How To Have The Perfect Self-Care Day At Home
March 28, 2020
Life is stranger than ever, with everyone stuck at home, not knowing when this crisis will finally be over. The streets are empty, travel is banished and I’m going to assume that some of us are starting to feel isolated and perhaps a bit (or a lot) anxious. As a professional introvert and stay-at-home expert (I spent 90% of my time in my room – usually alone – for a good 2 years when I was physically & mentally ill), I almost feel like it is my duty to share some of my tips on how to keep yourself busy when you’re stuck at home.
One of my favourite things to do when I feel stressed out is to have a self-care day. In fact, this is the perfect time to really slow down, make time for yourself and do all of the things your previously fully-packed schedule wouldn’t allow! So, fear not, my friends, you can survive more than you think and there are still plenty of ways to relax and have fun!
I included a list with 30 self-care activities that you can easily do at home, so if you’re short on time for some reason, scroll down for some quick inspiration 🙂 Although, if you want ALL of my tips & resources, let me first guide you through how to have the perfect self-care day at home.
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TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
Even though body & mind go hand in hand, I’ve decided to divide this post into self-care practices I like to do to take care of my body and routines that are good for your mind and mental health.
Do a work-out
I love doing an at home work-out session in the morning to start off my day energised and fully awake. I’m not going to list the benefits of exercising, because I think we’re all aware by now that it’s good for us. What I will say is that it’s one of the best natural ways to de-stress and feel happy. Even a light, 15-minute work-out can already drastically improve your mood. Seriously, it might be the cure for any short-term negative emotion. Angry? Sad? Feeling unattractive? Get onto the mat and start sweating.
I know everyone says this and you might be sick of hearing it, but yoga really does have SO many benefits. It increases flexibility and muscle strength, improves energy levels, reduces insomnia and lessens chronic pain. These are just a few of the physical benefits of yoga, but obviously it’s also very good for our mental health. Few things make me feel more zen & at peace!
If you want some guidance, you HAVE to check out Yoga With Adriene. She’s the best at yoga and has a great sense of humour too! Honestly, I feel like she’s my friend even though we’ve never spoken irl. She has yoga for all levels, so you can make your practice as challenging or easy as you want. She also does monthly challenges, which everyone can join for free!
Take a long relaxing bath
Whenever I take a hot bath (which is almost never), I tell myself I should do this more often. Soaking yourself in warm water will relax your muscles in an instant.
I mean, am I the only one who’s always wanted to have one of those fancy baths you see in Youtube videos? Candles, bath bombs, essential oils, soothing music, even rose petals?? It certainly seems very lovely, but who has time for that! I usually just hop in the shower and that’s that.
However, now that we’re all stuck at home and lots of us no longer have a social life, it’s high time we take one of those baths, don’t you think? Let’s see what all the fuzz is about!
Pamper skin & hair
Since we’re all taking baths anyway, we might as well put some extra care into our skin & hair. Let’s be honest, no self-care day is complete without an extensive skin & haircare routine.
I like to keep my skincare routine as simple and organic as possible. I use coconut oil to take off my make up (no chemicals + works like a charm), as an all-round face cleanser and to moisturize my body. You can even use it to shave! Just make sure it’s unrefined & cold pressed to get all of its benefits.
Another one of my holy grail products is Aloe Vera gel or cream. I’d prefer putting it on straight from the plant (my ancestors were probably witches), but I haven’t found a non-messy way to do this so for now I just buy it in the store.
Lastly, I love using unprocessed, raw honey as a face mask (yes, I put raw honey on my face, bear with me). Honey has a ton of benefits for the skin: it brightens, hydrates, fights acne, reduces wrinkles and so on! Cover your entire face with a thin layer of honey, keep it on for 15 minutes, rinse off with warm water.
I haven’t found the perfect organic shampoo & conditioner yet, so for now I’m using normal drug store products. For extra treatment, I suggest putting either castor oil or olive oil (or a mixture of both) on your hair + leave it on for about an hour OR overnight if you really wanne go crazy. Trust me, your hair will be shiny AF!
Cook a healthy meal
Last but certainly not least, try making yourself a healthy meal. It can be something as simple as breakfast or lunch, or you can go all out and prepare a 3-course dinner. It’s always a good idea to improve your cooking skills (one of my goals for 2020 btw!). Besides, your body will thank you if you make an effort to use fresh & healthy ingredients.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND
Try guided meditation or (sleep) hypnosis
I’ve tried meditating in complete silence several times over the years, but I can’t get into it for the life of me. It goes something like this: I close my eyes and attempt to clear my mind. I get uncomfortable after 2 minutes and switch position. Then I get distracted. I force myself to think about nothing. I think about everything. I give up after 10 minutes.
