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Self Care At Home – Coping Strategies for You and Your Family

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There are times in our lives when we may be ‘confined to quarters’ for a variety of reasons. There might be a well-publicized disease outbreak, that involves a mandatory lockdown.

However, for others, these conditions can occur at other times too. Disease, injury or illness (not necessarily physical) can cause us to feel that we have no option but to remain at home.

For some single parents, this feeling can seem ever-present. Even in traditional family situations, both nuclear and extended, it can mean that one person in the family is greatly responsible for the physical, emotional and spiritual care of the rest.

When our confinement involves other people, it can be even more complicated. Sometimes these ‘others’ can be a lift to the spirit, sometimes they can be an incredible burden, physically and emotionally.

When we are almost continually caring for the needs of others, often our resilience is stretched to the limit. However, if our own needs are not met, we will be less able to meet the needs of our loved ones.

This guide is about the essential need for self-care in times of isolation. It provides strategies and suggestions for helping you take care of yourself – not out of selfishness, but out of respect for yourself and to better assist you with your family responsibilities.

It also has suggestions for extending that care to those you are caring for.

Self-Care Coping Strategies for ‘Cabin Fever’

There are times when you may find yourself isolated at home, and you may begin to start feeling like you are going to go crazy if you don’t get out. This has been termed as suffering from ‘cabin fever.’

There are many reasons why you can be stuck indoors. It may be when you are sick and need time to recover. It may be to protect you from getting sick, such as from a virus outbreak, where people are asked to self-isolate in order to either not become affected, or to not infect others.

The problem is boredom can set in, and your social isolation can hit you. Cabin fever is a condition that affects your mental and physical health in many ways.

How do you know if you are suffering from cabin fever? Here are the symptoms that can be experienced.

  • You are easily irritated.
  • Your patience is short.
  • You feel restless.
  • You feel lethargic.
  • You have unusual food cravings.
  • You feel hopeless.
  • You either gain or lose weight unexpectedly.
  • You can’t concentrate.
  • You don’t feel motivated to do anything.

When you experience a few of these signs, it’s time you re-evaluate your self-care. Taking care of your health is essential when you have to stay at home for an extended period of time, whether by choice or necessity.

Your Self Care Coping Strategies

Here are some of the coping strategies you can use to help deal with cabin fever.

Get Some Sunshine

If you’ve been stuck at home for quite a while more than you normally would, you probably aren’t getting enough sunshine. To avoid cabin fever, you should get outside every day. Get some sunlight in your backyard. If you have a balcony, you can spend some time there.

Or, if you have a window facing the sunrise, that will do too - spend a few minutes in the morning getting your dose of vitamin D. Darkness and lack of sunlight will restrict your vitamin D levels and can mess with your hormones, which makes cabin fever worse.

Engage In A Hobby

If you’re going to stay at home for a while, it’s a perfect time to do your hobby or start a new one, or engage in interests that you couldn’t do before, because you didn’t have any spare time. Do some knitting, painting, gardening, cooking, writing, playing board games, and playing with your kids. Get your creative juices flowing - it’s a good exercise for the brain too!

Do Some Stretching

When you’re stuck at home, your tendency is probably to sleep late and wake up late, binge on Netflix and other TV shows, stay glued to your mobile phone, and scroll endlessly on your social media feeds. Get off the couch now and do some stretching.

A workout routine indoors doesn’t have to be complicated, and there are plenty of exercises you can do that don’t need gym equipment. When you stay active, your blood will flow properly throughout your body and boost the levels of feel-good hormones.

Relax and Enjoy Some Quiet Time

Now, you don’t always have to be up and about and all-out busy trying to be productive while staying at home. Doing so can make you overstimulated and overwhelmed. That’s why spending some quiet time for yourself is necessary.


Set aside a time when you can meditate, practice mindfulness, and just relax your mind. Solitude can do wonders for the mind and body, so don’t ignore creating some quiet time.

