space. With this extra time on our hands, now is a great time to do a good deep clean and get at those spots we normally miss, like washing the baseboards, cleaning out your freezer, or clean your pillows and comforter. There are lots of unexpected spots around the home that can use a good cleaning, so why not take advantage of the extra time and tackle them now.
Declutter your home
Another household task that will leave your space feeling so much cleaner and fresher is to declutter. Getting rid of things around the home you no longer want, need, or use can feel so invigorating and leave your space feeling spacious and clean. You don’t have to do it all at once either- choose one room to work through per day, and your home will be fully decluttered before you know it.
Have you been dreaming of redecorating but haven’t gotten around to doing it? Now is the perfect time! While you may not be able to get out to stores, you can shop online, or make a plan for your new décor and then purchase once businesses are running as usual.
A simple way to redecorate your room is with a new set of bedding! Our new linen collection is the perfect way to add a fresh look to your bedroom, or try one of our classic organic cotton sets, available in a variety of colors.