The world is kind of a lot right now, to be honest. We’ve all been socially distant from other people for forever, the news isn’t great and also we can’t travel.
No wonder you’re stuck in a rut! But you can do these 13 self-care things to unstick yourself and get back to living your best life.
13 Self-Care Things for When You’re Stuck in a Rut
1. Face Mask Relaxing
When the world gets to be too much, my skin shows it first. Which means it’s face mask time! I love the Aztec clay masks or the overnight Watermelon mask from Trader Joe’s. They refresh my skin and are easy on my bottomline.
2. Long Soak with Extra Bubbles
While I’m enjoying my mask, you’d better believe I’m soaking in a hot tub with all of the bubbles. So many bubbles. Mr. Bubbles is the hands-down best bubble bath solution: lots of bubbles plus that nostalgic scent!
3. Soothing Tea, Hot or Iced
A cup of tea. There’s just something about sipping tea, hot or iced, that makes me feel a little better. Right now, I’m loving iced hibiscus tea with just a little extra sweetness. In the winter, catch me sipping on Celestial Seasonings Lemon-Ginger tea for it’s throat soothing qualities.
4. Strip Your Feet
You can’t control much, but you can control the state of your feet. Indulge in a foot peel at home. Over the course of a week or so, all the dead skin on the outside of your foot will literally peel away, leaving behind incredibly soft, smooth tootsies.!
5. Listen Up
Pop in your earbuds and listen to something other than the news. We’ve been jamming out to the Hamilton soundtrack in my house. And when I’m alone it’s 100% true crime, all the time. Listening to something can be such an escape from the normal routine of life!
6. Walk it Out!
As Elle Woods would remind you, “Endorphins make you happy.” Exercise builds up those happy endorphins. So go take a walk outside, because fresh air also helps to lighten your mood!
7. Stretch Yourself
Yoga has long been a method to relax and rest your body and mental state. There are tons of great practices to stream on YouTube. My fave right now is Yoga with Adriene. She’s got a gentle, highly adaptable practice that invites movement for every body.
8. Lay Down
Honestly, sometimes laying down is a great way to literally take a load off. Unroll that yoga mat or lay down a picnic blanket.
Just lay there, eyes shut. Maybe listen to music or a podcast.
9. Add Color
Remember when you were 5 and could color for hours? Reconnect to the moment with a nice set of Crayolas and an adult coloring book!
10. Smell the Roses
Got flowers? Smell them! Enjoying the natural fragrance of flowers can be a huge mood booster. Treat yourself to a pretty bouquet to bring floral joy inside your house.
11. DIY Mani/Pedi
My nails were looking pretty wrecked what with, you know, a pandemic closing salons and spas. So I treated myself to a few new polishes and DIYed a mani/pedi experience at home, foot bath and all.
12. Ignore the News
One of the best things I did during self-isolation was to tune out the news. Instead of a constant stream of news updates and click-baity headlines, I got nothing. Pure silence. Which left me more time to walk outside, do yoga, smell flowers and color.
13. Turn the Page
Now that I’m not tuning into the news constantly, I also have time to read. I’m loving the digital library downloads from both my local library and the Navy MWR Library. Now, I’ve got books in the palm of my hand, whenever I want.