Top 10 Tips for Self-Care at Home
Covid-19 restrictions have really messed with our social lives, haven’t they? Regardless of whether you’re usually at home, or if current circumstances have forced your hand, it is so very important to incorporate self-care into your schedule.
For some of us, this new way of life has been a blessing in disguise, for others it’s turned our lives completely upside down. So, stay at home parents, essential workers, jobseekers, every one of us doing the best we can with what we have, we may have minimised our social connections, but it’s important that we don’t lose ourselves.
Without further ado, I’m going to share with you my top 10 tips for self-care at home.
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” - Buddha
Sit in the sun
The sun provides Vitamin D, also known as “the sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D is super important for overall health as it can help lower high blood pressure, improve brain function and much more. It also helps boost serotonin levels, which is known as the “happiness hormone”. Even if it’s just sitting and watching the kids play or taking some down time to read a book in the backyard, make sure you don’t neglect your daily dose of sunshine.
Have an at home spa day
Slather on a face mask and take a nice bath with a few drops of relaxing lavender or your favourite essential oil blend, Epsom salts or a detox bath. Manicure, pedicure and pluck those overdue eyebrows; when you look clean and put together, you feel clean and put together. It’s good for the soul!
Drink your favourite herbal tea
Make yourself a nice, hot cup of herbal tea and sit down to enjoy a movie, read a book or Facetime a friend and let the delicious aromas help you overcome stress and settle your mind into a relaxed state.
Go for a walk
Take your dog for a walk, walk with the kids on their bikes around the closest park or just go for a nice solo stroll with headphones in and fresh air all around you. Open your eyes and really take in the scenery. Let the environment clear your mind and heal your soul.
Now, I’m going to interrupt this list to quickly remind you that we all have our own idea of self-care. Things that work for me, may not work for you. If you'd like some further self-care ideas, you can check out this 30-day self-care challenge article by blogger rebechij.
Buy/pick flowers for yourself or someone else
This may sound like a small gesture, but you’d be surprised how happy the mind can become when it sees a bunch of beautiful flowers. Smelling the natural aromas produced by the flowers once they have bloomed is such a lovely way to start your morning.
"Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” - Luther Burbank
Declutter/downsize your wardrobe
Do you feel overwhelmed when looking around your home or in your closet? It may be time for you to sort through your clothes and belongings that you haven’t worn or used in a while and declutter your life. Donate them to your local charity or save them for a friend or someone in need!
Make a delicious smoothie
Blending a healthy smoothie full of your favourite fruits will give you clean energy and help lift your spirits. Simply mix some frozen berries, mango, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, or whatever fruits you feel like.
Put your favourite essential oil in a diffuser
Brighten up your home, office, bedroom, or any other space with an aromatic essential oil. Essential oils will overtake any nasty smells and promote clarity and fulfillment within your busy day. Sit back, relax, and allow the aromas to send you off to your happy place.
"It doesn’t get much greener than essential oils: when used correctly, they are among Mother Nature’s most potent remedies." - Amy Leigh Mercree
Refresh your bed sheets
I don’t know about you, but I change the bedsheets in my household every week. Some of you may say that’s too much, some may say not enough but I find it to be the perfect amount. Especially as we’re coming into the cooler months, they stay fresh a lot longer in comparison to summertime when we tend to sweat much more. For me having clean sheets, a hot shower and washed hair is the perfect combo. Nothing makes me feel fresher and more content before I go to sleep.
Take a nap
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, lie down, set your alarm, turn on some light sleep music and settle in for a good, old nanna nap. I listen to a ‘sleep’ playlist on Spotify every night because it keeps my mind occupied as I’m trying to get to sleep. It allows me to take a break from my mind and mentally recharge a little. I find it hard to take a nap while my son is taking his nap because I see it as my chance to get things done, I always feel better when I do lie down for half an hour or so.
Just remember, it’s important to take care of yourself and others, especially in these times of social isolation. If you’re having trouble getting used to the new norm, please don’t hesitate to speak to your friends or family and ask for support.
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