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Looking for some self-care ideas for lockdown? I’m a huge believer in the benefits of self-care and self-love. It’s amazing what a difference a few simple adjustments to our daily routine can make to how we look – and more importantly – how we feel. Now, more than ever, we need all the help we can get to see us through the next few weeks and months. Finding me-time really is essential and not a luxury.
Just writing this post feels strange. The current situation was here before any of us had a chance to get to grips with what it would involve. I went into lockdown in a very positive frame of mind, thinking it would only be for 3 weeks and that I would use the time to do everything I’ve been putting off! And although I’m feeling quite anxious about the future, all any of us can do is try to remain positive and let go of things we can’t control.
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Self-Care Equals Self-Love
Stepping up our self-care and self-love routine is one of the best things we can do to help us cope with these difficult times. Taking time to tend to our emotional, spiritual, and physical needs help to steady us during the wobbles that we’ll inevitably experience during periods of uncertainty. Self-care really means self-love, and sometimes we have to put ourselves first in order to survive. That means being honest with yourself – and others – about what makes you feel happier, more secure, less anxious, and more relaxed. It might be that you need a bit of space and time for yourself each day. Or that you just want to spend an hour taking a bath or doing yoga. Whatever it is, just do it – and don’t feel guilty!
Here are a few of my favourite self-care ideas, tips and ways to help you take care of your mind, body, and soul during lockdown.
Self-Care Ideas for Lockdown
Eat Fresh Fruit and Veg When You Can
While we know (and many of us have seen it for ourselves) that there have been food shortages in many supermarkets, most local independent stores and corner shops are well stocked with the basics. My local farm shop, Macknade, is offering a delivery service for the next few months, and they have had none of the shortages of fruit and veg that bigger stores have experienced. And there are so many companies offering home delivery fruit and veg boxes now, including Abel & Cole, Pale Green Dot, and BoxxFresh. Many local greengrocers now offer this service all year round, so it’s worth signing up, especially at the moment. Also, one of my favourite vegan cafes, Veg box, has set up a home delivery service while their cafe is closed for normal business. I can now enjoy their homemade kimchi, pestos, and stews at home – such a great idea!
There are plenty of pubs, cafes, and restaurants who are doing similar things across the UK during lockdown, so it’s worth keeping in touch with your local eateries for news of what’s on offer. Of course, it’s a more expensive way to shop, but let’s face it when we can’t pop out for coffee, drinks or a meal, what else have we got to spend money at the moment!
I also think that it’s so important not only to nourish your body but to treat every meal as something to look forward to! And another bonus – we’re helping to support small, independent businesses who are vulnerable at this time.
Self-Care Ideas for Lockdown
Another tip is to prepare as much of your veg as you can and freeze it in silicone bags. You can also juice carrot tops, peelings, etc and freeze them too. More than ever, it’s so important not to waste any food. One of the chores I’ve been busying myself with during lockdown is to make a bigger compost bin. It’s a good time to tackle jobs like these!
Get Up and Get Dressed
Yes, I’ll admit that I was one of ‘those people’ who didn’t get dressed for 2 days when we were first instructed to ‘stay at home’. But let me tell you, I felt gross! So now I’ve been getting dressed when I get up. There’s no need for formal ‘office wear’ but I’ve been wearing brightly coloured loungewear to boost my spirits and cheer myself up. I also had a couple of ‘no make-up’ video calls which was distressing when my screenshot appeared!
While I’m not suggesting that you need a full-face of make-up at home, applying a little foundation, a smidgen of blusher and a flick of mascara definitely makes us all look and feel more human and ready for our day. There are so many professional make-up artists who are offering brilliant make-up tutorials on Instagram at the moment, so why not tune in and get a few tips?
Such a great way to refresh your look and boost your self-esteem.
Great for self-care and self-love!
Move It With Some Exercise
It’s amazing how different you feel when you’ve engaged in a bit of physical exercise. I’ve been so impressed with the number of fitness trainers and yoga and pilates teachers who are putting on live content instead of classes during this time. I’ve done lots of lovely yoga classes, Pilates sessions and even workouts with weights in the past few weeks.
