Self-Care and Ways to Relax in Quarantine

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In my last Talk with Em post, I spoke about how to relieve stress and anxiety. Today, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few ways you can take care of yourselves while you're limited to your homes as although it is a similar topic, many people forget to look after themselves when a routine is out the window. It is important to stay positive in times like these so self-care is vital.

Have a movie night

This is a great way to relax as it is customisable to your taste. Not only does it let you unwind but if you have a few snacks and allow your house members to join you, it can make for a wonderful evening. If you are struggling with what to watch, I have a list of great movies and series to watch - just click here!

Have a pamper night

It is important to take care of yourself while stuck at home so having a pamper night is a great way to show your body some love. For your pamper night you could:

  • Run yourself a bath, put on a face/hair mask and relax - possibly even stick on a film!
  • Use a body, lip or facial scrub to give your skin new life
  • Paint your nails and maybe even give yourself a makeover
  • Light some candles and sing your heart out to High School Musical
  • Make a fun fruit bowl and nourish the inside of your body

These are just a few ideas that you could do. There are so many other options but these are some of my favourites and are easy to do with things around the house.

Be productive and don't be productive

This one is confusing. Have a list of goals that you may want to obtain during this period of isolation. It could be as simple as making sure you have breakfast every day to learning a new language. By keeping productive instead of lying in bed all day, not only are you improving your physical health but you are also keeping your mind happy and active. Equally, don't overdo it. If you make a list of goals don't feel pressured to complete them. Setting yourself 50 goals to do in a matter of weeks can put stress on you so limit the amount you aim to achieve and make sure they are obtainable.

Have regular phone calls with family

It is important to stay in contact with people, especially if you or your loved one lives alone. It can be comforting to phone someone and to hear their voice. You could even video chat with them. Every Sunday, my family set up a large group call on Zoom and we talk for a few hours. It may be once a week but it brightens everyone's day and keeps everyone in the loop. It is also nice to keep my Grandma company.

Eat regularly and exercise

It is important to look after your body physically as well as mentally. It is easy to sit down and watch TV all day but for 30 minutes a day, try a more active task. A few things you could do are:

  • Join in with Joe Wicks' PE lessons at 9 am every weekday - especially if you have kids who need to get moving
  • Do some yoga as this also helps with the mind
  • Housework - Let's get our spring clean on!
  • Use your daily outdoor exercise wisely - It may not be a good idea to go for a walk/run/cycle every day but if you are really craving fresh air, please be careful and follow the Government guidelines :)

Eating is also important but eating the right foods is key. Make sure you are having regular meals and that you are getting the right amount of all the food groups to keep your body well-nourished.

Read a book 

This self-care and relaxation tip can allow you to escape into another world. Reading has a range of amazing benefits from reducing stress to improving your own literacy skills so is an amazing thing to do. I want to start getting back into reading and now is the perfect opportunity!

I hope these ideas have helped. Let me know what your favourite self-care activities are below or message me on my social media channels. Don't forget to stay safe and healthy. My messages are always open should you want a chat.

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  1. Exactly, proper eating and exercise habits are key to healthy life

  2. Great post! I deffo agree that eating healthy and exercising is very important. I always get out the house for a 30 minute walk everyday. I'm thinking of having a movie night tonight to chill out x

  3. Definitely some good ideas. I have been doing movie nights and exercising, but I have not spent enough time reading for fun.

  4. Such a great post full of some great ideas. It's so important for us to be taking care of ourselves during this time and not let things get on top of us. Thanks for sharing!
    Philippa Claire

  5. I've found movie nights and reading to be really helpful as a distraction when the news has left me feeling stressed or anxious. It's good for my mental health to switch off from the world every now and then. I've been using my hour to walk my dog and it's really nice to get out for that short time x


  6. These are brilliant suggestions, thanks for sharing Em! I absolutely love the idea of a pamper night, it's my birthday at the weekend so I'm planning a little 'home spa day' to totally relax :) I love that you mentioned we don't need to be productive either, it's such a strange time for everyone, we have to make sure we are being kind to ourselves and not adding extra stress. Fab post, have a lovely week! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  7. A big yes to a film night!! Can't beat a bit of HSM either haha x