Carroten’s Guide to Self-Care
As we try and navigate our way through these uncertain (and unprecedented) times, now more than ever is when we should be practising a little self lovin’ aka self-care.
So here are a few tips on how to look after your body and mind during extended periods at home or while you are less connected to people, physically. Though not new strategies by any means, maybe by reading these tips once again, it invokes a sense of ownership in how you can live your life at the moment because we may not be able to control COVID-19 (for now!), we can definitely control how we feel.
Establish a Routine.
The first few days off work feel like a holiday, but it doesn’t take long before reality sets in. Although long days of Netflix and snacking might sound good initially, it’s not a solid long-term strategy when days of isolation turn into weeks.
For your own mental health, it’s a good idea to block out times of the day for different activities. It doesn’t need to be an hour-by-hour schedule – just include a basic outline of how you would like your day to go. Remember to include some housework, some exercise, a bit of self-improvement, some time outside, and a lot of relaxation. It’s fun to relax, but you can enjoy it so much more when you’ve ticked some other boxes first.
Achieve that ‘thing’.
All of us have something we want to achieve. If you’d like to learn French or programming, or you’d like to plan to travel Europe – now’s the time to start! Whether it’s learning, or preparation – almost everyone has something there’s “not enough time”. But right now? We have some time on our hands at home and that’s the perfect start.
There are so many free apps and other resources available that can genuinely help you to reach your goals. It doesn’t have to be hours every day, but just 15 minutes might have you coming out of this uncertain period with a definite edge and a feeling of achievement.
Move your body.
Exercise has never been so important. Not only does it improve your short and long term health, it can help you lose weight, stay focused and beat back those blues. A good trick to sticking with exercise is to find something you enjoy. Obviously large groups are out, but you can take up running, yoga, or any number of fitness programs via distance learning facilities. Exercise programs can help you use the time at your disposal for the benefit of your mind, body and soul during your period of isolating.
Sunlight and fresh air couldn’t be more vital. Aside from the benefits of increasing your Vitamin D levels, getting outside is one of the biggest boosts to your mental health that you can achieve from home. Getting outside can give you a sense of vitality and purpose. It’s a great time to really enjoy the sunlight on your skin.
Even through these times, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun. Carroten’s range are not only protective, but also moisturising and pleasant to use, which gives them a natural place in your self-care routine.
There has never been a better time to focus on looking after yourself. The beauty salons might be closed, but you can find plenty of products that help you recreate that luxury feel at home. It’s not just for the ladies – it’s a great time for men to get in touch with their feminine side and find out what all the fuss is about!
Soaking in a bath, tending to your feet and hands, and using face masques are an excellent way to create a retreat within your home. If you really want to ramp it up, use scented candles and don’t forget to finish tidying and cooking before you relax. That way you’ll be able to focus on unwinding.
If you’re running low on products, pharmacies like Chemist Warehouse are still open and offer “Click and Collect” or even home delivery. Take advantage of these options so you can browse in the comfort and safety of your own home, with minimal contact. You can get everything from beauty products to your favourite Carroten sunscreen, either delivered to your door or ready and waiting for collection.
Staying Safe and Well.
Safety should be the top priority for all of us, but don’t forget to also stay well. Self-care is about adding little things to your routine that promote a sense of wellbeing to your body and mind. What self-care looks like to you will be different to someone else, but what really matters is that you’re lifting your health and spirits, and taking charge of something that you can control – your own sense of wellbeing.
From everyone at Carroten to you, we hope you and your family stays safe and well, and can take the time to pause and add a little sunshine to your day.