3 Self Care Tips That Will Get You Through Lockdown

Self care tips are everywhere you look these days.

And for good reason.  Our generation is in an unprecedented time of worries about health and safety and political mudslinging.  Simply put, we are stressed.

Self care is just that: activities that help you take care of yourself.  They can be big actions, but often it is the small day to day rituals that really have a massive impact. I talk about what self care really is here, so after you read this, go check that out. It will really make you take a look at your self care practices and evaluate whether or not they are actually helping.

I met Sophie on Twitter, and I loved her down to earth wisdom about self care, so I asked if she would share it with you all.  Check out her advice, and let us know your favorite self care activities in the comments!

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Self care tips you need to hear

So, I think it’s safe to say the lockdown is getting to us all at least a little bit.

Especially since the government has announced it’s being extended to three more weeks! Do not fear, though.  I ‘m about to give you all my top self care tips that are bound to help make you feel 10x fresher, as if you haven’t been stuck in the house for a month at all.

Go for a walk everyday

The government has allowed us to go for one form of exercise each day, e.g. a bike ride, a run, or a walk, so USE IT! Don’t waste this one form of exercise allowance. Would the government really have allowed it if it wasn’t important? NO! 

Getting out of the house at least once a day, even for a short walk, is essential to our physical and mental health. So, get out of bed or step away from your desk and go outdoors! You will feel so much more relaxed and clear-headed, trust me. 

If you’re trying to build up your stamina and improve your physical and mental health in the form of exercise, I’d really recommend the couch to 5k app to help ease you into running! I’ve heard it’s been super beneficial for many people, so I would definitely give that a go if you’re wanting to get into running.

Have a pamper night

Pamper nights, for me, as genuinely essential to keeping my mental health in top form. I’m not saying doing a face mask is going to solve all your problems, but I am saying that taking some time, maybe an hour out of your evening, to have a hot shower and do some skin care may help you feel more relaxed.  And it can help you get a better sleep during the night ahead. Just give it a go and I’m sure you’ll feel so much better for it! 

My favourite face during quarantine has been the Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep mask, as it calms my skin down and leaves it looking so much brighter and more clear the next morning! I also love the John Frieda Frizz Ease hair mask and the OGX Moroccan Oil hair mask, which never fail to leave my hair so silky smooth. 

I spoke in my Monthly Favourites post about some of my favourite beauty and skin care products, so definitely check that out if you need some new pamper goodies whilst in self-isolation.

Read a book

This is one of my most important self care tips. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy reading, reading a simple, short, easy book will definitely help you to escape from reality and live in a whole new world, as you live vicariously through the characters. 

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One of the Top 3 Things I Love About Books is how much easier I drift off the sleep after reading them! As someone who suffers severely with sleeping problems, it’s a miracle that books do this and I’m so grateful for it. 

I have some book recommendations for quarantine in my February-March Reading Wrap-Up, which talks about what books I read throughout the month and which ones I recommend to you guys. I also have a post on How to Read More Books, if you’re someone who struggles to read a lot! 

Some of my favourite books that I absolutely recommend you to read are The Perfect Wife, as well as Killing Commendatore and All The Bright Places. Oh, and I’d also really recommend It’s Kind of a Funny Story if you’re into mental health fiction! I also have a post about the Top 3 Books I Read Throughout 2019, so that will give you some great recommendations too!

So, there’s my advice for whilst we’re all stuck in lockdown! Thank you so much to Jen for allowing me to guest post on her amazing blog! I really hope you’re all doing well and staying safe at home. <3

What are your favourite self care activities?

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101 thoughts on “3 Self Care Tips That Will Get You Through Lockdown”

  1. This pandemic and being at home for a long time is really challenging that’s why focusing on self care is essential. Thank you for all these tips! We have to take care of our mental health as well.

  2. I’m not really a book reader but this lockdown taught me to do things I don’t really usually do. Great book suggestions I’ll try to read them. I’m a movie lover too, Self-care is really important and this lockdown gaves us chance for self-care. Wonderful tips!

