Self-care is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Everyone has different ways of practicing self-care in a way that best benefits them. In quarantine, I have found that setting aside time every week, and sometimes every day, has been beneficial in keeping stress levels low. While there are many ways to practice self-care, here are three that I find to be helpful, whether we are in or out of quarantine.
As I have mentioned before, meditation is a great way to reduce stress. However, if you’re like me and have a million thoughts running through your mind all the time, mediating can be difficult some days. If you’re finding it difficult to focus during mediation, or are not sure where to start, here are five free apps to help guide you through your next practice. I also have found it helpful to create a peaceful space in my home to practice meditation. For optimal relaxation, I turn on a diffuser and have laid out a yoga mat so it’s not uncomfortable sitting on the floor.
To help with my ongoing battle with acne, I go to a local beauty spa for routine facials. Quarantine has been difficult in so many ways. However, the biggest frustration for me has been the inability to get facials. While an at-home facial isn’t quite the same, it is better than nothing! I use Eminence Organic Skin Care products every day, and there are certain ones I use only twice a week. I have deemed Wednesdays and Sundays as my “at-home facial days.” For my evening face washing routine on these days, I start by cleansing my face with water and then gently exfoliating with the Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant. After washing my face and patting it dry, I apply a thin layer of the Snow Mushroom and Reishi Masque. Then, I wash off the mask after 15 minutes has passed. Finally, I finish my facial by moisturizing with the Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer. Depending on your skin type and needs, you can edit this routine with products that will work best for your skin!
Baths are a hot topic as some people I know think they are gross, while others find them to be relaxing. I fall in the latter group. Baths used to be part of my relaxation practice if I was feeling extra stressed. However, I recently started taking them more as a way to sleep better. Is anyone else experiencing interrupted sleep in quarantine? While I’m still waking up, I have noticed it is less frequent since I started taking relaxing baths before bed. My favorite product to use is the Eucalyptus Spearmint Bath Soak from Bath & Body Works. The salt is made from natural essential oils and doesn’t irritate my skin.
While these means of relaxing and practicing self-care have been more than helpful during quarantine, they are great to do outside of quarantine too. Life gets chaotic and can be really stressful at times. We often put our mental health on the back burner during these times. I feel it’s important that we check in on ourselves and make sure that we take time to practice self-care. Whether you give yourself a facial, take a bath, or make time to mediate, I encourage you to practice a little self-care today.