Updated: Feb 26, 2021
So many of my friends that are able to continue their work from home all have had one common complaint, "I'm having a hard time turning off at home". It can be hard to make yourself stop in the middle of something towards the end of the day, but it is also important to maintain a self-care routine during this time. The added stress we are under, with all the unknowns, makes it even more important to create a habit of checking-in with yourself. So here is my proposition: take the time you used to spend on your commute, and spend it on some kind of self-care routine! Convert your commute to ensure your sanity!
Here are some of our suggestions...
1) Make a Playlist For a Friend
This may be a time that we need to self-isolate for the greater good of all, but that doesn't mean we can't stay in touch in smaller more meaningful ways. One of my favorite passtimes with my friends that live far away is making playlists for each other on Spotify. It's like the old-school days of making mixed-tapes for people by recording songs on the radio (hopefully I am not dating myself too much here). Reminiscing with music you have so many good memories associated to is a great way to escape our current situation. Not to mention, you get a bunch of really good playlists for your new-found downtime!
2) Develop A Skin-Care Routine
My new obsession for my free time has been trying to keep up with a modified Korean Skin Care routine (Not familiar? check out some info HERE). I have to say, my skin has never looked so good! It has been a great way for me to carve out some time just for myself! I split my routine up into a daytime and night-time routine. Sometimes at night I add in a relaxing epsom salt bath before starting my facial routine, when I really need to unwind before bed. This has also been a great way for me to use up my collection of sheet masks and other random skin care items I have been hoarding from the Ipsy bags I receive. Maybe you don't want something this involved, but you get my point, take some time and take care of you!
I mean this is pretty self explanatory! Maybe you escape into some kind of fiction novel, or perhaps a cheesy romance novel is more your speed, whatever helps you escape and forget what is going on. Might I suggest just avoiding the Apocalyptic / zombie thrillers 🤷♀️?! An added social element to this could be starting a book club with some of your friends. Set up a face-time or Zoom video chat to discuss your thoughts, and maybe drink some wine together!
4) Spring Cleaning
This is the perfect time to tackle some of those random deep cleaning tasks you have thought about, but never really can seem to find the time to get them done. Have you cleaned under your bed in a while? The sofa? Perhaps that hall closet needs to be re-organized. When was the last time you went through your closet? So many people are in need right now, and that shirt you haven't worn in over a year could be of use to someone! Make a short list of a few things you have been meaning to accomplish, and GET TO IT!
5) Work Out / Yoga / Meditation
Maybe this is your least favorite of my suggestions, but I personally would have lost it by now without all three of the above. It is scientifically proven that being physically active can help combat anxiety and depression. I have been trying to get out and at least walk every day to help with my anxiety, and the fresh air doesn't hurt either! My local yoga studio just started a way to take virtual classes, so I am super excited to pick my practice back up after this short hiatus. I personally think yoga is a great way to disconnect for a bit and focus on myself and my breath. Sometimes I just don't have the energy for either, so I just put on some relaxing music and have a nice meditation to calm my nerves. It can be hard to turn your brain off at first, but practice makes perfect (and we are pretty sure you have the time)!
Obviously this just scratches the surface of things you can be doing to maintain your sanity. What is most important is that you do whatever makes you happy! In times of uncertainty it is crucial to #TreatYourself, and make sure you are being pampered to ease the blow of all the daily updates and changes to our "new normal". Don't just escape into your work! Set an alarm, make an appointment with yourself, do what you need to do in order to allow time for some proper self maintenance!