These truly are uncertain and unprecedented times. But, as the reality sets in that we might be staying inside for longer than initially expected, we can try and find a silver lining. Besides having more time with your family, and finally having no excuse not to finish that book or tv series you started six months ago, now is as good a time as ever to show yourself some love!
What we mean by this is take some time out of your day to take care of yourself. Here are just a few examples of simple stay at home self-care ideas to keep yourself feeling and looking great during these stressful times.
Take a Bath
Yeah, this one is simple, but it works. Sit back and relax, light some candles, have a glass of wine, this is your time. A bath can be a great tool to calm your mind and relax your nerves. Combined with some Epsom salts, and you can naturally reduce yourself of pain and inflammation just by sitting back and soaking it all in!
Taking some time to clear your head can go a long way, especially if you are stuck inside. It can be tiring to see the same things every day, and not much more. Clearing some space and giving yourself 10-15 mins to just stretch and move your body can go a long way to re-energize you. Stretching can help to stimulate blood circulation, increase your flexibility, and help relieve tension. This even helps bring more oxygen to your muscles, which can aid in the reduction of lactic acid production and rid your muscles of any lactic acid build-up!
Go to Bed Early
Nothing to watch on Netflix? You already binge-watched the Office twice since social distancing was recommended? Why not go to bed early? Getting enough sleep is crucial to staying healthy and looking your best. Kill two birds with one stone, and hit the hay.
The Bedroom is Not for Work!
Using your bedroom as an office can have some seriously negative psychological effects. It can become hard to remove the emotions associated with your work from spaces in your home. Ideally, you would keep work outside of the bedroom so that it can remain a place of calmness and relaxation.
Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer constantly can be seriously tough on your skin. Before your hands get dry and start to peel, implementing a regular moisturizing routine can keep your skin soft and smooth. But, why stop with your hands? Take this time to moisturize and treat your whole body to a luxurious treat.
Also remember to use products with SPF, even if you are staying inside for most of the day – UVA light can penetrate window glass. That means that you still are at risk for premature aging and even skin cancer, so don’t forget to check for SPF.
Wash & Exfoliate Your Face
Washing your face is a great way to freshen up and wake yourself up. Even if you are not exposed to the typical outdoor elements like usual, or wearing makeup, it’s still important to wash your face daily. In addition, exfoliating a few times a week is a great way to remove and prevent oil, debris, bacteria, and dead skin build-up, which can lead to break-outs.
Remember to avoid touching your face, so if you are someone who does so frequently regularly washing your face will be critical to staying healthy and preventing sickness.
Try Some DIY Skin Treatments
Most people’s pantries are full of awesome ingredients that can be hugely beneficial to your skin. Check online for DIY skin treatments you can make and apply at home using what you have in your kitchen. There are tons of cool masks, treatments, scrubs and more you can make – giving you a fun activity to kill some time with a beneficial end result.
Apple cider vinegar can be used in tons of DIY treatments and has been said to help alleviate eczema and acne, fade fine lines, and make skin appear brighter and more youthful!
Sometimes you just gotta sweat it out. Even if you can’t go to the gym there are tons of great ways to get a quality work-out from home. Check out our article here if you need some inspiration for home workouts you can do without any equipment.
Clear out the Clutter
Now is a great time to clean out some clutter from around your home. Go through your closet, make-up collection, wherever you are generating clutter and excess junk and clean that out! Throw away (or recycle) old or expiring make-up, cleaning products, old magazines whatever you have built up around the home and don’t need.
Show Your Cuticles Some Love
Everyone already knows how to get their nails looking great, but are you taking the proper care of your cuticles? Most dermatologists do not recommend cutting your cuticles, as they protect both your nails and the skin surrounding them from infection. If you do cut the cuticle, it’s easier for bacteria and germs to get inside, which can lead to an infection.
If you do still want to cut them, make sure to soften them first, and push them back before trimming.
The easiest way to care for your cuticles is to simply soak your hands and feet in soapy, warm water for around 10 minutes every couple of days. This will help soften the cuticle and keep your nails clean. If you want to go one step forward, you can also apply cuticle oil and massage cream. Moisturize your cuticles regularly to prevent dryness and cracking.
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