So, you are probably tired of going through social media a lot more than before, scrolling through posts that overwhelmingly remind you to learn something new, and be productive with your time while we are in self isolation mode. As much as we have all been involuntarily given the rare gift of time which we should definitely use wisely, it is also important that we get through this season with our mental and physical health in check. So here are 10 budget-friendly things you can think of for self-care while in isolation.
1. Create a vision board
While this seems like a lot of work, all you need is 1 or 2 magazines, a pair of scissors, a few pens and paper and a list of your dreams. I am a strong believer in the power of visualizing in manifesting dreams and aspirations, and a vision board somehow gives me clarity as to why I wake up to hustle and work hard everyday.
2. Read a new book
If you are not an avid reader, now may be the time to get something to keep your spirits up. Plus, there are apps like Audible for you to listen to the audio version of the book if reading is really not your thing.
Check out this post that shows my all-time 10 most inspiring motivational books.
3. Do a body scrub
If you haven’t done a body scrub in a long time, the most likely reason is…not enough time. So now that time is abundant, take a little extra 30 minutes to soak up in a bath tub, and then do a full body scrub. You don’t need to buy one to do this. I use 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of olive oil to start with, and continue adding oil to the mixture until I am happy with the consistency. Your body will thank you for this afterwards!
4. Do a DIY facial at home
You do not need to wait for the spa to open up again before doing a facial. All you need is your current skincare routine products, and a basin with hot water. Steam your face first, and then proceed with your usual skincare routine. You can use this opportunity to do a facial mask for a change.
5. Detox from social media
Social media usage has increased significantly since the global pandemic started spreading widely. My average phone hour useage has also increased by more than 25%, yikes! Stepping away from social media for a day or two might be just what you need for a refreshed mind. Plus, it will keep you away from all then negative news about what’s going on, that you shouldn’t be consuming anyway.
6. Play your favorite tune…on loud
If you last played your favourite tune in your car, which you probably have not used for a while, then now might be a good time to put your tune on loud, and sing along if you wish!
7. Put away your work for 24 hours
Yes, even though we need to keep focused on our goals and plans, some downtime never hurt anybody. Pack your laptop away and unplug for a day. I personally switch off my whatsapp as well if I need to fully unplug. The time away from your work may even give you time to think of some awesome ideas on a problem that you have been trying to solve. Self care in isolation also means being intentional about your working hours and having time to unwind from it all.
8. Dress up!
While dressing up may seem too much of a hassle since you are not going to be going anywhere anyway, it can definitely lighten up your mood. So get those stunner heels out, and wear one of your favourite outfits. You could even take a few photos with your phone as a memoir of how stunning you looked, and a reminder that things will get better soon.
9. Declutter your room
This might seem like a lot of work for self-care, but a decluttered and organized space might be what you need for a refreshed mind and body. Just the thought and awareness of a congested and untidy space could have a negative impact on how you are feeling. You will definitely feel like you have accomplished a lot by decluttering your room, and more than that, this might also resemble the turning of a new leaf in your life. So let go of things that you have not used in the last 6-12 months, donate what you need to donate, or if you are looking for some extra cents, put these old items on sale online.
10. Light up some candles
My favourite are the scented candles from Mr P Home, they are budget-friendly and smell amazing! You can light them up in your bathroom too, before soaking up in a salted bath for an extra rejuvenated feel. This is a simple thing to do, but will make you feel pampered at a very price-friendly cost!
I hope you have found this post useful in giving you a few tips for self-care this season of isolation. Take care xo