If you need a few recommendations, here are some of the online classes that I reviewed earlier this year. I’ve also noticed that when I do a live class with the teacher watching me on Zoom, I work much harder too! Sometimes, when the class is pre-recorded, I can be a bit lazy! And if you can, try to get out to exercise every day, using social distancing of course. An early morning walk or run in the park or along the seafront, depending on where you live, sets you up for the day too!
Have A Clear-Out
My friend and I were just saying that it would have been great if the government had given us a bit more warning that the shops were going to close! Us Brits love a bit of DIY and I have my builder husband all to myself at the moment. Luckily, we’ve had some wallpaper for our bedroom hanging around for the last 2 years (yes, the builder’s wife’s house is always last on the list!) so I now have a beautifully decorated bedroom. That has cheered me up so much!
Clearing out kitchen cupboards and our wardrobes also make us feel better. I have been happily watching singer Stacey Soloman and Beauty Bible founder, Jo Fairley do some cupboard spring cleaning on their Instagram Stories – and there is something so satisfying about it! Although the charity shops are closed at the moment, just bag up anything you don’t want or need and store it until they do!
Skype a friend who makes you laugh
Keeping in close contact with all your friends and family using Facetime, Skype and WhatsApp couldn’t be easier – as well as being fun. With new apps popping up all the time like the House Party app, there’s no reason to be alone! Okay, so it’s not as good as meeting in person, but I tried it and really enjoyed it! Sometimes, I can’t be bothered to go out in the evenings, so this is the perfect solution even after lockdown. You can have a ‘shared’ chat, glass of wine in the comfort and safety of your own home. There’s nothing like a catch up with good friends to lift your spirits.
Take a long, hot Bath
Anyone else feel that they just need 5 minutes break from their family or partner? Not many of us are used to have our family around 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Soaking in a hot bath is the perfect way to get some time to yourself. I’ve had quite a few leisurely baths recently and they have been sheer luxury! Normally, I don’t have time for a bath, so just have a quick shower. But as I’ve had plenty of time recently, I have made bath time into a ritual and something to look forward to in my day!
I add a generous helping of Olverum Bath Oil and have my bamboo bath caddy well-stocked with all my favourite essentials; Tri-Balm, gua sha, and a face mask and it really feels very indulgent. You can even read your book and do some meditation while you’re there. Time to yourself is so important to recharge your energy levels and to revive the mind, body, and soul.
Connect with the Earth
If you are lucky enough to have a garden, use this time to do some planting, tidying and weeding in the garden. I listened to a spiritual coach the other day who recommended that we all reconnect with the earth during this time. Mother Earth needs to heal and we can all do our bit by caring for her again. If you live in an apartment, take this time to repot and feed your houseplants, as they are such an important part of your home. Caring for the earth has to be one of the most important self-care ideas for lockdown!
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Get A Good Night’s Sleep
It can be tempting when you’re not at work to over-indulge in alcohol, but this is counterproductive as it will disrupt your sleep pattern. Sleep is vital during stressful times. Not only is it essential for our mental health, but studies have also shown that a good night’s sleep can help the brain cope with emotional challenges.
It’s important to address a restless sleep pattern before it becomes a habit or turns into full-blown insomnia. Why? Because lack of sleep can make us irritable, cause low mood and even bring out erratic behaviours. So, with this in mind, try to introduce a relaxing routine to help you wind down before going to bed and notice what works best for you.
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Wishing you all well in the next few weeks, physically and mentally. If you are feeling that you can’t cope, be sure to call a friend or The Samaritans. We will get through this, but we may all need some help from time to time. There’s no need to feel ashamed if you have feelings of being overwhelmed or that you’re not coping.
I hope you enjoyed my Self-Care Ideas for Lockdown. Let me know how you get on and if you have any favourite self-care and self-love tips.
|Natalie Shirlaw is passionate about healthy living and writes posts about wellbeing. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to pin it or share it!|