Taking Care of Yourself Now
It is so important to look at these times as an opportunity rather than a setback. When will we have this ample amount of time at home to work on ourselves? It provides us with a convenient opportunity to work on our self-care. There are so many ways you can begin to improve your overall well being. From updating your beauty routine to even organizing your bathroom cupboard, you can give yourself plenty of goals that will ultimately improve yourself and ensure that you are leaving this quarantine the best possible version of you.
Update Your Morning Routine
The first step in showing yourself some care is by improving your mornings. Morning routines are crucial for setting yourself up for a productive day. If you roll over to scroll through the latest social media feed, you are positioning yourself for a lethargic day. Additionally, when your room is cluttered with clothes or loose items, it can hinder a profitable day. Your bedroom is actually a great place to start.
Organize all of your products or items you’ll need throughout the morning. For example, face cream, contacts, etc. Investing in some tabletop storage is crucial for this step. Placing your most frequently used belongings in these convenient storage containers is the perfect solution! Giving these small items a home will eliminate any unnecessary messes or clutter. Your morning will now be a peaceful beginning and set you up to accomplish the goals you have set out for yourself.
Regulate Your Sleep Schedule
With many of us switching to part-time hours, or just adjusting to the working from home environment, our sleep schedule tends to suffer. When being in the comfort of your own home, schedules tend to go out the window. However, getting the recommended 6-8 hours is crucial. Also, making sure you go to sleep at the right time is equally important. It can be so easy to sleep the day away to then stay up into the early morning. While you are still getting those necessary hours of rest, you are not optimizing them. Fixing your sleep schedule is a gradual process, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work right away! Some essential things to focus on are limiting naps and avoiding any exposure to light right before going to bed.
Getting fresh air is another crucial factor in showing yourself some love throughout this time spent at home. It can be as small as sipping your morning coffee on your front porch or as physical as taking a run around your neighborhood. Now that the weather is warming up, we are able to get outside and really reap the benefits the outdoors offer.
Not only does it improve our focus, it also brings many people joy and will actually revitalize our emotions. Take your work on your porch and spend an hour or two in the sun. Getting outside allows your responsibilities to be taken care of while simultaneously improving your wellness.
Block off some time within your day to take a minute and breathe. This is a great way to close out the night. Completely unwinding from the day’s stressors and decompressing will also ensure you have a restful sleep. If mediation isn’t the route you want to take or you have tried and not seen the best results, try journaling. This can be very therapeutic and helpful when unloading from the day. List out some struggles you have faced and don’t forget to rejoice in your successes. Putting everything on paper can make it real and allow you to reflect.
Everyone is different and has their own special way to show themselves care throughout the day. Whichever way you choose to show yourself some love, make sure you turn it into a habit. We all need to appreciate ourselves! Think of this quarantine as a gift. If you have been overwhelmed with life lately, you now have a chance to fix that. Comment below with your favorite self-care tip!