Massage at home or a good book? It's time to relax
Our lives are very busy, which can be stressful especially if we don’t take a bit of time to slow down a little & relax. It's important to add something into our daily lives that can help ensure we are staying healthy.
During 'normal' times it's a lovely thought to arrange a spa day or go and get your hair done, but during Covid-19, with the message that staying at home is best, what can you do?
Some of our favourite at-home self-care habits
Go For A Walk
Working from home can mean it’s easy to forget that we haven’t actually left our house all day. Plan the time you will switch off and get outside for some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Take a different route each day, take time to enjoy nature and have a change of scene.
Take a bath
Run a bath, adding your favourite aromatherapy oils or salts. At the end of the day, it’s a great way to wind down and encourage sleep. Why not pop a face and hair mask on to get extra feel-good benefits.
Have a massage at home
Visiting a spa is not always practical and with us all trying to keep safe during covid times, think about having a massage at home instead. The beauty of massage at home means you don’t need to run around trying to get to your appointment on time and afterwards you can be left relaxing and maximising that post-massage feeling. The ultimate feel-good treatment, and helping to keep you safe.
Prepare a tasty & nutritious meal. Pick your favourite recipe or try something new. It’s all too easy to grab something quick through the week when we are busy but taking a little time to get some fresh ingredients and physically going through the process of making dinner from scratch can be very relaxing as well as helping ensure we get the dietary requirements helping to keep us well.
Easily done at home as it doesn’t need much room and very little jumping around required. It’s a great exercise for the body as well as relaxing for the mind. Download a video that is perfect for you, whether you are a beginner or a little more experienced. You never regret doing some exercise!
Read a good book
Losing yourself in a good book is one of life's simplest pleasures. Regular reading helps lower blood pressure and heart rate improves brain connectivity and reduces stress. Are you a paper person or an audio person? Doesn’t matter, whatever can help stop the evening scrolling and that you find a book that suits you is the important thing.
Phone a friend
When was the last time you called someone? We all use other methods of contacting much more now, but speaking to people can make you happier! Helps you feel more connected to friends and family.
Get plenty of sleep
It’s crucial to get enough sleep as it affects every part of our lives if we don’t. Try to have a bedtime routine, switch off your phone well before you plan to sleep, wind down in the evenings if you can. Try various bedroom and bedding arrangements for what makes you feel most comfortable.
Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s taking an active role in your own health and happiness, especially important during times of stress. Taking time to do the things that you know you’ll enjoy and will make you feel better. Who doesn’t want to get that in their diary!