Mental Health 101
The COVID-19 crisis is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges any of us will face in our lifetimes. While most of us are being called upon to simply #StayHome, isolation from friends, family and other mental health support systems during lockdown makes it easy to slip into old, damaging routines and self-destructive behaviours, such as eating too little or too much, disturbed sleep and lack of interest in personal care.
In these unprecedented times, it is therefore imperative to keep up with your self-care routines. Whether this involves reading a good book, cooking a delicious meal for yourself or getting in a few minutes of exercise per day, maintaining your mental health through this period should be at the top of your priorities list.
However, if you have begun to notice signs of anxiety and depression in yourself over the past few weeks, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. More importantly, know that you are not resigned to feeling this way for the remainder of this period or even once it has ended.
Self-care is one of the best combatants against feelings of helplessness and uncertainty, as it allows you to focus on the present moment. But, where to begin? While it may seem selfish to pamper yourself with at-home beauty treatments while others fight on the frontlines against COVID-19, there is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in some 'me time'. So, discard those feelings of guilt and get busy sprucing yourself up. Here are some simple at-home beauty routines you can try while under lockdown to ramp up your self-care:
DIY Face Masks
Did you ever raid mom's kitchen for overripe bananas, avocado or lemon juice when you were younger? We sure did! DIY pamper sessions were the highlight of our childhood slumber parties. So, why not take a trip down memory lane while under lockdown and spoil yourself with a soothing face mask made out of basic pantry staples? Not only will your skin feel more supple and glow, but you can sit back and take a few deep breaths while the face mask works its magic.
You may want to practice a few mindfulness exercises while you're at it, to help alleviate excess anxiety. Not sure how to get in touch with your inner zen? There are tons of inspiring podcasts and live streaming meditations happening at the moment. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen to your favourite album or an awesome playlist. This DIY beauty routine is all about taking 15 minutes for yourself to reconnect, relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
The Perfect Bubble Bath
Yet another remnant of childhood to help soothe a disquieted soul is the humble bubble bath. Of course, just as you have become more complex with age, so should your bath routine. Make it a fancy affair by lighting a scented candle, pouring yourself a tall glass of wine and allowing your mind to slip into casual wandering. If you notice negative thoughts creeping in, make an effort to remain present in the moment. The warm, calming water should help you come back to yourself and possibly work through some of the problems that have been weighing on your mind.
Running low on bath goodies? Netflorist is now offering delivery on a range of body and bath essentials, from top local and international beauty brands. Alternatively, you can make your own bath salts, bath bombs and other nifty DIY beauty must-haves using all natural ingredients you probably already have stocked away in the bathroom cupboard.
With life under lockdown for the past 29 (and counting) days, your manicure is probably starting to peel or grow out. And, when last have you taken a peek down at your toenails? Even though the chilly autumn weather has begun to creep in, there is no excuse for growing dinosaur talons down there.
Book a spa day at home during these last days of lockdown to get those hands and feet in top condition. The simple act of painting your nails can do wonders for your state of mind. Your mani-pedi doesn't have to be perfect, so don't beat yourself up if you paint outside the lines. No one besides you and maybe your family is going to see it anyway. This is about taking pride in your appearance on the outside, to help boost positive feelings about yourself on the inside. So, get out those nail clippers, cuticle cutters and nail varnish as soon as you can.
Didn't have the time to get your gelish removed before lockdown began? Read this helpful article by Women24 on how to do it at home.
We bet you've seen tons of makeup challenges popping up on social media of late. This isn't because people are overly obsessed with the way they look, but because doing your makeup on a daily basis can be a great form of self-care. While it isn't for everyone, many people enjoy a good face beat to cheer themselves up. If you are working from home, this can also be a wonderful way to get motivated in the mornings. Dress as you normally would and get ready to tackle the day with a little concealer, bronzer and a bright pop of lip colour. You should notice an improvement in your productivity and overall gusto for life.
Makeup is about experimentation and learning, too. If you aren't working or studying from home, make time to play around with colour and different contouring techniques. Need a little inspiration to get started? Check out these top local beauty gurus to follow on social media.
Finally, we have the ultimate beauty routine to keep your mental health in fine form. Sleep! There is no better remedy for anxiety than a good night's rest. But, we know just how difficult it can be to achieve the perfect slumber under these conditions. The key is to allow yourself ample time to wind down in the evening, detaching from news, work and other stressors. Try to minimise your time spent online during the night and make sure to get at least an hour of no-screen time before bed.
You may also consider drinking a calming cup of chamomile or lavender tea to help boost your brain's production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Restorative sleep is as essential as any other form of self-care, so make it a top priority. Sweet dreams!
How have you been practicing self-care while under lockdown? Let us know about your at-home beauty routines in the comments below!