Staying at home doesn’t have to be depressing, boring, or frustrating. You actually have more time to reconnect with yourself and do the things you’ve wanted to do but couldn’t find a way to squeeze them into your busy schedule.

Prevent cabin fever by following the suggestions above and enjoy some at-home self-care!


How to Stay Active While Staying at Home

When you are stuck at home, whether it be due to health issues or unfavorable weather conditions, you usually tend to slacken off. You may spend time sleeping during the day due to boredom, or bingeing on TV series on Netflix.

However, you should gather some will, get off the couch, and start moving. When staying at home, it is essential to remain physically active to stay fit and healthy. Otherwise, you’ll soon be adding pounds and health problems to your body.

If you were working out in a gym before, there’s no reason for you to stop exercising because you’re confined at home. You are probably aware of some routines that you can do at home without the need for any gym equipment.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t worked out for years, it’s never too late to start up again. Being confined at home gives you a perfect time to get your limbs moving and your blood flowing. Home exercises will keep you busy and are a great way to beat your boredom. There are plenty of exercise programs online so there really is no excuse not to get up and get active.

Here are some tips on how you can stay active while staying at home for an extended time:

Do Some Home Exercise Routines

One of the best things to do to stay fit while you’re stuck at home is to do home exercises. These normally won’t require any tools or equipment and can still help you meet the WHO’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activities every week.

Some exercises you can do include planks, squats, burpees, jumping jacks, and abdominal exercises. You can watch home workout routines on YouTube or download fitness apps.

Walk Up and Down The Stairs

Walking around the house, no matter how small the space is, can help you stay active. Give your walking a twist by going up and down the stairs. These will warm up your body and energize you.

Stand Up While Working

Even when you have to stay at home, you may still do some work remotely. In that case, avoid sitting at your desk all day. Take a break from time to time or use a standing desk. You can set up a high table for this. You can also stack up some books or boxes so you can work on your laptop while standing.

Dance With Your Children

If you have children, your stay-at-home situation is a perfect time to bond with them. You can play with them around the house, chasing after each other or doing hide and seek. Make your bonding time a lot more fun by putting your favorite music on and dancing with the children. Don’t worry about having two left feet - your kids won’t probably know you’re a poor dancer anyway!

Walk Your Dogs

Walking your dog outside the house, even just in your backyard, can also help you stay physically active. You can play with your pets without running around and throwing balls here and there. If you’re allowed to go out around the block, take your dog for a walk. You can do brisk walking or jog as well.

Do House Chores

Who says breaking a sweat only has to be through a workout routine? Doing house chores can also burn your calories! So, when you’re feeling sluggish after being stuck at home for quite a while, it’s time to get up and do some chores. Take a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust around the house.

Get the mop and do the floors. Even washing the dishes, doing the laundry, hanging or folding the clothes, and watering the plants will make use of various muscle groups in your body.

Having to stay at home is not a reason to be complacent with your physical health. Being physically active and staying fit is still possible even when you’re confined within the four corners of your room. It’s not restricted to workout routines either.

You can spend time with your children, play with your pets, and perform house chores—all of which can make you move around, use your muscles, and break a sweat. Follow the tips above, and help beat boredom and stay healthy at the same time.


Self-Care for Home Quarantine Anxiety and Depression

While we understand the importance of home quarantine and social distancing, avoiding contact with other people can be difficult emotionally.

The isolation can affect us. The long periods of being ‘locked up’ at home can have adverse psychological effects because we are such ‘social animals’ by nature. These effects include many emotional disturbances, such as fear, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and irritability.

During these trying times, it is essential to keep our mental and emotional health intact. Here are a few tips to help you deal with home quarantine anxiety and depression.

Have The Right Mindset

Most of what happens to you has a lot to do with your emotions and what’s going on in your head. Meaning, your mindset about your current situation greatly determines how things work out for you.

