If there was ever a time for self-care, it’s right now. We are in the 100th Lockdown of the past year and to be honest the main thing getting me through the day is my self-care routine.
Self-care is all about putting yourself first, both physically and mentally, and doing things you enjoy to make you feel happier and healthier. I must admit that during the first Lockdown, I completely let my self-care routine slide, so this time round I am making it a huge priority. I thought I would share some of my self-care routine for a little inspiration.
My Skincare Routine
The first one is my skincare routine. It may sound silly, but this is a huge part of my self-care as I like to make my evening skincare into a ritual. There is nothing like taking 15-20 minutes in the evening to really pamper my skin, massage oils in and just enjoy looking after myself. I make sure I do this every evening, no matter how tired or unmotivated I am feeling! I often put some music on (John Legend is my go-to right now) and take my time to double cleanse, perhaps put a face mask on and alllwaaays end with a facial massage, which leads me onto my next point….
Gua Sha is a relatively new concept that has really hit the UK beauty and self-care world in the last year or so, and I recently jumped on board a few months ago. Gua Sha is a treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. The treatment is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine and has now been adopted as a way to perform a facial massage.
After carrying out my facial course last year, I really started to see the difference facial massage had on not only my skin, but my mental health. Studies show that just 10 minutes of muscle massage can reduce cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone) so taking just 10 minutes a day really does make a difference. I bought my Gua Sha from The White Company, but you can get them on most beauty retail websites and they aren’t too expensive. You can find tutorials on how to use a Gua Sha for facial massage on YouTube, but I will be doing one soon so keep an eye out on my Instagram page!
This has been a game-changer for me in the last few months. I am by no means a professional dancer, in fact I am quite the opposite, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy myself. Dancing has become my go-to workout in Lockdown. I love listening to upbeat music and following steps in a routine – I find it really takes my mind of whatever is stressing me out and makes me focus on something else. I recently discovered Apple Fitness+ which has some great dance workouts and I also love Pamela Reif’s dance workouts on YouTube.
So simple, yet so effective. Right now, pretty much all we can do is walk, but I am still loving it! Getting out in the fresh air really does wonders for the brain, even if it is freezing cold right now! I am trying to get out on walks during weekday evenings (I need to get better at it still) and then a, going on a couple of long walks on the weekend. I love listening to a podcast (Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed is great for a laugh) and just getting outside. I promise it will make you feel better if you are feeling a little low!
And finally… breathe. Meditating is something I have enjoyed for years and it has really helped me through a lot of stressful and anxious times. Meditating for me is all about focusing on my breath and my mind. It’s crazy how much just doing some proper breaths can totally re-centre yourself and bring some peace to a stressed out brain. I love doing Roxie Nafousi’s Meditations (I have been doing them every evening) as I find listening to a voice makes me focus more and means my brain is less likely to wander.
Let me know what you do for self-care in the comments below!