  3. Such a useful tips and I think everyone should do this most especially for us women. I need to go for more walk everyday at least 30mins every morning. Thank you!

    1. Hey Pam, definitely! My husband’s never really been “a reader,” but he texted me an article yesterday, and said, “Did you know reading was so good for your brain?” DUH! Thanks for reading!

    1. Hey Sarah, it’s been awful for me to be honest. And I’m an introvert! I’ve had to be more vigilant than ever about self care and asking for help from my husband with the kids. Take care, and thanks for reading!

  4. I definitely needed this! I have been at home with our daughter since March. I have left the house maybe 5 times, all for emergency appointments. Our daughter is extremely high risk so home we stay but oh my goodness, this momma is about ready to pull out her hair being stuck in this house so long! πŸ™‚ Health conditions keep me from just going for a walk and such and I keep putting off other things (like an oh so needed hair cut) but yeah, I need to do a little self care and take care of me so I can continue doing my best taking care of our daughter.

    1. Aww hang in there. I can sympathize to some degree. I’m high risk myself, so I’m really just trying to only go to my OB appts or any other necessary drs appt. It is so so draining when they’re small. Just keep on keeping on. I hope this is all over soon! Thanks for reading!

    1. Hey Melissa, for that I love reading and sudoku/logic puzzles and things like that. With these little kids running around, my brain is likely to turn to mush lol. Thanks for reading!

  5. Nice post. I go for a walk by the lake (a short walk from my house) almost everyday. I’m now 6 weeks into yoga (and can’t recommend it enough for spiritual and physical benefits). Reading and DIY projects are also great ways to keep active and the mind working. Thanks for the post,

  6. Nice post! While being in quarantine my family took a dog and now walks is my favorite part of a day! β™₯ One more thing that actually helps me to relax and forgot about everything that happens around is crosswords! Yeap! It’s relaxing and very helpful.

  7. Going on walks definite a good tip. Just getting out of the house during this time gives you a break and some fresh air. I’ve been working so I definitely want to make more time to read a book. Good tips. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I can only guess at the damage all of this stress is causing our bodies. We’ve been dealing with pandemics and almost nightly severe weather so I could use any help I can get these days.

  9. These tips are great and all three are actually things I’ve been doing. A daily walk or run has been so great for my soul! Also, my book club recently went virtual when several members moved over the holidays, so it was perfect that we had it set up like this when quarantine hit. I’m so thankful for that group and keeping me on my reading game!

  10. Great tips, thanks for sharing. I’ve actually been doing all three (plus Netflix) every day just to have a balance between homeschooling, family life, and working from home.

  11. Going for a walk really helps me when I’m feeling anxious or upset. I’m sure it does wonders to prevent anxiety as well. I have a hard time putting a good book down, so I sometimes stay up later to read than I should. However, I know a lot of people read a chapter before going to sleep, and they say it really helps them relax.

  12. We don’t have exercise outing regulations here in America, it’s just encouraged to limit time out in general and to stay 6 feet away from others. But I really need to do better about getting outside. Staying inside so long was really starting to negatively affect my mental health. I finally took a good walk on Sunday and it helped me so much!

  13. I am more grateful then ever to be living out in the country, where I can stroll in the forest and sit under apple trees, and it makes me smile to see others living in the big city also going out for a walk where the air is suddenly cleaner then it has been in centuries!

    Books have been great friends to me right about now, and I look forward to heating up my hot tub for a soak! Thanks for sharing this little slice of relaxation. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m trying to get back to jogging but my endurance is shot. LOL. I’ve been walking daily though, so it’s something! Thanks for reading.

    1. I’ve been walking on the treadmill before the kids get up and it’s really nice! I’ve also been doing more reading. One of my favorite things! Thanks for reading!

  14. These are all such great self care tips. I completely agree about going for a walk every day. It’s so important for your mental health to go outside and get some fresh air.
    It’s so important to take care of yourself, especially in these hard times.

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