I don’t think I have ever craved me-time as much as I have during this lockdown.
Yes, it’s really lovely to get to spend lots of time with my family, enjoy meals together and time out in the garden.
But I’m someone who also really loves my own company. I love switching off, and not talking to anyone.
It’s been hard to get that downtime at the moment as it feels like every waking moment is filled with “Mummy, can I…?” or “Mummy, you need to…” and “Mummy, where’s my…?”
The first few weeks were especially hard trying to adjust to this new normal, and I felt like I was completely losing myself. Doing the bare minimum for myself when I could, exercise. But I was missing other things,like doing my hair and nails, and seeing my friends.
So over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out some things to promote self-care, help me with my mental health and also lift my mood.
1. Get up, exercise, shower and get dressed.
This might sound really simple, but also very hard when you’re a mum. It already seems impossible to shower and get dressed, and now I’m also asking you to exercise. Exercise is great for the mind as well as the body. It’s a great way to tell your body that you are honouring it and respect it enough to move.
After your workout, have a quick shower and get dressed for the day. You’d be surprised how much your outfit can set the mood for the day.
2. Put some makeup on.
For the first 3 weeks of lockdown, I didn’t see the point of wearing any make up. I wasn’t going anywhere. And then we had a glorious weekend of hot weather and we decided to have a BBQ at home and spend some time in the garden. I decided to put on a colourful jumpsuit and put some makeup on. I was in such a great mood that day. So much so, that I did the same thing the following day. And I’ve decided that where possible, I’ll put on some form of makeup everyday, even if it’s just eyeliner and mascara.
3. Work on your skincare routine
Now is the time to catch up with some beauty bloggers on youtube and find out how could take better care of your skin. You know those products you were worried about trying because they might cause your skin to look really red or break it out in spots? Well, now is the time to try those, since we’ve nowhere to go! Most online retailers are still delivering, so why not have a look at some places like Cult Beauty or Look Fantastic.
4. Go out for a solo walk/run
I have to run a couple of times a week. I started running because I was going to do a half marathon, which got cancelled due to coronavirus. But I’m still going because I really love it now. There’s no better way to get an endorphin release. I also love it because I get to turn on my favourite podcast or audiobook that I wouldn’t be able to listen to otherwise, and just tune out the world. It’s my time to focus on me and my running. You don’t have to run though. You can just go out for a walk. Speak to your partner and ask them to watch the kids so you can have some time out by yourself. It’s a great way to get energised and lift your mood at the start of your day, especially if the rest of your day is going to be hectic, like it is for many of us.
5. Have virtual hangouts
We don’t know how long it’s going to be before we can physically see our friends and extended families again. Thankfully we have so many tools now at our disposal to connect with our friends and families online. Lots of people are hosting parties via zoom and other online streaming platforms. So many events have had to be cancelled, but thanks to these platforms people have been hosting quiz nights, baby showers, live workouts, and even live concerts! If you haven’t already had a virtual date with your friends, then get planning!!