To avoid developing anxiety or becoming deeply depressed due to home quarantine, you need to develop the right mindset. Instead of perceiving it as being locked up and stuck at home, view it as a time to spend with your family, or if you are alone, to do some of the things you have been wanting to for ages.

If you’ve been busy working 40 hours and more a week, you probably haven’t been spending much time with your children. This home quarantine period gives you a chance to bond with them, and just relax at home. Relish having a great time with the people you love.

Or if your workload has interfered with learning a new skill, get enthusiastic and make use of your home time to get started!

Take A Break From the News and Social Media

You might want to tune in to the news to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the world. However, don’t overdo it. It’s okay to be informed, but don’t consume too much doom and gloom from watching the news. The news is not known for giving stories of love and happiness, whereas sad news can make you more anxious or more depressed.

The same goes for social media. It’s the main source of news and information for many people, so it’s also not healthy to keep on repeatedly browsing your newsfeeds.

Keep Your Normal Routine As Much As You Can

Having to stay at home removes you from your daily routine, and these disruptions from your regular life can cause anxiety. The best way to handle this situation is to try staying as close to your usual routine as you can.

Wake up at the same time that you normally do, cook and eat breakfast, and get ready for the day. Even if you’re not going to work, you may want to stick to your usual bathroom and dressing routine.

If you’re not able to work remotely, you can spend your time learning a new skill. Wrap up your day at the same time that you get off work normally, and go to bed like you usually do. It will help maintain a feeling of normalcy, so you will feel that not too much has changed.

Keep The Communications Open

Keep anxiety at bay by communicating with other people continually. Thanks to technology today, home quarantine doesn’t mean being totally isolated. There’s chat, SMS, calls, and video conferences that you can take advantage of so that you will still feel connected to the outside world.

You can also join support groups on social media and speak with other people who are going through the same thing. Being able to help other people can also bring comfort to you. It’s like being in your own therapy group at home.

Taking care of your mental health is essential during a home quarantine. Take the right steps to care for your emotional and mental health as much as possible.

It is important you stay positive and know that you won’t be stuck in home quarantine forever. You’ll be out and about before you know it, so hang in there!


Stay at Home Self-Care Ideas for Your Health and Sanity

There are many people who, for one reason or another, have to stay at home. Maybe you’re not feeling well and don’t want to risk your family and friends ‘catching’ what you’ve got. There are many reasons why we may be confined to our homes.

If you are reading this, perhaps it is because you are stuck at home and looking for ideas to care for yourself and your sanity! If so, then you have made the right decision to take care of yourself, especially at a time when you obviously need to.

Self-care is important, not only for you but also for the people who love you and rely on you. How can you be there for them if you don’t know how to take care of yourself and practice self-care?

Here are some self-care ideas that will help you keep your sanity and stay healthy while at home.

Start a Journal, and Keep Doing It!

Having to stay at home for an extended period means you likely have time to do a lot of things. Starting a journal will help you touch base with yourself and what’s happening in your life. There are many things you can write about.

Begin with a list of the things that you are grateful to have in your life, both big and small. It will help you see your life in a new light. You can also write about the challenges you’ve faced and how you were able to get through them. Then, think about your short-term and long-term goals and how you plan to achieve them.

Pamper Your Body

Pamper yourself while you’re at home. Take a warm bubble bath to relax your body and mind and keep all the negative thoughts away. Light some scented candles or add essential oils. Put on a face mask to moisturize your skin, turn up some relaxing music, and have a glass of wine to complete the treat.

Declutter

It’s hard to stay calm when everything is in chaos, not only the situation in the outside world but also your stuff at home. An organized place will keep the stress away.


Take this chance to declutter your home. Organize your closet, the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen, and the files in your home office. You may also want to rearrange furniture to give your space a fresh look. You can declutter your mind too, but that takes practice.

Pick A New Hobby

Keep yourself from getting bored while you stay at home by picking a new hobby. Hobbies are effective ways to release your stress and to have fun. You may also want to pick up a new skill that you can use when you get back to your work, such as graphic design, copywriting, or website development.

