How to self-care during COVID19

With August approaching that means we are coming up on month 6 of significant changes in our lives due to COVID19. Whether you are quarantining completely at home still or out in the work force and using caution while socializing, you are bound to have felt the effects of this time on your mental state. If you are anything like me, you probably have good days and bad days (or good hours and bad hours…) but we know we have to mentally take care of ourselves to remain present and optimistic throughout this journey. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself and reset your state of mind when having one of those bad days.

  1. Find the positivity in this moment. When you’re overwhelmed with the negative heavy thoughts of today’s world, take a minute to stop and breathe. Focus on your breathe for a minute and just surrender. Then write down 3 things that you are grateful for right now.
  2. Get moving. When you’re in a slump and feeling down and unmotivated, get active. Take in the fresh air and sunshine while walking the dog or get your endorphins pumping while completing an at home workout. Find our post on how to stay active at home for workout ideas and inspiration.
  3. Take time to get ready for the day. Setting aside a little time to shower, get dressed, do your hair, etc. helps you look more put together which in turn helps you feel more put together.
  4. Wake up earlier. Setting an alarm and being woken up at a scheduled time allows you the time to meditate, stretch, go for a walk- start the day off on the right foot.
  5. Connect. Take time to connect with those around you- could be your family, your neighbors or your friends. Call someone important to you and catch up. Sit down with your kids and play a game. Check in on your neighbors to see how they are holding up and if there is anything they need. Now is the time to connect deeply with those around you.
  6. Disconnect. If the social media game is wearing on you- get off of it. Remove yourself from people or sites that are draining you and spend 1-2 days off social media altogether each week.

Remember we are all in this together!

Self Care DIY’s

Maybe one of your goals in the New Year was to find ways to incorporate more natural products into your everyday life. We all know that non-toxic chemicals can sneak their way into just about anything these days. In order to use and truly enjoy clean products, you have to make a conscious effort in finding something that works for you. We have gathered some simple self care DIY’s with things you may already have around the house! Try one- you may be surprised by how much you enjoy it!

☆ Bentonite Clay Face Mask- made with only 2 ingredients, this mask is great for fighting off breakouts and getting rid of dry, flaking skin. To read the benefits of both bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar, click here.

☆ Lavender & Milk Bath- This hydrating DIY bath recipe will not only help relax you after a long day, but will also help soothe your dry winter skin.

☆ DIY oil pulling tablets- Oil pulling involves putting oil in your mouth first thing in the morning, swishing it around for up to 20 minutes, and then spitting it out. This swishing motion helps loosen plaque and clean between your teeth better than a toothbrush or floss ever could. It is even believed to be detoxifying. To make the process easier, whip up these tablets to have on hand each morning.

☆ Whitening Toothpaste- Many toothpastes contain ingredients that could be considered undesirable. This homemade toothpaste has only natural ingredients that can even help whiten your teeth! The texture may take some getting used to, but completely worth it to keep your mouth healthy and fresh.

☆ Detox Bath Salts- Pamper yourself while soothing away aching muscles and pulling toxins from your body. These bath salts made with epsom salts, himalayan sea salt and magnesium flakes can do all that!

☆ Whipped Magnesium Lotion- It’s the most efficient way to deliver the mineral to the site of pain, so that it can quickly relieve muscle pain, cramps and fatigue; reduce inflammation; and encourage regeneration of tissues.

☆ Simple Eucalyptus Shower Melts- Great to use for the dreaded congestion during those winter months. Find the recipe here.