(Yep, Quarantine Edition)
When life gives you a quarantine, make….. the sweetest self-care experience of your dreams! Did you realize that you can use this sweet you-time during isolation to your advantage? Yes, that means time to focus on you. What a gift! So, out with the moping and in with the pampering.
Come out of hibernation feeling refreshed, and ready to put your best self back into the world. Ready to add a spark of magic to your self-love-on-lockdown routine? Light a sweet-scented candle, steep a mug of tea, and prepare to be pampered with this ten-step self-care guide:
PICK UP A NEW HOBBY
Always wanted to master the ukulele, learn French, or channel your inner Picasso? Now is a perfect time! Build up your skill set and get the creative juices flowing. Who knows, you just may discover a new passion. Your post-quarantine self will thank you. Merci beaucoup.
STICK TO YOUR NORMAL ROUTINE
With so many changes, it is important to maintain consistency in your life. Wake up at your normal time, get dressed up and feel sexy, and own your day. Yep, time to ditch the PJs. Spruce up your workspace by adding plants, candles, and notes of encouragement to yourself. Stick to usual mealtimes, and try an at-home workout when you would normally head to the gym.
CONNECT WITH LOVED ONES
In times of isolation, it is easy to feel lonely. But remind yourself that everyone is in the same boat. Try this: reach out to five friends or family members you haven’t talked to in a while. Check-in and see how they are doing. At this moment in time, we all have more in common than ever before. Connections can be strengthened, and collaborations created. Take advantage!
EAT FOOD THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
Nourish yourself from the inside out by filling up on fresh and wholesome foods. Focus on healthy fats, lean protein, and lots of fruits and veggies. Stay hydrated with plenty of water and tea - and try adding lemon for a boost of vitamin C. Keep your immune system healthy by using food as medicine - and get creative! Cook up new recipes with the extra time at home.
GET FRESH AIR
Stepping outside for even ten minutes a day will do wonders for your mental state. Fresh air and vitamin D can help clear your head, open your senses, and centre your emotional body. Try a nature walk, solo stroll around your block, or simply step onto your balcony and take a few deep breaths.
FENG SHUI YOUR SPACE
With all the extra time at home, make sure your space is bringing you peace and joy. Has your cluttered closet been haunting you for months, yet you haven’t had time to tackle it? No more excuses! Channel your inner Marie Kondo (aka tidying up guru), and bliss out your home. You’ll be surprised how cleaning up your external world can help calm your internal world.
WRITE. LET IT ALL OUT.
We are living textbook material. Document your experience. Record this time for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren to cherish in the future. Writing can also be one of the most effective (and cheapest) forms of therapy. Many of us have boarded an emotional roller coaster. Spilling your thoughts onto paper can help lighten the load in your head.
FIND YOUR ZEN.
In turbulent times, it is easy to feel swept up in the commotion. However, you can always come back to your breath. Meditation can help you relax, re-centre, and rejuvenate. Try sitting and following your breath for just five minutes a day. Yoga can help move tension out of the body. Check-in with your local studio or favourite teachers to learn about virtual class options.
BECOME OBSESSED WITH YOURSELF.
Now is the time to get to know yourself better than ever before! Put on a sexy outfit (or no outfit) for no one but yourself. Take yourself on a steamy date to the bathtub, or wine and dine your tastebuds with a delectable meal. Look into a mirror and admire the magic that you are. Make this hot new relationship with yourself a priority. You are worth it!
UP THE SOLO THERAPY
Best for last? Uh-huh, you guessed it! What would self-care be without self-pleasure? Aside from pleasure, masturbating can provide powerful benefits of reducing anxiety, boosting mood, and increasing your most delicious self-discovery. And who doesn’t need a little more of that right now?
Now that you’ve spruced up your self-care and committed to a hot new relationship with yourself, this may be the perfect time to invite in a new bedroom companion… or more. Ready to select your most suitable partner in self-love-on-lockdown? We’ve got a few recommendations here that you are bound to love. Get going and try these sweet toys as you spice things up! You’re in for a never-ending honeymoon phase. Cheers to your sweetest self-care-on-lockdown ever!
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