Go To Bed Earlier

To say that sleep is a crucial part of keeping yourself healthy and your sanity intact is an understatement. When you are confined at home, do yourself a favor by getting plenty of rest. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime and make sure you get good quality sleep. A well-rested body will help you have a well-rested mind as well.

Staying at home for whatever reason there is doesn’t have to be a difficult ordeal, although it can certainly be challenging. Instead, you should view it in a positive light and take advantage of the time to give yourself the care and attention you need.

Follow the stay at home self-care suggestions above so that you can stay mentally healthy. You can also practice self-care by keeping your physical body healthy through exercise and eating a balanced diet.


Home Self Care - Caring for Your Family's Emotional Health

There may be times when home isolation becomes necessary, and it’s during these times that you and your family become can become at risk of experiencing emotional health problems.

Depression, hostility, domestic abuse, anger and lack of care can grow. However, despite what appears to be nothing but ‘doom and gloom,’ there are steps you can take to keep you and your family’s emotional health out of trouble.

Recognize Your Emotions

Being forced to be sheltered in place is understandably a worrying situation. Your children can also feel anxious about being cooped up at home. You and your partner may feel stressed about job loss and worried about how you will provide for your family.

You may also experience fear of the unknown and how you can protect your family when there is no cure yet to an infectious disease sweeping the country.

To deal with this set of circumstances, you must recognize and validate your emotions. Accept that feelings of anxiety are to be expected by anyone in the family. Some experts even say that anxiety is healthy because it’s the right reaction to the circumstance. It will guide you in making the decisions that you need to make given the situation.

Reconcile these feelings by knowing that the crisis will end eventually, and you can reassure your children that you are doing everything that you can.

Nurture Your Relationship With Your Partner

A community crisis often increases domestic disharmony. Many couples, having been unable to go out, can end up with more arguments than usual. To prevent this, you must work with your partner and be proactive in nourishing your relationship.

Do simple date nights at home - cook together, play board games, watch TV, and more. Go to bed together at least a few times each week, and connect with each other through small talks and physical touch.

Give each other empathy, and give yourselves room to breathe by spending time separately at different parts of the house. Remember that you are not the only one suffering.

Engage In Physical Activities

When you have no choice but to stay at home, it is so easy to treat it as a vacation and feel lazy. You may go to bed late at night, wake up in the afternoon, watch TV all day, and so on. Those actions can contribute greatly to disrupting your emotional well-being.

Instead, your family should engage in physical activities. Involve everyone in doing house chores, set a time for physical games in the backyard, and do home exercises together.

Create A Structure At Home

A community crisis can keep you from doing your normal routine, and that disruption can affect your mental health, and also that of your children. What you can do is to establish a structure at home to give everyone a sense of normalcy. Set a schedule and plan how you are all going to spend the whole day.

The schedule can include a period for screen time and alone time when everyone can do whatever they want for themselves. Of course, you should also have a period where you all spend time together. Don’t forget to include learning and fun activities for the children. It helps everyone to know what will happen next.

In times of crisis or disruption, emotional self-care is vitally important. Your mental health will determine how you get through a crisis. As parents, you must take the lead in protecting your emotional well-being because your children see you as their role model.

When all this is over, hopefully, you will come out stronger together than ever.


Self-Care Strategies and Tips for Stay at Home Parents

Parenting is hard. Full stop. Actually, it’s an understatement. So, when you suddenly find yourself at home with your children for an extended period due to an unexpected job loss or a mandatory community quarantine, it can be even more challenging. At times like this, there is one thing you must not overlook - self-care.

Self-care is essential to keep your sanity, to help you remain (or become) a happy parent, and so you can do your best to care for your children and show them how much you love them. Otherwise, staying at home with your children could be so chaotic and stressful that you’d wish you could be anywhere else.

Here are some ideas you can use to give yourself some TLC while staying at home with your precious but often demanding children.

