Our daily routines are no longer so regular! It seems like we are each facing new challenges every day, whether it be homeschooling with the kids or working from home. With these unexpected changes, it’s only normal we face new stressors, some of which have made it more difficult to fit in much-needed relaxing time.
As you go about your day, there are little things you can do to really take care of yourself and that make a big difference in how you feel. Here are 7 simple ideas of how to incorporate self-care into your “new” daily routine. Incorporate just one or try a few...
- Take a nice bath. This one might be the first thing you think of when you hear “self-care,” but it can be easy to forget the simple things. A nice bubble bath with your favorite bath salt and candle lit can be just what you need after a stressful day. ~The Cedar + Juniper Candle by Excelsior Candle Co. is a perfect relaxing scent, infused with pure essential oils, to light while taking a bath. After, wrap yourself in a cozy KISA bathrobe or Turkish towel.~
- Apply the skincare mask you bought from Target weeks ago. Skincare masks are so fun and easy, and leave your skin looking fresh & glowy...they can easily be left to be used at a “later” time too (which never comes). However, they usually have to be left on for only15-20 minutes - you could apply one before taking a bath, when watching a show, or even when responding to emails.
- Do a yoga breathing or mindfulness exercise. If you’ve never tried breathing or mindfulness exercises, you’re missing out. YouTube offers some great exercises that are calming, help to destress, relieve headaches and overall, make you feel refreshed. Most exercises last around 10 minutes long!
- Water, water! We all know just how important drinking water is, yet it can be what we lack most in our daily routines. Fill up your favorite water bottle when you wake up, and try to always keep it near you throughout the day as a reminder to stay hydrated.
- Go for a short walk. The weather is getting chilly, but sometimes the fresh air is just what you need. Take a short break from what you’re working on and go for a walk around the neighborhood. Play your favorite music playlist or podcast during.
- Binge watch a couple episodes! With everything you have going on, watching a series on Netflix may make you feel guilty. If you can make the time, try to watch an episode or two - there’s no reason to feel guilty and it will definitely help you to relax! Put your phone away or turn it on "do not disturb" so you can truly binge and not be distracted. A couple shows you might enjoy (if you haven't already) are Workin' Moms and Schitt's Creek!
- Thank yourself for being you. We put ourselves through a lot, so here is a reminder to THANK yourself. Write down in a journal what you are proud of, or just go through a few things in your head - thank yourself for everything you do each day such as feeding and taking care of your body, getting up in the morning, or finally finishing that one task you procrastinated for a little too long.