It’s been 3 months since lockdown began and for many of us, this new way of life is taking its toll. Our usual freedoms are gone and won’t be returning for a while, leaving many people feeling a bit down and anxious. Today, I’m going to share my self-care tips to give us all a bit of a boost in lockdown. Always remember to take some time for yourself ♡
1 – Have a Pamper
When I say the words “self-care” the first thing that probably comes to mind is a pamper. I find this is the best way to de-stress and relax. Take some time to have a long bubble bath and freshen up, and treat yourself with your favourite bath bomb, face mask and moisturiser. Use this time to really take care of yourself; brush your hair thoroughly, moisturise your body and face, and even paint your nails. If you’ve been stuck inside for a while, this is a guaranteed way to help make you feel refreshed.
2 – Watch Your Favourite Film
Whilst you’ve still got your face mask on from your pamper session, why not watch your favourite film? Whatever your favourite genre of film, whether that be rom-com, comedy, horror or Disney, this will help to lift your mood. You could even treat yourself to your favourite movie snack and a glass of wine. This is a great way to take your mind of the stresses of everyday life, even for a short while.
3 – Find a New Hobby
Lockdown might have left you with more spare time than usual and not a lot to do, if this is the case then why not try out a new hobby! During lockdown, I have spent more time reading and even set up my blog to keep myself busy. I’ve also been out walking a lot more as travel restrictions still being in place in Wales has meant I can’t go out for a day out. Walking is a great way to clear your mind and discover more about your local area!
4 – Catch Up with Friends
If you’ve been feeling a bit lonely in lockdown, chances are you’re not the only one. Check in with your friends to see how they’re doing, whether that be a text, video call or in person (socially-distanced) visit. With the amazing weather we’ve been having lately, you could organise a picnic in the garden or a park, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines of course. Or, if you don’t feel like venturing out with groups yet, have a zoom call with your friends for a good old catch up or to play a game.
5 – Plan Ahead
Whilst we currently can’t do all the things we usually like to do, like travelling, have a think about what you’d want to do once things return back to normal. Do you have a country you’ve always wanted to visit? Do you have a family member you can’t wait to see again? Write these things down in a notebook, as a post-lockdown bucket list, or give them a provisional date in your planner. This will give you something to look forward to and keep working towards.
Lockdown is a difficult time for many of us right now, so it’s extra important to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. These are just a few of the ways I like to take care of myself, and I hope this helps others who are feeling a bit down. What’s your favourite method of self-care?