Hey there! Hi there!
Can you have a mental check in?
How are you feeling?
What’s one thing you’re grateful for right now?
Is the sun shining where you are? If so, go outside to read this post. A little Vitamin D makes a world of difference.
I’m officially in week 5 of ‘stay at home’ orders and am slowly trying to find or adjust to a new normal. I’ve been able to create a routine mixed with workouts, career work, influencer/blogger work, dinners with husband, Zoom calls with friends and in between all that, carving out 20-30 mins for a little self care sessions.
When people say self care, we immediately think about massages and facials and all other pampering sessions. Not to say that’s not self-care, but with everything closed down except for essential businesses, I’ve been thinking outside of the box to decide what makes me feel great about myself – that in essence, in self-care at it’s finest.
Here are some things I’ve either done or plan to do (especially considering this new normal could last much longer than anticipated). Feel free to take a few or all of them. Sharing is Caring!!
- Read a Good Book – check out this post on my book list for 2020
- Declutter Session – pick an area of your space and spend time to clean, declutter, and make that space inviting
- Grateful list – I do this in Instagram every day, write down 3 things you’re grateful for (it puts things into perspective)
- Spend time in the sun – moderate sun exposure may have benefits for your health, including stronger bones, better sleep, improved mood, and a healthier immune system.
- Looking at the stars for 5 mins – did this for the first time in years and it brought back something so nostalgic that I forgot about
- Mini Yoga Session – I’ve been trying this quick 10 min morning yoga 3-4 times a week.
- Zoom lunch date with friends
- Taking a 30 min nap
- Watching old Disney movies
- Netflix watch party with friends
- Cooking a great meal – here a link of some great recipe/dinner ideas
- Soak in the tub with a great bath bomb
- Putting positing quotes on post it notes and putting them around the house
- Organize your phone apps
- While you’re at it – organize the hundreds of photos and videos on your phone (or clean up your laptop)
- Podcast binge – need some suggestions, here ya go
- Light a great candle
- Give yourself a mini facial
- Watch stand up comedy for great laughs
- Jot down your thoughts – if I’ve had a bad day, I use a ‘dump journal’ to write down all my frustrations and feelings. I never read what I write and trash it after it’s full.
- Create a travel bucket list – you know, whenever we’re able to buy flights without crossing fingers and hoping they don’t get cancelled.
- Create a Pinterest boards for your travel bucket lists – I like to pin sample itineraries, things to do, places to eat. It gets me ready for travel and I have an idea on what to expect when traveling.
- Setup/Create a budget – if this situation taught is anything, it’s that one can never be too financially prepared
- Go for a walk
- Have a glass of wine
- Switch off social media for 24 hours
- Same for the news – I turn on CNN for 10 mins a day in the morning and at night. anything more gives me major anxiety
- Dance to good music
- Do 1 thing you’ve been putting off – painting my front door as soon as I finish this post
- Make your bed – make a habit of doing this daily
- Give a nice comment on Instagram – be a reason someone smiles today
- Draw/Doodle – I haven’t gotten into adult coloring books but trying to get back into random abstract drawing I use to do
- Mini online shopping spree – refer to #26 to make sure you have the funds to do this
- Make yourself a homemade latte or chai tea – not to pat myself on the back but my homemade vanilla latte in Starbucks worthy
- Bake something sweet – I made Joanna Gaines’s chocolate chip cookies last week … major SUCCESS. Trying my hands at Banana Nut Bread/Muffins this week
- Give yourself some TLC
- Put your pj’s in the dryer for 10 mins before putting on – WARNING don’t try this unless you’re willing to commit to it every single day … it’s addictive
- Color code your closet
- Try your hands at a puzzle
- Support a local restaurant – me and husband have lunch and dinner one day a week and like to buy from local restaurants to help support
- Watch the sunset – not a great as watching it from the beach but something about the color of the sky turning does something special for my mental