Last updated on November 12th, 2020 at 02:47 am
We’re all tired of social distancing, but what more can we do besides wear a mask and wait things out?
I understand, you’re running out of snacks. Maybe you feel lonely. Restless. Or maybe you’re one of the few that’s okay with everything going on.
Whatever your feeling is valid.
If crying through these times helps, do it. If FaceTiming friends everyday makes you feel less lonely, do it. I’m just here to give you some options that can make things a bit lighter and more fun.
For me being in the kitchen has been totally therapeutic and my form of self-care through all this madness.
Stir crazy or not, we can all use a lil TLC and grace. These 7 self-care hacks can help you get through this quarantine.
DIY Face Mask
Super easy to do if you have spices or oils around your house. Part of self-care is physically taking care of yourself—even though we’re not out and about. These simple face masks can be thrown together everyday items.
The Glow Up Mask is perfect for those with sensitive skin and acne. This nutrient rich concoction will have your skin lookin’ brand new. Honey, turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg never sounded better together.
Honey has antioxidant, and antibacterial properties that help your pores stay clean. If you’re like me and have struggled with eczema, it also aids in soothing your dry skin. Add cinnamon to the mix, and you’re fighting off acne causing bacteria.
Just like honey, turmeric helps with skin issues and is anti-inflammatory—giving you that extra glow.
Glow Up Mask
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Optional: 1 tsp of nutmeg
Mix it all together with a spoon in a small bowl.
Raise your hand if you struggled with skin discoloration 🙋🏾♀️ What about dry skin? 🙋🏾♀️ Or maybe your face gets itchy?
I got you!!! This exfoliating face scrub will not only remove dead skin, but it also helps with hyperpigmentation. The lemon helps balance your faces PH balance and light up the dark spots naturally. With the olive oil serving as a moisturizer, your dry skin will look good good good.
And get this, you can use it all over your body as an exfoliator.
Shine Bright Scrub
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
Making a Simple Sangria
Have you ever made Sangria? Sometimes it requires wayyyy too much, but we will simplify it today. All you need is some wine, frozen or fresh fruit, and some sugaaaaa. If you have more to add, go right ahead.
- 1 bottle of Dry Red Wine—750mL (or mix half red/ half white)
- 1 orange juiced
- 1 cup of frozen/fresh fruit (your choice)
- 1-4 TBS of maple syrup or simple syrup
- Optional: 1 cup of sparkling water
- Optional: ½ cup of Brandy
Mix the ingredients together. Depending on what you have you’ll want to add more or less sugar. If you do have brandy and want a stronger drink, go ahead—add some. I suggest starting out with 1TBS of sweetener, if you want more add sugar in 1 TBS increments.
I like a little bubbly action going on in my Sangria so I added 1 cup of sparkling water for some flare.
Get Yo Fitness On
Moving ya body will help you feel better, even if you don’t want to. I know, I know, it’s easy to get in the pattern of doing absolutely nothing, and sometimes that’s all you can do. But when you find the strength to do so—work out!
Koboko fitness is a YouTube channel that brings so much positivity to your life. She has challenging workouts that the average person could do. Ranging from 5-30 mins, so you can start off with shorter workouts and build from there. Get it right, get it tight.
Healthy comfort food
An oxymoron, right? But finding comfort in food makes things a bit easier, so let’s do it the healthy way.
Pinterest is loaded with tons of ideas on healthy snacks, meals, and desserts you can make. And who knows? You might come out this quarantine a chef.
Taking a Bath
Simple, but it’s time to go back to the basics and wind down by having a little time with yourself. Draw a nice warm bath, add some Epsom salt if you have some or your favorite body wash.
Soaking not only helps soften your skin, but it’s a great way to decompress and disconnect from the outside world. Play some relaxing music and let yourself unwind.
Disconnect From Social Media
Taking a break from social media is some of the best self-care. Don’t get me wrong–it’s a great way to connect with people. But social media can be toxic, amplify insecurities or anxiety, and take away from the present moment.
Nothing is wrong with creating boundaries and stepping away from your online presence from time to time. But let’s be real, most times scrollin’ is just a distraction. By disconnecting, you get the chance to focus on what’s in front of you—YOU!
Tune Into A Podcast
Listening to relatable, positive, funny content is one of the best things you can do. We don’t realize how much of what we listen to impacts our mood whether it’s good or bad. I’m not saying we’ll be happy-go-lucky all the time, but we definitely can get better at the content we listen to.
The Read focuses on hip-hop culture, mental health, and is LGBTQ+ friendly. Crissle and Kid Fury make people laugh with their witty comments, bluntness, while being empathetic.
Therapy For Black Girls, discusses various topics each week in aims to de-stigmatize mental health. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford does an AMAZING job at bringing different mental health professions that weigh in on the various issues black women face.
Spotify and Apply podcast give you the option to explore podcasts based on topics, so whatever interests you—there’s something out there. Explore, learn something new, laugh!