The current global Covid-19 pandemic is a stressful time for many, and whilst we are encouraged to adopt social distancing guidance and self isolation to protect our health, it is important that we focus on self care and mental well being during this stressful time.
Here, we outline our top 10 self care tips for isolation, to ensure you make the most of this difficult time.
Tip 1: This wouldn’t be a HairExtensionBff blog if we didn’t address those hair extensions first. Now of course, given the gravity of the situation, hair extensions are far from a priority right now, however it seems likely that many may miss maintenance appointments in the coming weeks, so it is important to still take care of your hair extensions as to avoid damaging your hair.
Our preshampoo treatment is designed to keep your hair extensions soft and to prevent them from becoming dry, therefore if you are expecting you will need to wear your current hair extensions longer than usual, then this will be beneficial.
Tip 2: Get plenty of quality sleep. It’s so important that you try to switch off in the evenings and don’t overwhelm yourself with the world’s news just before bed. Of course it is important to be up to date, however try to ensure you switch off devices at least an hour before bed to encourage a higher quality night’s sleep.
Tip 3: Meditation. Even if you have never tried it before, now is the time to learn how to switch your mind off and meditate. It’s great for the soul, and is a skill you will benefit from now and after the pandemic has passed. There are loads of meditation guides online, so find yourself some and put some time aside for meditation.
Tip 4: Eat Well. This one may get a little tricky as time goes on, however there is no need to binge eat whilst in isolation, you just need to be organised. Batch cook and freeze healthy meals for you and the family, to reduce the chance of relying on frozen pizza for the next few weeks/months.
Tip 5: Exercise regularly. As of March 2020, the social distancing advice still permits those not in the high risk groups to be outside their homes, therefore take some long walks and embrace the outdoors. Not only will the fresh air be good for the mind and body, but it will stop the fatigue of staying indoors from setting in.
Tip 6: Get Organised. Now is the time to get your house more organised than ever before. Clear out that junk room, sort out your cupboard, finish those DIY projects that you have been putting off, it will help to keep you focused and to distract a worried mind.
Tip 7: Talk to your friends and family. You may not be able to see them in person, but that does not stop you from talking to them digitally. Embrace technology to stay connected, but also bring back some more personal methods of communication like cards and letters.
Tip 8: Educate yourself. Now is the time to learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby, read up on topics you are interested in, and embrace having the time to do so.
Tip 9: Get up and dressed. Even if you have nowhere to go, make sure you get out of bed, shower, dress and follow your normal morning routine. Whilst sitting around in your pajamas might seem appealing, it is actually not great for the mind, so try to stick to your normal routines as much as possible.
Tip 10: Don’t be too hard on yourself. These are tough times, we are all learning to adjust to the ever changing Covid-19 situation, and some days will most certainly feel harder than others, and that’s ok. We are all doing our best to cope, however having a cry, worrying about the future, or feeling down is nothing to be ashamed of. Reach out to a friend, connect with family online, or follow some of the tips above to try and keep yourself mentally healthy during this time, it will end, and life will return to normal.