5 Ways I Have Been Practicing Self-Care in Quarantine
Quarantine can feel like a really difficult, lonely time...
I self-isolated a couple of days before the UK went into complete lockdown because I had a sore throat and a horrific cough. For 3 weeks straight I was really ill, and towards the end struggled with my breathing. I'm so thankful that I didn't need to be in the hospital, however, the thought of having coronavirus (the paramedics said I probably did have it) was frightening.
I spent those three weeks in my PJs, my hair was a tattered mess and I had constant headaches because all I was doing was sleeping. I am now currently furloughed from work, and my energy levels are better than they've ever been (I am incredibly thankful.)
Because I was feeling great again and had lots of time on my hands, I really wanted to start looking after my mind, body & soul. Those few weeks I was ill, really had me thinking.
Here are 5 things I have done during quarantine that I believe has helped with my mental health & well being.
Pampering myself... every other day
This has definitely been the most enjoyable thing on my list. When I wasn't feeling very well, my boyfriend bought me a pink clay mask from Sand & Sky. Since then, I have become obsessed. I've ordered quite a few other masks to try since, and I'm loving how soft and silky my skin feels.
This has really kick-started my skin-care journey, and I've now bought products for my face, body, lips, eyes, and of course - my hair. My hair was in a real mess being up in a bun for weeks on end, so it really needed a good few washes and hair masks to get back to normal (it's really thick.) Pampering is definitely a must on my list, it's fun to do and you feel great afterwards!
I'm going to be putting together a blog on my top skin/hair products soon - watch this space!
Creating playlists that make me happy/ making a film wish list
There is so much going on in the world right now, sometimes its best to switch off from the news and unwind with music that puts you in your happy place. I have so many favourite playlists on Spotify, I think my Amazon Alexa knows my top 10 off by heart now!
Another great way of escapism is films. Since we have plenty of time on our hands, why not create a list of films you have been dying to watch but haven't felt like there's been any time? It takes away anxious thoughts and worries. Movies days are always perfect!
Learning something new
I wanted to learn a new trade whilst in isolation. Luckily for me, my boyfriend was once a bartender. I have been a shot girl in the past but had no clue how to put a cocktail together. It has been really fun learning - also massive props to any bartenders out there. Cocktail making is really an art in itself!
In an article I read on Harvard Business Review, they discuss how learning something new can really help with the ill-effect of stress. This can be anything from learning a new skill, like me learning how to make cocktails, gathering up new information, or seeking new intellectual challenges. They said:
we found evidence that engaging in learning activities can buffer workers from detrimental effects of stress including negative emotions, unethical behavior, and burnout.
Although this research was aimed at employees, it can be for anyone - especially for people struggling or worried over their jobs whilst in quarantine.
If you you're interested in cocktail making, check out my recent cocktail blog here. We are making a range of isolation cocktails, with new blogs coming out every Saturday!
Reading has always been something I've really enjoyed. There are a lot of health benefits to it, too. The list is endless, but since we're here to talk about self-care, the most relevant one is that it relieves stress. Put all your troubles and worries to one side, and lose yourself in a good book!
I go into this in a bit more detail over on my blog 5 Reasons Why You Should Find More Time to Read.
This is something I have only started doing recently, and it really helps to prevent panic attacks and anxious thoughts. According to WebMD if you practice meditation for just ten minutes per day, it can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, and help achieve a greater capacity of relaxation.
If you're a beginner like me, I'd recommend trying short five-minute videos such as this one here. Practicing this twice a day has helped me to be in more of a relaxed state and starts my day on a positive note.
I hope at least one of these pointers will give you inspiration for your own self-care at home! Isolation is hard, remember to look after & take care of yourself.