Luckily, there’s a solution for anyone who has this problem and it’s called guided meditation or even better, hypnosis. I suggest trying this when you’re feeling particularly stressed and I can assure you, you will be astounded by its effects.
If this interests you, you must check out Michael Sealey on Youtube. He has tons of videos that you can choose from and they’re SO effective. I’m not a fast sleeper whatsoever, but when I listen to one of his sleep hypnosis tapes, I’m asleep within minutes. You don’t even know what true relaxation is until you’ve tried hypnosis, I’m telling you.
Unless you’re working in a creative field, there isn’t that much time for creativity in today’s society, which is a shame. I’m a firm believer that humans find enormous joy & purpose in creating something from scratch! Now, don’t be too hard on yourself, you don’t have to be the next Picasso, it just has to be fun.
There are a million ways to unleash your inner artist: you can knit your own sweater or recreate a make-up look from your favourite beauty guru. Try drawing or painting. Create a scrapbook with your best travel pictures. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to make one of those gorgeous bullet journals to stay organised? Options are endless!
Listen to music
I always forget how much music can lift my mood until I put some on! Feeling down? Listen to your fave upbeat playlist! Perhaps steer clear from overly depressing tunes or you may start crying… No? Just me? Not that that’s bad btw, feel whatever you need to feel 😉 I used to spent hours browsing Youtube for new, awesome bands and then played their songs on repeat and it brought me so much joy.
Read a book
Ah, what’s better than escaping into a good book? I treasure the moments I’m so caught up in a story, I become completely unaware of what’s going on around me. No matter which social media platform appears, for me, nothing can beat the pleasure of reading an actual book.
Some of my all-time favourite books: On Love by Alain De Botton, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom, anything by Iain S. Thomas and, of course, Harry Potter by the ever so brilliant J.K. Rowling.
Watch some Netflix
Sometimes we just want to turn off our brain for a while and distract ourselves with some mindless binge-watching. Enter Netflix. I’m sure I don’t need to explain this any further, let’s get straight into my suggestions:
Tv-shows I’ve been loving: SPINNING OUT (ice skating, family issues & bipolar disorder with Kaya Scodelario aka Effy from Skins), ELITE (Spanish murder mystery set in a posh high school), EUPHORIA (deals with drug addiction, body image, trauma & social media), SEX EDUCATION (hilarious & very educational indeed) and YOU (I’m sure you’ve heard of this disturbing, fascinating and psychotic show)
I swear there is nothing more therapeutic than writing out your thoughts, especially if you’re an overthinker and your brain tends to become a chaotic mess. Your writing doesn’t have to be good or poetic; just write down whatever you’re thinking or feeling and I promise, you will feel 10 times lighter afterwards. There have been countless times I was so angry or depressed I thought I would lose my mind, UNTIL I scribbled it all down in my diary. As soon as I saw the words on paper, the emotion lost some of its power. Try it, I dare you.
Redecorate your room or office
Another fun activity that’ll make you feel productive is redecorating your room or work space (Pinterest for inspo always)! I don’t know about you, but I get bored pretty easily so I like to change things up once in a while. You can also clear out your closet and get rid of clothes you no longer wear (space for new ones 😉 ). I used to HATE cleaning up my stuff (like any sane teenager?), but now I can’t work or think until my space is tidy & clean.
Reach out to friends or family
Many of us (including myself) have a tendency to assume people are busy and don’t want to be disturbed, which is often enough reason not to call or text someone we really want to talk to. It’s unfortunate, because it creates even more distance & isolation and who knows, maybe the other person would’ve loved hearing from you. Don’t fall into this trap and call someone you know you can rant to or that makes you laugh. You’ll feel so much better afterwards!
My goodness, this was a LONG blog post, probably the longest I’ve written so far. If you made it till the end, thank you so much for reading and I hope you found it useful! Let me know in the comments whether I’ve inspired you to have an epic self-care day 🙂
As promised, here’s my quick list of 30 self-care activities you can do at home (what’s your favourite??):
30 Self-Care Activities To Do At Home!
- Dance it out
- Make cocktails
- Listen to guided meditation
- Listen to hypnosis
- Take a bath
- Draw or paint
- Apply a face mask
- Listen to music
- Watch Netflix
- Play with your pets
- Give yourself a mani-pedi
- Do your make-up
- Apply skincare
- Apply hair treatment
- Watch your favourite youtubers
- Go on an online shopping spree
- Facetime your friends
- Cook a healthy meal
- Play a board game
- Play a video game
- Make yourself a warm drink
- Make a scrapbook
- Clean out your closet
- Redecorate your room
- Do some gardening
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