We are living in a strange time with many challenges right now. Most of us are stuck at home without being able to socialise in person with our friends, and we are not living life as per usual. As beauty salons and spas are considered non-essential businesses and start to close across the world, our beauty routines are taking a nosedive along with the economy. There’s never been a time like the present to treat yourself with care and find new, creative ways to combat any negative thoughts that may get in your way while chillin’ at home.

Difficult times can also be a challenge for our mental health. Sitting at home alone for hours is probably not something you are used to doing. You’ll have to find ways to keep a productive schedule and explore new things that bring you joy. Today, I want to share with you some self-care ideas that will help you during quarantine or self-isolation. We hope you are staying safe and hanging in there!

  • Treat Yourself 

We hope you stocked up on beauty merchandise before the stores closed! But no worries, you can get all the beauty products you need shipped right to your door. It’s time to stock up on little gifts for yourself, maybe some face masks and definitely bath bombs. If you think about it, you are saving a ton of money by not leaving the house for an extended time. You don’t need to pay for petrol or a train pass; you aren’t eating out — so take this time to splurge a little on yourself. Consider buying a gift certification for treatments like a micro-needling facial or full-body exfoliation for when the lockdown is over. I bet a lot of beauty salons will be offering specials to get more business in the door. 

  • Indulge in Some Homemade Treats

I don’t know about you, but I’m cooking more than ever during the quarantine — quite frankly, I’m sick of washing dishes. But trying new recipes and baking homemade treats is giving me life right now. There’s something very satisfying about pulling something out of the oven you made yourself. I totally recommend baking during quarantine! And since you have control over the ingredients, you can make it healthier than storebought treats. Try using coconut oil instead of butter, and coconut palm sugar or agave instead of white sugar. I’ve already made cookies, banana bread, biscuits, and brownies. 

  • Talk to Someone Online

If you are feeling overwhelmed right now or anxious about the future post-pandemic, it doesn’t hurt to talk to a professional. Many psychologists are offering appointments online during the crisis. Also, it’s a great time to schedule online dates with your friends. You want to maintain those friendships during this challenging time, and technology makes it easier than ever. Platforms like Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts have options for multiple people to join an online chat. I made a plan to reach out to friends I hadn’t spoken to in a while to see how they are doing, and have group lunch dates with my friends who are working from home. It has been a life-saver and helps me feel I’m not alone in this struggle.

  • Learn Something New

Now is the best time to learn something new since you have free time! Take advantage of this time at home. Many places offer free online classes, like Harvard, for instance. But you can also find low-priced courses right now, so if you have a little budget, the choices are endless. Have you always dreamed of taking a belly dancing class, or maybe you want to up your skills in programming for better job opportunities? Are you thinking of going vegan but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you want to learn a new language? Whatever it is — go for it. Not only will it be fun and educational, but you also get the side benefit of boosting your confidence because you weren’t scared to try something new. Courage is the new black.