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How to practice self-care while cooped up inside

Cabin fever?

For many of us, normal day-to-day life has come to a halt.

But as you try to adjust to your new normal, it’s important not to forget about your mental and physical health. What better time than now to practice self-care when your social diary is empty?

To help give you inspiration, Lisa de-la-Plain, Co-Founder and Professional Beauty Therapist at Beauty Flash gives her top tips…

Keep a routine

If you’re working from home and not leaving the house often (or at all), it’s easy to slip into bad habits such as waking up late, not getting exercise and working through till late. To maintain a healthy balance between work and play, put clear boundaries in place so there is a distinction between the hours you need to work and the time you have to yourself.

Keep your working and relaxation spaces clean and tidy as this can be important for keeping a positive mindset.

If you’re working from home, make room for a versatile home office space at a table with a comfy high-backed chair which can be packed up when you’re meant to be “out of office”. Out of sight, out of mind.

Quality sleep

When working from home and having zero plans, it can often be tempting to lie in and stay up later than normal but, you should still aim to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a day.

If you find you’re struggling to drift off, look into using a product that helps promote sleep like, Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon. Not only does this cream stimulate healthy and radiant skin, it also uses motion activated essential oils to promote deep, restful sleep. 

Healthy eating

Though the shops may not be as full as they normally are, try and avoid junk “convenience” food. Instead, opt for fresh, immune and productivity boosting food.

Vitamin C is essential to boost the immune system and can be found in the likes of red bell peppers and citrus fruits. Whereas, foods high in omega-3 such as salmon and avocados help improve memory and mental performance.

For a guilt-free sweet treat, choose dark chocolate. Filled with stress-relieving ingredients like magnesium and caffeine to help you feel more energetic and focused on the tasks at hand.

Stay active

Exercise is known to boost endorphins, increase energy and help with relaxation and sleep. So, while staying within the confines of your home, keeping active is that much more important to your health.

Until the government say otherwise, we’re all encouraged to be getting out for walks and runs as long as we’re keeping a distance from others.

If you’re unable to leave the house, there are plenty of classes you can find online that you can do from the comfort of your own home via your TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Meditation

Meditating is a known mood stabiliser and doing so twice a day – once in the morning and again before bed – is a great habit to start.

If you need assistance there are plenty of smartphone meditation apps available. And if clearing your mind feels too intimidating, try a slow in and out breathing technique for five minutes to help shift your state of mind. 

Limit time online

Though working from home means you can’t limit your time online, you are able to limit your time on certain apps and sites.

Installing a website blocker will temporarily force you off websites that you feel give you anxiety or can affect your mental state, such as rolling news feeds.

Take a bath

One of life’s understated luxuries, taking a bath is a simple and effective way to relax your body and mind while boosting your mood.

Add lavender oils, bubbles, salts and candles to really set the mood for a really calming soak. Grab a book and set your Spotify to chill and you’re good to go.

Start something new

If you’re someone who has let hobbies drop by the wayside because of full-time work and family commitments, now could be the time to embrace what you love doing.

Whether its knitting, learning a new language, gardening or even teaching yourself new recipes to cook, there are plenty of activities that can keep you and your brain busy.

By Lisa de-la-Plain, Co-founder and Professional Beauty Therapist, Beauty Flash