Stick To a Routine

Usually, what stresses you out when you suddenly find yourself stuck at home is the disruption to your routine. That’s why it is important to create a new routine at home, which will give you a feeling that everything is under your control. Plan a morning and evening routine that you should stick to every day. 

Having a schedule to follow will also help your children because it’s good for them to know what’s going to happen next. Additionally, you all know how your day will be spent, so it reduces the anxiety that comes from facing uncertainties.

Bond With Your Children

You don’t need to over-complicate things. Sure, your children can be a handful at times. It can be extra challenging to deal with their tantrums now that you’re always at home with them. Turn this challenge into something positive by taking advantage of the amount of time you can spend bonding with them.

If you’ve been a working parent for a long time, the chances are that you haven’t been able to be with your children as much as you would have liked. Now is your chance to make up for it. When you are able to show your children how much you love them, it makes you feel good as well.

Get Enough Rest

Now that you have plenty of time at home, you’ll realize that it’s not all about watching Netflix and letting your kids do their things. You’ve probably figured out by now that there’s a ton of house chores to do, a lot of cooking, and a lot of telling off your children to keep their voices down or to stop fighting with each other.

It can be exhausting! So, don’t forget to get enough rest too. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. When the children are in bed, don’t let your ‘me-time’ use up all the time you should be sleeping yourself. Sleep not only enables your body to repair, but it also boosts your emotional well-being.

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

While you’re in the middle of dealing with a crisis, it is normal to feel anxious and stressed. Sometimes you might snap at your children, especially when it’s too difficult to hide your emotions. Even so, don’t be too hard on yourself.

When you’ve unnecessarily passed on your stress to your kids, give them a hug, say you’re sorry for raising your voice, and explain to them what’s happening as much as you can. Don’t underestimate their ability to understand you. More so, don’t beat yourself up.

Ask For Help

It can feel overwhelming when you’re doing everything yourself. Before you drown in stress, ask for help, especially from your spouse. You are partners in everything, so it is pretty much okay to share the burden that you’re going through.

If your spouse understands, you shouldn’t even have to ask twice. They’ll hopefully know how to make things lighter for you, so you can keep your sanity while staying at home.


Getting plucked out of your regular routine can be stressful, especially when you also find yourself staying at home longer than normal. That’s why self-care is crucial to help you get through the challenges and still be the happy, loving parent that your children deserve.

Follow the suggestions above, and hopefully, you’ll have a fun, memorable stay-at-home time with your family.


Eat Healthy Every Day - Make Your Diet Part of Your Self Care Routine

Self-care is about paying attention to your physical and mental needs. Some would think that it’s better to be selfless and do things for others first, but it is essential to prioritize caring for yourself.

That way, you can ensure that you are full of energy, motivated, and equipped to do things that will benefit other people.

Many people tend to put self-care aside because they are ‘too busy.’ However, prioritizing self-care can actually power you up, increasing your productivity and improving your mental agility. There are many ways to practice self-care. For example, getting enough sleep, staying physically active, engaging in a new hobby, doing something you have been wanting to do, and staying socially connected with others.

One self-care routine you should never neglect is your diet.

Self-Care and Nutrition

Part of self-care is eating healthy and making sure that your body gets the nutrition that it needs. Food gives you energy and makes you feel good. How many times has a good meal picked you up from a negative mood?

Poor diet is associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and all manner of health issues. When you eat healthy foods, you help avoid getting sick and reduce the risks of developing chronic illnesses. A healthy diet is also associated with decreased depression and anxiety symptoms.

Here are ways to make your diet central to your self-care routine.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Make every meal more colorful by adding fruits and vegetables to your plate. Not only do they make your meal look interesting and enticing, but fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The presence of colors can boost your mood and your appetite, while the essential nutrients that your body absorbs will strengthen your immunity.

