Because of the recent world events, a lot of people have found themselves at home more than normal. Now, this personally doesn’t bother me in the slightest, however, I am a total homebody at heart (and I’ve had a lot of practice). We all need to be aware that this uncertain time will have a big impact on everyone’s mental health.
I’ve already popped a post up on some tips about how to stay happy at home and I’m also using stories/posting daily on Instagram at the moment because (again, this is personal preference), I am using that online space for inspiration and most importantly, escapism.
I wanted to share a few thoughts about how you could continue to look after yourself from home if you’re feeling a bit out of sorts at the moment.
Don’t Feel Trapped
I really recommend continuing to do workouts, whether that’s a brisk walk, a jog or run or home workout. As long as you’re distancing yourself from people, you can still leave the house (at this moment in time). We’re in quite a unique situation as well as we’re not totally self-isolating as I live with Elliot and my parents. If there was ever a time to have a workout buddy, it’s now!
Alice Liveing’s account on Instagram is one of my favourites to follow as she posts some really easy to follow workouts that are generally free of equipment.
It goes without saying that this is the perfect time to get a bit relaxed with your appearance. I don’t mean stay in your PJs all the time with unwashed hair (although, you do you). I mean have alll the make up free days you want. Try to increase the distance between hair washes, pop a hair mask in and leave it in all day. Try the Curly Girl method.
Have a morning bath and pop some loungewear on. Experiment with new/different skincare products without the worry that they’ll break you out. Grow out your eyebrows before giving them a proper trim/groom at home. Why not spend some time practicing your eyeliner skills or trying out some new make up looks?
Self-care doesn’t always have to be about face masks, baths and exercise, most of the time it’s not. If you need to stay in your PJs on the sofa for half a day then do it. I’ve always found that taking some time for myself, away from everyone else and having some quiet time always helps me. That could be soaking in the bath, reading a book or sitting down, in another room with a cup of tea and some youtube videos.
I think self-care is mainly about being in tune with yourself and your body and knowing when you need to take some time for yourself. It almost doesn’t even matter what you do, it’s the act of knowing you need that time to take care of you which is important.
I think one of the most important bits of advice I could give, is to stay informed, but limit your social media intake as this is where the most misinformation and scare-mongering happens. Limit the time that you have the news on too but stay informed on what is happening from reliable sources.
Any tips or self-care advice?