Stuck at home? Whether you’re currently choosing to stay indoors due to the pandemic or you simply hate the idea of going outside, there’s no better way to enjoy your time at home than indulging in some serious self-care.
Even though the first things that may come to mind when we think of self-care are hour-long skincare routines and soaking up in the bathtub, I like to think of self-care as something that rather comes from the inside out.
Don’t get me wrong. I definitely have nothing against pampering ourselves, but I’m also a huge advocate for well-rounded routines that include looking after ourselves in every single way: physically, mentally, and soulfully.
Without further ado, here are some of the best self-care activities you can do today even if you’re stuck indoors!
Burn candles, diffuse essential oils, and turn your house into an improvised aromatherapy session! Not only is being inside a place that smells good incredibly nice but scents and odors have been proven to have a huge effect on the way you feel.
If you’re feeling stressed, scents like lavender or ylang-ylang can help. If you’re in need of a boost in energy, rosemary will do just the trick. Frankincense is another great option if a good sleeping session is what you’re after!
It’s not exactly a secret that connecting with your inner child can help you see the world with a little more joy and awe. A great way to do that is by re-adopting hobbies and interests we used to love when we were little but that slowly took the backburner once we started growing up.
What did you love doing when you were a kid? It can be as simple as getting your hands dirty and painting a picture, building a fort in the living room, or re-adopting that long-lost interest you once had for dinosaurs!
Seriously, whatever it is, it’s never too silly. It’s never too late to re-adopt a hobby to make your inner child happy and as a result, make adulting feel a little lighter.
Journaling is one of the biggest forms of self-care. Creating a habit out of writing down about your days, including your thoughts and emotions has been proven to help process and approach situations in a much more effective way.
Even if you’re not currently going through a difficult time, writing simple things down, be it something someone said that made you smile or about an activity that brought you joy during the day can be a great way to identify happy thoughts and get you doing more of it.
As a note, you definitely don’t need to write a thousand-word essay on your day every day. In fact, one of the most effective ways to journal is to give yourself 5 to 10 minutes every evening and write freely – anything that comes to mind counts!
When you’re stuck at home, it can be incredibly easy to remain sedentary. Even if you’re not crazy about running on a treadmill for hours, getting a little exercise every day is incredibly important for your physical and mental health.
The great thing about being stuck at home? You may have a little extra time on your hands to try a few things out! Youtube is your best friend here. Have you always wanted to learn how to dance salsa, learn how to hula-hoop, or try your hand at pilates? There are tons of tutorials online for that!
Even though self-care comes from the inside out, pampering yourself is also key to feeling well.
Although nothing quite compares to booking a day at the spa, setting up your own little spa at home can be a ton of fun. Think DIY mani-pedis, reading a book while soaking in the bathtub with bath bombs, or crafting up a brand new skincare routine!
Scheduling time to worry about everything may sound super counterproductive, but hear me out.
Setting a specific time to actually worry about the things that are bothering you will not only teach you how to redirect your brain if it starts to think about problems outside of “worry time”, but having a designated schedule to worry about things will also train your brain to approach problem-solving with a clearer head.
P.S. Keep your scheduled worry time away from bedtime!
I hope this list of self-care activities to try when you’re stuck indoors gave you some ideas to make your day a little easier and more focused on your overall wellbeing. If possible, make it your mission to turn these activities into ongoing habits even after you’re free to roam outside!