Avoid Eating Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugar is one of the top culprits for unwanted weight gain and increased risks of chronic diseases, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular problems. In addition, sugar can also increase your skin’s aging. Banish the foods and drinks that are high in sugar content to avoid these issues and keep your body healthy.

Eat Foods That Are Good For Your Gut and Digestive Health

The gut is responsible for breaking down the foods that you eat, absorbing the nutrients to be distributed to the rest of the body, and flushing the wastes out of your system.


It is also where you’ll find 90 percent of the serotonin hormone that helps improve mood, sleep, and appetite. For these reasons, your diet must include foods that are good for your gut health, such as yogurt, nuts, and probiotics.

Consume Healthy Fats

It’s a common misconception that you must avoid fats if you don’t want to get fat. However, you must not skip healthy fats, which are essential for your brain, heart health, and bone strength. When planning your meals, make sure that you have foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. Include oily fish like salmon and tuna, avocados, and nuts in your diet.

Eat Regularly and Mindfully

Eating healthy is also about enjoying your food and savoring its taste. No matter how nutritious the foods are, if they are going to give you indigestion because you ate too fast or you were multitasking, you are missing out on much of its benefits. Practice mindful eating. Put down your gadgets, turn off the TV, and focus on your plate. Eat slowly, enjoy every bite, and savor the flavors.


Also, try to eat your meals regularly to boost metabolism and regulate your blood sugar levels. Have set mealtimes to avoid mindless snacking and grazing, which can be a real temptation when confined to quarters. A healthy diet should be part of your self-care routine because it has a great impact on your physical and mental well-being.

Nutritious whole foods can supply your body’s needs for essential vitamins and minerals so that you won’t have to rely on synthetic multivitamins. When you incorporate eating healthy into your routine, you’ll notice how more energized and happier you are. One more thing - don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and support the effectiveness of your healthy meals.


Working From Home? Practice Self-Care and Get Up and Exercise

Do you work from home? If so, there are many benefits, as you would appreciate. For example, you will be saving time and money not having to commute every day.

You get to spend more time with your family. If you have young children, you get to take care of your little children, watch them grow, and witness their milestones.

However, with any positives, there are always countering negatives. Not everything about working from home is sunlight and happiness. It can still be demanding, stressful, and full of challenges. If working from home is not working smoothly for you, it could be that you are forgetting to take care of the most important thing - you.

You are no superhero, unfortunately, so don’t push yourself too much. If you do, before you know it, you’ll be compromising your health, physically and mentally, which defeats the benefits of being able to work from home.

Here are a few tips that you can do to practice self-care while working from home.

Set A Work Schedule

Even when you’re at home, it helps greatly if you set a work schedule. Although you have a flexible work arrangement, blocking a few specific hours for work can help you focus and be more productive.


Find out which time of the day (or night) you are most productive and plan your schedule around that. A schedule will create a boundary between your work life and your time at home. That way, you establish a routine, use your time efficiently, and help to avoid stress.

Exercise At Your Desk

It can be too easy to laze around when you’re working from home. You can also be so focused on the work that you forget that you’ve been sitting for hours already. Get up and get moving! There are various apps you can download to help you with that. You can use an app that teaches you 7-minute workouts.


There are also exercises that you can do while at your desk, such as chair squats (lift a chair and hold it while you’re squatting) and power punches (stretching your arms as if you’re really mad at the sky).

Meditate – You Don’t Need To Go To A Retreat!

Take a break to ease your mind from pressure, stress, and anxiety. You can download an app that will remind you to meditate for three minutes. Meditation will help you relax and stay positive so that you avoid feeling rushed and stressed.

Eat Nourishing Snacks

Self-care is also about nourishing your body, so don’t let yourself to binge on junk foods. To avoid that, only stock healthy and nutritious foods in your pantry. Fruits, nuts, fresh milk, yogurt are healthy staples. Fill your fridge with foods that you can snack on easily while working. These will keep you stay energized as you perform your tasks.

