Quarantine Self-Care Tips
First off…how is everyone doing? Would you have ever guessed we’d kick off a new decade with a worldwide pandemic? When 2020 started, I had made some big plans for the year. One of them was to have an epic golden birthday, one so amazing I’d be telling stories about it for years (or not depending on alcohol consumption), but quarantine quickly kicked in and I celebrated quietly at home with a puzzle, a hike, and virtual tequila shots with friends. On the plus side, I felt absolutely zero guilt in eating my entire birthday cake by myself. Quarantine calories don’t count right?
Now if there’s anything I’ve learned in my 27 years of life, it’s that you really don’t have control over certain moments. Sh*t happens! Sorry there’s no better way of saying it. You can either roll with the punches or let it get the best of you. It’s all about perspective and I’ve chosen to forgo the “it sucks being stuck at home” complaints and change the narrative to “I now have time to focus on ME.”
I’m all about self-care. Face masks, massages, sleeping in, eating healthy…if it involves pampering myself, I want to do it and I want to do it now. I’m sure you all agree that you’d like to do the same, but when do we ever have the time? Well there is no time like the present! I could go on and on about all the things I’ve been doing to nurture my mind, body, and soul during quarantine, but I’ll save you the novel and even let some of my follow #IHOTO team members chime in.
So I think the most important thing I’ve been doing to love myself is developing a nighttime routine so I wake up refreshed and ready to take on the next day. Here’s how it goes:
- Magnesium. Two hours before I plan to get into bed, I take a magnesium supplement. It helps relax your muscles and calms an overactive mind.
- Lavender Oil. Before I get into bed, I start up my diffuser and drop a couple drops of lavender. It’s soothing and promotes relaxation.
- Dim the Lights. During the process of getting ready for bed, I’ll start to dim the lights in my room. Our bodies are wired to sleep when it’s dark, so if we expose ourselves to lights before bed, it becomes harder to fall asleep. This includes mobile devices. Put the phone away! I’ve also started wearing blue light glasses starting around 8 p.m.
- Heating Pad. Alright do I sound a bit extra yet? I tend to toss and turn in my sleep and I’ll wake up to find myself sleeping on my stomach and my back aching. I have no scientific explanation for this, I just figured if my muscles are relaxed before I fall asleep, they’re more likely to stay loose when I’m actually sleeping. Plus it’s cozy.
- Jade Roller. Anyone else carry a bunch of tension in their jaw? It feels so good to roll it all out. Don’t neglect the muscles in your face!
Since starting this routine, I can’t help but naturally wake up at 7 a.m. wide awake. I literally have to get out of bed because of boredom. Try it out for yourself and let me know if it works for you! While you’re at it, try out these other self-care tips from the rest of the I Heart team!
My tip is to say the following mantras repeatedly:
I am healthy.
My body is so healthy.
Thank you cells for keeping me healthy.
I know for me, I worry about getting sick, but I also know that that’s not helping me so as often as possible, I repeat in my head with as much gratitude as possible how thankful I am for my healthy body.
I read somewhere once that if we don’t come out of this quarantine in some way having progressed ourselves, we never lacked time, we lacked discipline. After coming to the realization that “I don’t have enough time” is no longer a valid excuse, I have been trying to develop forgotten hobbies and learn new skills in these past few weeks. Oddly enough, a lot of my creativity has been sparked by Tik Tok! For example, it’s been a perpetual goal of mine to make presents vs. buying them. Using a hack I saw on Tik Tok, I learned how to paint using any image which will help develop my skills as an artist and provide meaningful gifts to people in the future say if I were to paint a portrait of the two of us, so I am super excited to keep practicing!
This time has definitely been stressful to say the least! Sometimes my mind can race thinking about too much of the crazy going on right now, so I’ve discovered that exercise keeps me grounded and feeling more relaxed. During the work week (even before we were hunkering in at home) I prefer to exercise after work instead of in the morning, as sitting all day at my desk can make me feel like a giant lump! I’m all about cardio – I need to be on a bike, an elliptical, treadmill…something that gets me moving. Since the gym isn’t an option right now, my friend referred me to this really awesome bike on Amazon (quarantine has taught me I can assemble things and use tools…I was so proud! 😊).
During this time in quarantine, I’m making an effort to stick to my self-care ritual. My skin care routine before bed has become a therapeutic process that helps me relax and feel my best. Even though I’ve only been doing it for two weeks, I noticed sticking to this routine has been great for my mental health and my skin!