Indulging in the things that make us happy is the first step to ensuring self-care. We spend plenty of time working and taking care of our home needs, it can be easy to forget our personal needs. Self-care relies on increased self-awareness and by practicing this awareness you will be able to receive benefits like better sleep, improved focus, and stronger relationships. Your positive daily routine can and will support a happier and healthier outlook for you to enjoy. Take a moment to explore these 5 simple ways to include in your self-care regimen.

Draw a Bath

The bath we are talking here is not just getting in and out the shower, but actually sitting in a bathtub, allowing your muscles to relax in warm water, drawn with bath salts and illuminated only by candles or low lighting. Reserve the bathroom for 30 minutes or so and embrace yourself in this homemade spa. Play some relaxing music and grab the book that you have been dying to finish. To make this experience better, heat up your towel, place it under your neck and have a cup of herbal tea next to you. Your body will thank you whenever you commit to this bath fully. Try to schedule this 30-minute bath time with yourself on a weekly basis.

Learn A New Skill

Learning a new skill will help boost your confidence and makes you feel better. It seems like a lot of work, but when it comes to learning from home, it’s a different story. You are now able learn a new skill and follow your own rhythm. You don’t have to impress anyone or prove anything to a set of classmates. Take that kickboxing class on Instagram live, the cooking class on YouTube, or the DJ class on Mastercalss. As long as you have access to the Internet, there are plenty of platforms that will allow you to learn whatever you want to learn and pause whenever you need to. Take the ballet as an example, though people always go to dance studio to take the class, all you need is space and a table or pole to hold on to for balance. The possibilities with home learning are endless. Besides, this is the best time to learn a new skill.

Go on a Walk

Depending on where you live and how intense the winters get there, you have the option of going on a brisk or long walk. Walking allows you to connect with the earth, get fresh air, intake vitamin D, and feel energized. Being home for days straight, can make the outdoors feel foreign. By going on a walk and engaging with the outdoors again, your eyesight will be stronger, pain in the body will be mitigated and your immune system will receive a natural boost. Avoid being labeled as a stranger by your neighbors and let the outdoors be a part of your weekly or even daily routine. The sun and fresh oxygen provide more for your body than anything indoors does.

Meditate Yourself

If you have never done meditation, give it a try. Meditation allows you to relax your mind and body. Find a quiet place in your home or your backyard where you won’t be disturbed. Slip on your yoga dance pants, sit comfortably on you rolled out towel or yoga mat, and close your eyes. Focus on your breath and allow your mind to quiet down. Once you have created the environment you need to meditate, you have the options of following videos online or listening to an app on your phone. Explore books, podcasts and anything else related to mental health to help guide you through your journey.

Paint as a Hobby

Painting is relaxing. It helps with managing stress and relieving mental strains. Some people like DIY craft projects but if it doesn’t spark your interest, painting is the way to go. To get started, you can simply search on Google for a painting guide. You can buy paints, canvases, and drawing paper through online or your local stores. Let your creative side blossom. Painting regularly will also stimulates your optimistic attitude and cultivate emotional growth.

There are plenty of ways to start and maintain a self-care routine that will keep you motivated, focused, and energized. These are just a few ways that are easy to do during your quarantine. During this difficult time, It is important to make sure you take good care of your mind, body, and soul every day, not just when you are feeling under the weather. Pick at least one of these simple ways to incorporate into your self-care routine today and try to maintain it for at least 2 weeks. Once you schedule these activities into your weekly routine you will notice a change in both how you feel and your outlook on life. Embrace the change and embrace self-care.

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