Published: 27/01/2021As we find ourselves in another national lockdown, it’s becoming more important than ever to look after ourselves and do things that make us feel good.
Everyone is different when it comes to self-care. For one person something like reading a book could be a chore, whereas for someone else it might provide a great escape from real life and be an activity they really enjoy.
We have noted down a few things below that you can do to practice self-care during these more difficult times.
Take a leisurely walk
We all know the benefits of going outside and getting some fresh air, but especially at the moment, it seems more important to prioritise this. With many of us now working from home it can be very easy to slip into a routine where you aren’t leaving the house at all, which isn’t good for anyone. Taking a short amount of time out of your day to head outside and get some fresh air is a great way to re-focus and clear your mind.
Check out our blog featuring nine different walks across Norfolk here.
Read a book
Something that a lot of people like to spend their spare time doing is reading a good book. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, getting yourself lost in a book is a great way to escape the stresses of real life and take your mind off things for a little while.
The Book Hive, a local bookshop in Norwich, have an online store if you’re looking to pick up a new book.
Have a bath/shower
Although we consider having a bath or a shower to be a necessity and part of everyday life, quite often we don’t have the time to treat it as a relaxing experience. Rather than rushing to get yourself washed, sometimes it’s nice to take an hour and really enjoy the process. If you’re having a bath you could even treat yourself to a bath bomb, light some candles or perhaps watch a TV show whilst you chill.
The Candle Brand are a Norfolk based business who sell beautiful, vegan candles if you wanted to treat yourself to something new.
Put on a facemask or do your skincare
Whilst you’re taking a bath or shower, why not treat your skin? Whether you pop on a face mask or cleanse and moisturise, this is a good way of showing your skin some love – and it’s not just for the ladies! If your skin feels good, then you’re more likely to feel good, too.
The Retreat, a spa based in Brancaster, have a Facebook page which is a great place to go for skincare advice and you can also purchase lovely skincare from there too.
Chat to friends
The world feels pretty isolating at the moment for a lot of people and if you’re used to being a social butterfly then not seeing friends for a long time can be difficult to deal with. Try and allocate some time to check in on friends you haven’t seen or spoken to in a little while. Texting is fine but actually seeing their face on a video call feels much more real!
You can video call friends/family using apps/websites such as Zoom or Houseparty.
This one will depend on what it is you’re interested in but making something comes in many different forms; you could make something crafty, bake a cake or cook your favourite meal, for example. Especially since restaurants are closed, it might be nice to try and recreate one of your favourite dishes from a particular place, or just cook something that you know you love. Eating good food is a brilliant form of self-care.
Shiki, a Japanese restaurant in Norwich has recently launched a Sunday sushi kit, including everything you need to create your own sushi at home.
Or, if you're looking for something sweet, Sweet Things Savoury, based in Norfolk/Cambridgeshire offer 'bake at home' kits.
Learn something new
They say you’re never too old to learn something new and in fact doing so is very good for our brains! If you’re struggling to fill your newfound spare time, then perhaps try doing or learning something new.
Perhaps you have always wanted to learn a particular language or there’s a topic that interests you, whatever it is, spend some time delving deeper. Not only will it occupy your mind, but you’ll be gaining skills at the same time!
Skillshare is a great resource for taking a variety of different online classes.
Duolingo is a free app/website where you can learn over 30 different languages.
Listen to your favourite music
This one may seem like an obvious one but quite often when we’re listening to music, we’re doing something else at the same time. When was the last time you sat down and listened to your favourite music without any distractions? It’s a great way to loose yourself and escape for a little while.
Now this could be some people’s worst nightmare but for a lot of people, organising and decluttering can be a great way of clearing your mind and feeling productive. Perhaps there’s an area or room in your home that you have been meaning to sort out for a while, getting it done will feel brilliant and be a weight lifted off your shoulders. Tidy life, tidy mind!
You can find our tips on decluttering here.