Mamas, let’s take a second and take a deep breath. No really, put down your phone, close your eyes, and take a good slow deep breath. OK, are you back? See how much better you feel?
I know that right now we are expected to do all the things: teach our kids, keep our homes running, stay on top of work, check on our parents—the list goes on and on. It’s a lot—and it was already a lot—but you are the piece that is keeping this whole thing going.
So if we don’t take care of ourselves, we’re going to break down physically or mentally (and that’s not good for anyone).
Below are five ideas for self-care that will help you keep the peace while quarantined with your family (and most of them are free or cost less than $10).
Three Words: Headphones and Music
What was the song that always got you and your friends dancing in college? The one that made you excited for a fun night out and you haven’t heard it in years. Yep, that one. Take five minutes to walk away from your family to an empty room, put on your headphones and dance it out. I am not talking about a subtle sway from side to side—dance it out.
Close your eyes and dance like no one is watching (because no one is) and let off some steam. I promise you’ll feel better.
Some of our favorite songs to dance to:
Virtual Happy Hours
Just because we’re apart doesn’t mean we can’t connect to those outside of our homes.
I’ve been having fun doing virtual happy hours with friends and having a festive beverage (or two) via Zoom, FaceTime and Google Hangout.
Honestly, I feel like I’ve connected with a ton of people that mean a lot to me that I haven’t seen in a while. Use this opportunity to check in with friends and show them that you care.
Fitness on YouTube
Always wanted to try kick boxing, Pilates, or finally nail that yoga headstand—but have always been too nervous to try a class? Now is the time—and it’s all free on YouTube.
Make it a goal to get your heart pumping 20 minutes a day. The endorphins will boost your mood and by the end of quarantine you’ll feel confident enough to take a class outside the house.
Get your kids involved and consider it their PE for the day (just make sure they don’t roundhouse each other).
Some of our favorite classes:
Sheet Masking for the Apocalypse
We’re stressed, we’re tired and it’s been cloudy for weeks (thankfully sun is in the forecast this week) so our skin has surely looked better.
A sheet mask is the perfect way to give your skin a little TLC. There are tons of sheet masks out there so don’t be afraid to play Goldilocks trying different ones that give you a glow. That way when we all come out of this mess, people will think you were quarantined at a spa.
Some of our favorite masks:
Binge Watch to Your Hearts Content
You’ve spent all day making everything happen and you need to just check out for a little while.
Thankfully there are plenty of digital ways to help you do that. With Netflix, Amazon and Hulu there are tons of binge-worthy options even if you’ve cut the cable cord.
Movie studios are even releasing movies that would normally be in theaters directly to homes. It is primetime for some binge watching.
Some of our favorites to check out.
The Invisible Man
Love is Blind, Netflix (It’s wonderfully disastrous.)
Brittany Runs A Marathon, Prime
Mad Men, Netflix (Yes, it’s an older show—but if you didn’t watch it then, pick it up now.)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Prime
Do you have other ways that you’re bringing in some self-care during quarantine? Tell us about it at email@example.com.
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