As we all settle into the new reality that is isolation, it’s important to think about self care. As well as the basic requirements of having food and remaining virus-free, we mustn’t neglect our mental health. Little acts of kindness towards ourselves can have a big impact on mood and help us to get through such a difficult time.
So many of us rely on external facilities like gyms and swimming pools to keep fit, but with such places closed it’s time to get inventive. You could invest in a skipping rope or a hula hoop to get moving in small spaces, or take a look at Joe Wicks’ home workouts. Choose the videos that best suit your needs, whether you want to work up a sweat, enjoy some low-impact exercise or blast your abs.
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Moisturise dry hands
It’s safe to say we’re all using a lot more hand sanitiser than usual and many of these formulas can be drying for the hands. Treat yourself to some hydrating Hand Cream to replenish that essential moisture. Opt for refreshing Greentea and Grapefruit or the delicate scent of Neroli and Rose. We’re putting our hands through so much, but keeping them nice and soft is a good way to look after yourself.
Escape the family
Getting a bit of me time is harder than ever when we’re all isolating with our loved ones in our homes. The one place to escape is the bathroom and the best way to do that is with a nice hot bath. Make it special with our Clementine and Prosecco Luxury Foam Bath, a good book and a glass of your favourite tipple. If it’s the only time you’ll get to yourself on any given day, you really need to make the most of it.
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Turn off the news for an hour
Of course it’s vital to keep up-to-date with the world as the coronavirus situation is constantly changing, but we all need a break from it sometimes. Give yourself a waking hour each day where you’re not being updated on the overwhelming situation. This means not checking the news on TV or on your phone. The best time to have a media-free hour is before bed, as we all need a good night’s sleep to remain resilient to the current challenges.
Keep in touch with friends
While going out to see friends is now no longer an option, modern technology means you can still see each other’s smiling faces through your electronic devices. Video calls mean you can sit and have a cuppa and a chat with your neighbours or loved ones further afield. And you don’t have to confine it to one-on-one, as there are many apps that allow you to call up multiple people at the same time. So, brew a pot of tea and settle into your most comfortable chair and have a good old natter via Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom.