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This year sure got really strange really quickly. It’s hard to say what’s worse: the boredom or the monotony. For those people who aren’t dealing with actual tragedy and big-time financial fallout, all the social distancing is getting harder by the day.

There either isn’t much to do around the house — or there’s way too much. Kids, pets, housework, work, and much, much more. It’s enough to make anyone climb the walls.

What you needs is a way to unwind. What you need is some time for yourself. What you need is some self care.

Sure, this has become a buzzword in recent years and a bit of a cliche. But don’t let that put you off. There really are good practices to employ as long as you adopt the right mindset.

If not now then when? Let’s face it: It’s high time you carved out some you time and started to employ the following three actually useful self-care tips during quarantine.

1. Cook a New Cheat Meal

We all like to indulge in a little bit of decadence now and again. Even the healthiest eaters need to let it all go once in awhile — for their mental health if nothing else. For a lot of people, this used to mean going to a restaurant or ordering delivery once a week when they just weren’t feeling it in the kitchen.

But, now, you may lack such options. So, instead, learn to make something you love. Whether it’s pastries or cupcakes or pasta alfredo or fried chicken, figure out how to do it homemade style. It will be fun and — if you get it right — delicious at the same time. Even in the worst-case scenario, at least you figured out a good way to pass another night.

2. Time to Glow Up

Sitting around the house, it’s easy to give up a little bit. Who is really still putting on makeup? Really, who is still even putting on jeans! Still, even though you may not be worrying too much about presentation, you do want to take the time to keep yourself healthy — in all areas.

No, you don’t need to put on foundation or layer on the eye shadow. But your skin still needs some loving care. One of the best options to keep that healthy glow is to understand the benefits of a Vitamin C serum. With just a simple, regular application, you will have clearer, more hydrated, and less wrinkly skin. This way, you won’t completely fall apart at home.

3. Keep Your Words

In normal times, most people struggle to keep up on their reading list. Between kids, family commitments, work, errands, friends, and everything else, who has the time? Well, now you do! And while there’s nothing wrong with binging on some Netflix, there really is something to be said about curling up with a good book.

Chances are, you probably even feel a little bit guilty about how little you read in 2019. So beyond the actual enjoyment aspect of it all, you’ll probably get a nice boost from the sense of achievement you get after finishing that last page.

The Value of Self Care in Strange Times

Who ever thought they would be spending this much time at home? It’s enough to drive a person crazy. But only if you let it. Now more than ever, it’s vitally important to practice some self care. It’s the only way to make it through all of this without pulling all your hair out.

You’ve probably heard all about the ways you should mediate, pick up yoga, sleep right, and exercise daily. That’s all good advice. But try to expand your view of self care in these moments to really do some things you truly enjoy. Cook a little banquet fit just for you. Take care of your skin so you still feel great when you look in the mirror. And pick up that book you bought in 2016 that you just haven’t made time to read.

Good self care is about not putting too much pressure on yourself to fit into some wellness mold. Don’t force new healthy habits — unless they are a good fit. Just try to relax and focus on the things you love to do.

That, more than anything else, will help you make it out on the other side in one piece

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