I’ll be the first to admit – this self-isolation/social distancing thing is HARD. But you know what def doesn’t help? Sitting around watching the news or scrolling through social media all day long. There’s just so much uncertainty and negativity right now. Honestly, seeing too much of it can really get me down.
SO, let’s use all this new free time we have to do alllll the things we’ve been putting off because we “don’t have time” for like…our entire adult lives. Self-isolation doesn’t have to be sad and lonely. It’s our chance to focus on self-care and rejuvenation! We’re all stressed out and burnt out to some degree, so let’s reset and get that glow up. Here’s how!
1. Get moving!
“I don’t have time” is THE most common excuse I hear for not working out, hands down. For all you busy bees…NOW IS THE TIME! Start your day with a workout – it doesn’t have to be long – just enough to get your blood flowing and to feel good. By the time this is all over, you’ll have a solid routine in place. Trust me – starting your day with some movement will help you feel less stressed while you self-isolate. I go craaaazy on the days I don’t workout!
2. HYDRATE while you self-isolate
Soooo many people struggle to drink enough water! It might be worse when you’re stuck at home. Wanna help your skin, digestion and your mood? WATER is the answer! Get yourself a big ol’ water bottle and set goals for how much you want to drink each day. Don’t be surprised when you feel amazingggg.
3. Self-isolate in the kitchen…and learn some cooking skills!
Learning to cook takes time, and now you have a little to work with! You’ll never regret perfecting some skills in the kitchen. And no, you don’t have to go all Top Chef. Work on simple things like roasting veggies and using those small appliances that have been sitting on the top shelf of your pantry for months and months (heyyyy Instant Pot and Air Fryer). Even simple stuff can help you get out of an eating rut and discover new, delicious recipes! Maybe you’ll even get into the habit of cooking more and eating out less! WIN!
4. Social distancing? Treat yo’self with a face mask!
Who has time to do face masks on a regular basis when life is “normal” and go go go?! Normally, using 20 minutes to relax with a mask is just not happening for me. Especially multiple times a week! There’s always something else that feels more important. And then when I’m done working, I’m just ready to crash. Now that our plates are a little less full, let’s sit back, close our eyes and breathe while we do our skin some good. Ahhhh.
5. Get your beauty sleep
Living that WFH life? Well, good news – no commute means you can sleep in! Turn off that alarm and snag all the quality beauty sleep you can. Catching up on sleep will help your stress level, your mood and is even good for your immune system – so important right now!
6. Start a self-isolation skincare routine
I mentioned the face masks…but don’t stop there! Get a good routine going for washing your face in the morning and at night, and actually start using all those creams and serums sitting on your counter. You’ll thank yourself later for taking care of your skin now, and you’ll feel super confident and refreshed when you go back to work with glowy, gorgeous skin.
7. Give your hair some love too!
Ahh this one is totally on my list! Normally, I struggle to spend more than a few minutes on my hair. Since I’m not going anywhere anyways, I’ll have plenty of time to do a hair mask! You should try one too! Who wouldn’t feel better with soft, shiny hair?!
8. Self-isolation gives us more time for spring cleaning!
I’m REALLY excited for this. Do clutter and unfinished “projects” around the house just stress you out? They totally stress me out. Now is the best time to do some purging, organizing and all the deep cleaning we constantly put off (well, I do at least). Nothing feels more satisfying than a fresh, clean house, am I right?!
9. Deal with things you’ve been avoiding because you had “no time”
That new hobby you’ve been saying for YEARS you want to try, but “never have time”? Or that old friend you’ve been meaning to reach out to but you’re “just so busy?” ORR that book you’ve had on your nightstand for 6 months but “never have a chance to read?” You get my point. We all have things we want to do, but they fall to the wayside because we’re stuck in our usual routine.
Hey…you have time now. Your routine was forced to change. Do one of the things you’ve been saying you want to do! Trust me, you will feel SO GOOD when you do!
10. Use self-isolation to feel your BEST.
Your stuck at home, staying distant from most of your friends, family and coworkers. This is your chance to take care of yourself!
This quarantine, self-isolation, social distancing, or whatever you call it is kind of a blessing in disguise – if you choose to look at it that way. And you should! We could all use some time to slow down and for most of us it HAS to be forced to actually happen. So instead of fighting against it and looking at these upcoming weeks as inconvenient or negative, USE THEM.
Be productive. Pamper yourself. Get some of that weight off of your shoulders that has been there for years. I’m talking all of the extra stuff that you normally just can’t get to. Even if you just commit to one small thing, you’ll feel accomplished and less stressed. You’ll come out of this self-isolation feeling more beautiful, more confident, and in a better relationship with yourself!
As always, hang in there and stay healthy!