Stay Hydrated

No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water, which will keep your body functioning well. If you’re the type who easily gets engrossed in your tasks and tend to forget to drink water, you can download an app that will remind you when it’s time to get your next glass of refreshing water. You can also put a bottle of water on your table, so you can see every time and be reminded that you should drink.

Get Enough Sleep

Working from home can get swamped with tasks, and when you’ve built your momentum, you may be tempted to push through until late at night. However, that will leave you exhausted the next day.


Remember to take care of yourself and get enough sleep. Keep to a regular sleep schedule because when your sleep cycle is thrown off, it can affect your mood, weight, and productivity.

Working from home has plenty of benefits. You may be so comfortable working from home, though, that you may tend to slack off and become complacent. However, you must not forget to practice self-care. Get up and exercise!

It is crucial to take care of your physical and mental health so that you’ll be more productive and in a better state to attend to other needs of your family. After all, you are working from home for your family, so taking yourself for granted will be counterproductive. Stay healthy!


Essential Oils to Care for Your Changing Moods

Life can feel like a rollercoaster ride at times, and so too can changing moods. One moment you’re freaking out, then you’ll feel calm and relaxed, and before you know it, you’re dealing with the freaking out stage all over again.

If you’ve noticed your moods have been up and down lately, it’s probably time to re-evaluate and start practicing some self-care.

You know that self-care is important so that you can be productive, healthy, and mentally strong. When you take care of yourself, you are happier, more motivated, and better able to deal with life’s curveballs.

One of the better ways to manage your moods is by using essential oils. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy as a natural remedy for stress and anxiety, wherein the scent that you smell sends positive signals to your nervous system.

Here are some essential oils that you should try to level-up your self-care and better manage your changing moods.

To Calm You Down

Pure Rose

Rose essential oil can calm your nerves, decreasing your fight or flight emotions. It is known to relieve headaches, balance your emotions, and strengthen your heart amid grief or depression. It can be used in a warm bath or applied directly onto the skin after diluting it.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil can affect the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for controlling emotions. It can also lower blood pressure and heart rate. That’s why using lavender is effective in calming you down and relieving your anxiety.

It can also reduce depression and PTSD symptoms, as well as induce sleep, especially when you have insomnia. You can put a few drops on your pillow, which will help you sleep faster, or mix it with a carrier massage oil.

Chamomile

Chamomile essential oil can calm your anger and depression with its sedating properties. It also calms in chamomile tea. So, when you’re feeling stressed, drink a cup of warm chamomile tea or take a warm bath with chamomile essential oil.

Other essential oils that have calming effects include:

  • Valerian
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Vanilla
  • Frankincense

To Boost Your Mood

Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil has a refreshing citrus scent, which stimulates feelings of happiness. It can influence positive feelings and energy. It is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is proven to promote blood circulation and hormonal balance in the body. Studies have shown that bergamot is an effective antidepressant.

Rosemary

Rosemary can help reduce the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. It is also effective in improving mental awareness and memory. When you’re feeling down, this will lift up your mood, helping you stay focused.

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is one of the best to use to pick you up from a gloomy mood. Its refreshing scent can wake you up and put in you in a good mood and shake off the bad vibes. Peppermint is effective in preventing fatigue.

Other essential oils that can boost your moods are:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger root
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper berry
  • Lime
  • Wild orange

A Few Reminders

Essential oils are an effective natural remedy that can help you care for yourself when you’re experiencing erratic moods. However, because they are concentrated and often in the purest form, they require careful and safe use. Most essential oils need to be diluted first before they can be applied directly to the skin, usually with a carrier oil.

You can do a skin patch test first to ensure that you will not have an allergic reaction to your chosen essential oil. Otherwise, it would be safer to inhale it or use indirect inhalation methods, such as through an essential oil diffuser. Another important thing to remember is to get your essential oils only from reputable brands to ensure quality and purity.

