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5 Home Self-Care Tips

David Nieper
Style Advice

Usually, it’s special occasions, holidays and social plans that motivate us to take care of ourselves.

We book haircuts in the run up to parties and treat ourselves to manicures before family weddings. We have a long soak in the bath after an even longer day looking after the grandchildren. We lovingly roast, steam, chop, and bake the most beautiful, nutritious dishes, all ready to share with our friends and family.

For now, though, we’ve had to press pause on our plans. And when that happens, it’s easy to lose the motivation to eat well, keep moving, and make yourself feel good.

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Spend the next few weeks learning how to look after yourself, for no one other than you. We’ve put together some simple self-care tips to help. Let us know if you have any of your own!

Eat consciously

With more time spent at home, it’s easy to snack more often and take less care with what we eat. Make sure to buy plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, just as you usually would, and take the time to prepare meals from scratch – it’s a lovely way to nourish your body and mind. You could also think about growing your own vegetables; simple herbs like coriander, basil, and parsley are a great place to begin, and can be grown easily from seeds in pots on your windowsill.

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If you need some kitchen inspiration, we recently spoke to Liz Earle about how to eat more healthily, and there are some wonderful recipes on Olive Magazine and BBC Good Food.

Breathe and stretch

Yoga and meditation are good for both mind and body, and they’re so easy to do at home. You don’t even need a teacher. Headspace and Calm are two of the most well known meditation apps, and offer everything from meditations to tackle stress to those you can do while cooking. If you’re struggling with anxiety in recent weeks, give it a try – it could help you to get things under control.

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Yoga is both meditative and good exercise. It’ll help you to stay strong and flexible, even if you aren’t able to go out for a while, and all you need is a mat and somewhere to watch YouTube videos. Yoga With Adriene has a practice to help combat loneliness, and chair yoga is wonderful if you’d like to try something a little gentler.

Keep moving (with care!)

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The government has asked all of us to stay at home, but we’re encouraged to pop out once a day for a little exercise. Unless you’re in a high-risk group, be sure to take advantage of your daily chance to go walking and stretch your legs. Just make sure you avoid busy areas and keep your distance; if you’re an early riser, make the most of it and get outdoors before anyone else.

If you’re at risk, there’s plenty you can do to keep moving without leaving your home; have a look online for low-impact exercise routines. Even just 15 minutes of movement each day will help you to feel fresh and energised. Find ideas at We Are Undefeatable, which specialises in helping people with health conditions to get moving, and This Girl Can.

Pamper yourself

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All this time at home will save you a lot of time you might have spent on makeup – but that doesn’t mean you’ve no reason to make yourself feel good.

Keep to a skincare routine in the morning and evening to feel clean and fresh, always finishing with a lightweight moisturiser. Run a bath with lots of bubbles and a glass of wine; repaint your nails in your favourite colour; use a facemask; curl your hair for your next family video chat; wear the clothes you’d usually save for best. Dressing well and treating yourself to a little pampering can really boost your mood – and your self-confidence.

Stay in touch

If you’re used to seeing friends and family often, build this into your at-home routine. Plan phone calls on particular nights of the week, share online lunch dates with friends, and host family parties on Facetime.

Make sure you take part in our online community too. Comment on our posts on Facebook and share pictures of your favourite outfits, as well as any of your own self-care tips. You might even find other like-minded women to talk to; after all, you do share the same fabulous fashion sense!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing all kinds of wellbeing tips and ideas to keep you busy. We’re here for you, now and always, and if you’re really feeling lonely please give us a call on 01773 83 6000.

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