Happy Friday ladies, I hope you’re keeping it all together while you self-distance, shelter at home and/or self-isolate. California has been “locked” down for
ever almost a week and cabin fever is running high at our house.
This situation is new for all of us. Some are not dealing with it as well as others so today, I’m sharing some self-care practices while you shelter at home, are self-distancing or self-isolating.
1 – Get Outside
Yes, we need to keep our distance from others but we also need fresh air. Go for a walk, keeping a safe distance from others or simply sit outside. A healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sun will lift your spirits and fend off depression.
2 -Take up meditation
I’ve been meditating on and off for many years. Remember when I flew south for a meditation retreat with a broken hip? The truth is it’s been hard for me to commit to it every morning so I love it when Deepak Chopra does his free 21 Day Meditation Challenge. He’s just started a new one called Hope In Uncertain Times which seems particularly poignant. My daughter is doing it in Vancouver and my husband just started it. If he can do it, anyone can do it because his AA personality means he is always on the go.
3- Unplug From Technology
Being constantly plugged in to what’s happening, is stressful. It’s not healthy during normal times and this is anything but normal. Schedule a time to step away from your cell phone, computer, radio, and television. Have some quiet “me” time with no input from society. Read a new book, test a new recipe, knit, sew, or simply do nothing.
4 – Stretch
Most of us are missing the gym or exercise classes. Yesterday I drove past a parking lot full of women all jumping around to loud music. Each woman was 6 or more feet from the other and the instructor was at least 12 feet away in front. They looked like they were having fun, but that’s not practical for most of us. I prefer calmer forms of exercise and found some great free online yoga classes here, and here, and here. Yoga helps stretch your muscles and calm your nerves.
5 – Keep Your Routines
Making your bed may seem like a simple thing and easy to ignore, but I promise you that simply making your bed nicely every morning will improve every day. If you don’t believe me, watch this moving commencement speech. I spray my pillows with lavender water each morning which freshens them up and smells heavenly. Scents have a powerful effect on your mood so use ones that you love.
6- Get Dressed
It may feel luxurious to hang around in your pj’s and robe all day, but I promise, you will feel much better when you get dressed. Do it for you! If you have a hard time, plan your outfit the night before and remember to include a few accessories.
7 – Learn Something New
Learning is a great distraction and many universities are offering free classes for you to take. Always loved the beauty of Caligraphy? Take free classes here. Harvard is offering classes here. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at art, some of these classes look great. There are free crafting and sewing classes here.
8 – Beauty Treatment
Just because you can’t get to the spa or salon, doesn’t mean you can’t have a beauty treatment. Turn on some relaxing music and use that face mask you bought and never find time to use. Change your toe and fingernail polish for a cheery color. I switched to a brighter pink and it lifts my spirits just seeing it. Heat some oil and give your hair a deep heat treatment. If you have nothing at home, good old olive oil will work. Egg white face masks have been used for years with great results.
9 – Stay In Touch
Don’t let this time be lonely or allow you to get emotionally isolated. Pick up the phone, Facetime or Message friends and loved ones. Texting and emailing can feel sterile during these stressful times, so I encourage you to talk and see the people you love.
Now I’d like to hear from you. How are you staying sane and what can you share in the comments to help the other ladies here? This community is filled with strong, smart and kind women. Thank you for being part of it. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.
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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.