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5 Self Care Tips You Can Do While Stuck At Home

Like you and everyone else around the world, I’m doing my part to avoid getting and spreading the Cornavirus so I’m stuck at home.  And, while I’m comfortable in my home setting, there is a mix of emotions that I am feeling.

I’ve felt tired, lonely, bored, stressed, overwhelmed, joyful, anxious, content, lazy an more.   I have a right to feel this way and so do you. 

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If you’re going through what I call “all the feels” please know that you are not alone.  We are truly going through so much right now and thats why I feel its so important to share these 5 send care tips with you

I want to make sure you’re taking care of you while you’re stuck at home.

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Make Yourself A Priority

As a parent or caregiver for someone else, you might not be doing this.  Between adjusting to new schedules, work (lack of or working from home),  doing more than just homework with your children, keeping the home in order, etc., you might have put yourself last.

I get that!  Things need done and most times, no one else is going to do it the way you do.  At least thats they way it is in my house.

You might be the last one to shower each day, getting barely enough hot water to make it worth it or you might be ready to pull your hair out because you’re trying to figure out this “new” math that our kids our learning.  Why do we even need new math?

Putting yourself last, while stuck at home or not, is not a good thing. You have to take care of your self too.  

Start setting aside some time where you have a break.  Make a shower schedule where you get to enjoy the hot water for a shower or take a long bubble bath.

You’re just as important as everyone else!

Here’s a bath time recipe I think you’ll enjoy:

Essential Oils Bath Time Recipe

– 1 Handful of Epsom Salts
– 1/2 C of Baking Soda
– 10 drops of Essential oil of your choice added to carrier oil of choice (jojoba, fractionated coconut oil, etc.)

Mix in a warm bath.

Enjoy!

Make Healthy Choices

There’s a joke going around about the Quarantine 15.  Funny!  Just like Freshmen gain 15 pounds their first year of college from making unhealthy choices, we could easily gain weight from what we’re going through.

I’m guilty of eating the wrong foods when stressed and for giving up on healthy activities when things get tough.

However, if you’re stuck at home, you still need to make healthy choices.  (A reminder to myself too.)

What can you do that will keep you active and engaged?  

With many communities limiting where we can and can’t go, some folks are relying on at home work outs that is only 10 minutes,  online coaching and more to keep them on track.  These are great tools to use especially when you’re stuck at home.

In addition to the whole weight gain thing, being stuck at home can be mentally exhausting for some.  What can you do right now to help keep you felling good, body mind and spirit?

Some things I do….

  • Affirmations
  • Journaling
  • Enjoy the outdoors with walking, hiking, bike rides and more
  • Homemade mani/pedis or face masks
  • Stretching/Yoga
  • Talk to my Coach about whats going on

I mentioned earlier about face masks.    Here are 5 recipes depending on whats going on with your skin that will make you feel good and most have common household ingredients.  

These are perfect anytime, not just because you’re stuck at home.  Enjoy!

To brighten your complexion: Banana and Honey face mask: Combine 1/2 banana (mashed) with 1-tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with damp washcloth.

To hydrate your skin: Cucumber and Yogurt face mask: Puree 1/2 of a peeled, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor with 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp washcloth.

For oily or acne prone skin: Chocolate Truffle Mask: Mix 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of milk until it looks like thick pudding. Apply to face for 10 minutes for normal skin or 20 minutes for oily/ acne prone skin. This one smells awesome!

Great for your girls: Strawberry Facial: Mash together 1/2 cup of ripe strawberries with 1/4 cup of cornstarch until a paste forms. Apply to face and leave on for 30 minutes. Avoid eye area! Rinse off with cool water.

For those with acne: Bump Facial mask: Puree in a blender or food processor 1 chopped, ripe tomato, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of instant oatmeal or rolled oats. If mixture seems too runny, add more oats. Apply to skin for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Be Realistic

It’s time to get real with ourselves right now.  

You might feel like since you’re stuck at home that you’ve been handed an opportunity to get so many things done that you’ve been putting off. You might have decided to finally play around and cook with that air fryer you bought but weren’t sure how to use.

Or, maybe you’re completely over-whelmed because you feel you can’t. 

Either way, its time to know that its okay if you don’t complete every thing on your to do list.  Give yourself permission that there will be days that go as planned and days that don’t.  Give yourself grace when that happens and give grace to others.

Just a few days ago, for example, we ordered dinner for take out.  I arrived at the time I was given for pick up and it took 40 minutes longer than what I was told.  I’m not gonna lie.  I was annoyed.  I could have been doing something else other than sitting in my car.  I had to remember though that in this time, places are short staffed, creating new routines to keep people safe and more.  I gave grace at that time and I was reminded that we are all here doing the best that we can with what we are going through.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Remember earlier when I said that being stuck at home had me feeling all the feels?

There are so many things be posted online, the news is rampant with reports 24/7 and I don’t know about you but I don’t know some days what is truth and what isn’t.

This can cause unhealthy feelings and that’s not good. 

It also can cause people we love and like to disagree about things going on within our world and that means if we want to be our best selves, that means that it’s okay to say no to having certain conversations without feeling guilty about it.   

Remind Yourself About The Things That Bring You Joy

’Ive been doing A LOT of thinking about it lately, especially in the wake of so many things that are going on in our world that are so tragic.  I think that far too often, we get too busy to enjoy the little things in life.  It happens.

When I look up the word “joy,” Webster’s Dictionary defines it as a feeling of great happiness. 

For many people, the thought of being happy is just a dream.  But, it doesn’t have to be.  Joy can be found all over even when you’re stuck at home.

  • It’s another person’s smile, even if its just a selfie you saw online
  • It’s your pup who fighting falling asleep and looks so darn adorable as he tries to keep those heavy eye lids from closing. 
  • It’s the first bite of an AMAZING meal that you just made.
  • It’s your child telling you that YOUR homemade soup is better than canned soup.
  • It’s seeing a far away friend’s little one showing up in your facebook newsfeed.

Grab a pen and paper and jot down those things that bring you joy.  Post it where you can see its. Do this daily no matter if you’re stuck at home or not.  It really can brighten your day.

All of these are examples of joy.  And they are things that personally have brought me joy over the last few days.

While life is never going to be 100% joyful, we can embrace the little moments and allow them to give us the happiness we deserve even when stuck at home.

I want to close this blog post with this.  While we aren’t certain what the next few days, weeks or months look like, please remain calm and be kind to yourself.  You’re doing the best you can!  I’m here to help you be your best self, to offer tips, tricks and more to get you to where you want to be.  Don’t hesitate reaching our to me if you need something or share this post with someone you know going through a rough time.  Together we are better!

With Love,

Laura

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