So by now I can imagine that we are all suffering from a serious case of cabin fever and want out of the house. Here in Alabama we are currently under a mandated Safer At Home act that includes wearing masks and continuing to practice social distance. This means that most social events and events where large crowds may gather are limited. While all of these measures are great to reduce the chances of a potential COVID 19 outbreaks, it really pushes you to create hobbies and explore to outdoor activities. This makes for a great time to implement a consistent self-care routine. Here are a few self-care ideas that you could implement right away.
Physical Exercise/ Fitness
Establishing a physical exercise routine is extremely important at this time. I know you rolled your eyes after this statement but it is true! Exercise does not only improve your physical body it also encourages emotional balance and is a great stress reliever. Moving your body for 20-30 minutes a day can drastically improve your mood and provide you with energy.
Personal Grooming/ Skin Care
Providing your skin and overall body with some much needed TLC is very important. Grab a loofah and some body scrub and start exfoliating your body. Give yourself a facial and try those amazing clay masks. Establish a consistent skincare routine that improves problem areas on the face and body or schedule an actual facial from a licensed aesthetician. If you need assistance with where to begin, research various YouTube channels that focus on skin care recommendations with before and after content.
Dust off those journals, get those art supplies out of the back of the closet, tend to that overgrown garden, or find those adult coloring books and pencils. This may be a great time to explore some new hobbies. Take a virtual cooking class, visit an outdoors vineyard to become inspired, start a fall garden, use a color by number coloring book, start a home improvement project, take your easel outdoors and be inspired to paint a beautiful portrait. If all fails, take a trip to Hobby Lobby and I am sure you will come up with something creative.
Attend an outdoors retreat or Yoga session
Another great idea to practice self-care during this time will be to attend a yoga or outdoors retreat. I have seen several promotions for outdoors yoga at my local gym and within the community. There are also a ton of free yoga videos online that you can also do at home with a mat. Yoga encourages mindful breathing and assists with stretching muscles to make your more relaxed. My favorite YouTube Yoga instructor is Yoga with Adrienne. She is absolutely amazing for beginners!
Book a Massage/ Chiropractic visit
OMG have you ever had a deep tissue massage? If you haven't I absolutely encourage you to do so. The first massage may not be as comfortable if you are sensitive to touch but your second visit should be better. Most massage therapists have an eclectic massage list that includes hot rock massages, deep tissue, spot massages, zen sessions, Swedish massages and even acupuncture. Do yourself a favor and search Groupon for a massage session and I can assure you that you will likely include this into your self-care routine permanently.
I hope you will use these suggestions to activate a healthy self-care routine and actually apply it to your daily life to prevent emotional disturbances and to improve your overall health and happiness .