Updated: Apr 21, 2020
Isolation may not be what you had envisioned for 2020, but let's use it as an opportunity to take care of ourselves. I want to share my ultimate Selfcare guide with you.
It’s a challenging time in the world at the moment and it’s never been more important to take care of ourselves mentally and physically. Whether you’re stuck in isolation alone or with a partner/family who are driving you up the wall (it happens to the best of us).
WHAT IS SELFCARE?
Selfcare has become a bit of a buzzword in the beauty and wellness industry, but what does it really mean? Well I think it means something different for everyone.
For example, my ideal #selfcare day would look a little something like this… a morning workout, sitting in the sunshine sipping on coffee, sitting down to do my #makeup, putting on a nice outfit, watching my favourite beauty/lifestyle vloggers on YouTube, making myself yummy meals, ending the day with a pampering shower, some chocolate and red wine. A literal DREAM. Though for others it may look completely different.
Really, selfcare is essentially looking after yourself and doing things to make yourself happy and lower your stress. Stress is extremely detrimental, yet it seems we continue to live in this world that favours a “Hustle Hard” mentality. I would argue that lowering your stress actually makes you more productive, it’s about using your time efficiently and effectively whilst also taking care of your #mentalhealth. I don’t know about you but I certainly can’t think straight when I’m super stressed. Not to mention that stress and lack of sleep are the biggest contributors to ageing, and I don’t spend all of this money on #skincare for nothing!!
HOW DO I START?
I would just start with small steps if you’re stretched for time, but I have a feeling everyone’s calendars are pretty free at the moment… Either way start with taking a bath or long shower and BREATHE! You’d be surprised how often we forget to take full breaths, it’s probably my favourite mindfulness technique if I ever feel stressed or restless.
GIRL YOU GOT OPTIONS
MOVE YOUR BODY
Whether it’s a chilled-out walk, an intense HIIT #workout or dancing around your kitchen, moving your body is so important! Particularly during this lockdown period as it’s likely we’re pretty sedentary for the remainder of the day. Exercise releases endorphins (or happy hormones) that can help to lift your mood and relieve stress, it also actually gives you more energy – a no brainer if you ask me.
COOK YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL
If you’re a foody like me then this is a sure-fire way to lift your spirits. Cooking can be quite therapeutic in itself and I don’t know about you but when I’ve made something delicious it gives me a sense of accomplishment – plus the pure enjoyment of yummy food. Mine would be some sort of pasta variation with copious amounts of cheese!
CURL UP WITH A BOOK
This might not be for everyone, but I love reading, particularly educational or self-improvement books. Not the airy-fairy types but I’m talking law of attraction, building businesses, how to think big and the Skincare Bible is a firm favourite of mine. I think it’s important to keep learning and challenging yourself and reading is pretty relaxing.
WATCH A FUNNY MOVIE
Laughter is the best medicine... well that’s what we’ve always been told, and I firmly agree. I love nothing more than sitting down and laughing my ass off at a funny movie. If you team that with some chocolate and wine you’re onto a winner. I guarantee this will lift your mood and #relax you.
JOURNAL & MEDITATE
Now I know what you’re probably thinking. I was a sceptic at first. But I promise you that journaling and #mindfulness is truly life changing. You don’t need to journal about anything specific, think of it more as letting your thoughts run away with you, you might even be surprised with where it takes you. I journal every evening and most of the time I write down about my day and any stressful thoughts I may have had during the day that I might think about before I sleep. Once I get it out on paper, I really feel like I can let it go and it doesn’t feel like such a big problem anymore. Just try it out. Then I started meditating for just 5 minutes before bed as I’ve always struggled to fall asleep. I use the #Headspace app and it’s incredible, there are countless guided meditations. I tend to choose one that focuses on controlled breathing but there are countless options.
PICK UP A HOBBY
Now this one is totally up to you, but essentially, it’s just doing something you thoroughly enjoy. For me it’s anything related to makeup and skincare, I love nothing more than sitting down and spending 2-3 hours on a creative makeup look. That may sound like hell to others but that’s why this one is individual to you. If you don’t already have a hobby you have plenty of time to pick one up!
CLEAN… YEP YOU HEARD RIGHT
Now, I know I know this one doesn’t sound quite as exciting, but honestly there is something so satisfying about cleaning. Plus, your environment is so important, a messy environment can make your mind feel messy, catch my drift? This is especially relevant during lockdown as we’re spending more time than usual in our homes.
I’ve been using all of this extra time to organise my clothes; go through anything I no longer need and do a deep spring clean. It gives you purpose in a time you might be struggling to find it AND means you get to relax in a spotless home – sounds like a win win to me.
GO GET EM
I hope these tips have been helpful and motivated you to practice your own selfcare. I tend to do a weekly Sunday Selfcare evening, it always helped override that dreaded Sunday feeling (I know you get it too). Whatever you choose to do make sure you take the time, enjoy it, stay safe and stay home! Let me know in the comments below what your selfcare routine looks like so we can share ideas.
Lot of love