The state of the world is a strange one, and with many businesses having to change the way they operate or close down altogether, it’s likely that your lifestyle is looking very different. This doesn’t, however, need to be synonymous with letting yourself go. Here are five ways to keep yourself looking good and feeling good while in isolation.
1. Book In That Feel-Good Treatment
If you feel self-conscious about your smile or stained teeth but have struggled to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist, now might just be a perfect time. Dental clinics in many locations are still operating, albeit with restrictions on patient numbers and social distancing measures in place. With a teeth whitening appointment, you can literally brighten up your day and let this time be a transformative period for you, in more ways than one.
2. Practice A New Language
Along with the obvious benefit of being able to interact with more people, being multilingual has been shown to improve cognitive skills. It’s also a lot of fun, meaning your quarantine days are an excellent time to get into it! You don’t even need to enroll in a regimented online school if you don’t want to as there are many free and low-cost independent language learning apps available. Now that most of the world is keeping a low profile, you may even be able to find a language exchange buddy online to practice your speaking skills with.
3. Exercise At Sunrise Or Sunset
If your time outdoors has been restricted, be sure to time your allowable outings to the most beautiful moments of the day. Aside from enjoying the health benefits of waking up in time for sunrise, you can enjoy the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere that comes with being out long before anyone else. If you are into street photography, or just into taking selfies on those glorious walks, treat yourself to better photos by getting outside during the ‘Golden Hour’ of lighting, where most colors are visible. This magical time comes 30 minutes before and after sunset.
4. Rest and Play: You Don’t Need To Be Productive 24/7
Hustle culture tells us that we need to get optimal value out of every second. While workaholics may thrive on being mentally stimulated constantly, they are the exception rather than the rule for leading a healthy lifestyle. If you feel pressure to keep busy because of what other people are saying and doing, take a step back and think about what you actually want. If that means a little extra sleep or more time on a leisurely activity like playing with your pet, your body will feel much better than if you burn yourself out by forcing yourself to work on something you’re not enthusiastic about.
5. Set Up A Simple Home Spa
Personal services like massage, physical therapy, and day spas may be closed for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself. Treat yourself to a DIY spa experience by upgrading your bathtime with bath bombs, Epsom salts, your favorite essential oils, and some candles. Aromatherapy or oil massages can be a great date night activity, but even if you live alone, a bit of online shopping can set you up with a portable heated massager for your neck, back, and legs.
At the end of the day remember to stay safe and be kind to yourself. If any of the above ideas resonate with you, give them a try!