We are living in unprecedented times. Many are losing income, getting sick, and adjusting to a new way of living or working. As uncertainty looms amid the coronavirus pandemic, it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves, which can ultimately impact our physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as our relationships with others. Practicing self-care every day is thus paramount.
Contrary to popular belief, incorporating self-care to your daily routine need not be inconvenient nor expensive. In fact, the little things in your day to day can be self-care moments in themselves. Here, we list down simple ways to practice self-care at home.
Meditation is a calming practice that allows you to be in the present and find stillness. It can alleviate stress and stress-related health problems. All you have to do is sit comfortably, focus on your breathing, and quiet your mind. If meditating in total silence isn’t your thing, there are several podcasts that provide guided meditation exercises.
2. Take a nice bath
Sure, adding candles, music, and bath salts can transform your usual rinsing and washing into an indulgent experience. But choosing the best bath products that nourish your skin works just as well in the realm of self-care.
For a relaxing bath, use Dove Nourishing Body Wash. It has a creamy consistency that is gentle to the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. If your skin is sensitive, Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash has an ultra-mild formula that cleanses and moisturizes skin. Moreover, the Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash sloughs off dead skin cells and dirt to reveal smoother skin. Shower yourself with care and get your own bottle here.
3. Give yourself a massage
No need to leave the house or book professionals to give you a luxurious massage. You can do it all by yourself! Self-massages are a great alternative to reduce pain and ease tension in your body.
If your feet and lower back hurt, you can roll a tennis ball on them. Just apply enough pressure with gentle movement to remove your knots. For neck pains, use the “heels” of your hands to massage the back of your neck in a circular motion. To improve the blood circulation in your scalp, gently massage it with your fingers.
4. Set screen time limits
With the amount of information available at our fingertips, it’s inevitable to find ourselves stressed over the news and toxic posts on social media. Research has shown that social media can impact our mental health and sleep. We suggest disconnecting from your phones, laptops, and tablets (even for a couple of hours) to let your brain rest and recover.
5. Write a gratitude list
To be healthy is to be happy. By writing gratitude lists, you can appreciate the littlest things like waking up to a new day, having breakfast with the family, and the likes. Start by looking for moments of gratitude throughout your day, no matter how normal the day feels. You can write them down in a notebook or on pieces of paper and drop them in a jar.
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