Essential oils are often toxic and are not to be taken orally unless otherwise prescribed by a healthcare professional. Finally, if you have a serious health condition, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, you must consult your doctor first about the possible adverse effects of essential oils.

Used properly, essential oils are beneficial in managing your mood swings and are an excellent adjunct to your self-care practice.


Home Self Care Includes Taking Care of Your Skin

Have you been putting enough effort into self-care while stuck at home? If you’ve been taking yourself for granted, get up now, and focus on yourself for a minute. It will help you deal with any stress and anxiety and lift your spirits.

One way to give yourself some TLC is by taking better care of your skin.

When you’re staying at home, you may forget to take care of your skin as you should.

One of the most important things to remember is to get enough sunlight. While the sun has harmful rays that can damage your skin, you still need to expose your skin to a reasonable amount of sunshine.

Doing so will give you the natural supply of vitamin D that your body needs, which is essential for your health. If you are staying inside your house, you probably are not getting a sufficient amount of sunlight, and that can lead to a range of health problems. So, step outside for at least 20 minutes each day.

Your skin needs constant care, whether it is exposed to sunlight or all covered up with clothes. You may experience many skin problems, such as dryness and irritation.

To prevent adding more stress to your stay-at-home life, here are some tips for taking care of your skin.

Moisturize Your Skin

One of the most common skin issues is dryness. During an infection disease breakout, for example, everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently, sanitize, and disinfect. However, frequent handwashing and disinfecting can also be damaging to your skin. It can lead to dryness and irritation, not only on your hands but your face as well.

That’s why you shouldn’t forget to moisturize your skin after washing your hands. It is best to apply lotion and moisturizer when your hands are still damp so that the moisture will be trapped and keep your skin hydrated.

Pamper Your Skin

Give your skin some pampering. Cleanse your face once or twice a day. Treat it with a steam facial, which will detoxify your skin, loosen dirt in the pores, and help absorb other skincare products that you apply. Don’t forget to tone as well to restore the pH balance after you have washed your face.

Sunscreen

You may not be aware of it, but you are still exposed to the sun’s UV rays through the windows, so if you are sitting near the window, protect your skin.

Prolonged exposure means your skin will still be subject to premature aging and possible risks of skin cancer. You may need to wear some sort of sunscreen protection or skincare products with mineral-based SPF.

Minimize Your Use of Gadgets

Another light that’s harming your skin is the blue light coming from your device’s screen. It is called high energy visible (HEV) light, which can cause premature aging. Also, have you heard of “tech neck”?

It’s the wrinkling of your skin on the neck due to frequent bending of the neck as you look down on your screen. So, do your skin a favor by reducing your use of your gadgets.

It is essential to give yourself some loving care regularly. Self-care should be a routine, and that includes keeping your skin healthy. Staying at home, either by choice or by certain conditions, is not an excuse to be complacent with your skincare routine.

On the contrary, it is one of the best times to treat your skin, taking the chance to give it a “vacation” from environmental pollution and some products, such as makeups that you use every day.

Remember the few skincare tips above and keep your skin in top shape whether you are in or outside your home.


Conclusion

It is increasingly recognized that self-care is not selfishness. Self-care is the expression of self-love. It is making time for, and doing the little things that keep us able to do the things we need to do and the things we want to do.

If we neglect our self-care, we deplete our inner resources and become like a run-down battery. All aspects of our health – physical, mental and emotional – can suffer.

We become less able to care for others as we should, and often, sadly, less caring also. People are not machines. We need to care for all aspects of our wellbeing to live our lives, doing what we need to, and enjoying it.

If you are a person who is a primary carer of others, you may feel you have little time for self-care. However, this is one of those inescapable catch-22’s. When we ignore our own needs, we become much less efficient in all areas, including thinking and planning.

So everything takes longer, and the cycle worsens. If this is you, pull back and review your thoughts, actions, and even your place in the scheme of things. Recognize your absolute importance and therefore the essential need for exercising some self-care. Do it now.

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