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At-Home Self-Care


Yesterday morning I was having... a morning. I woke up not feeling 100% great, and struggled for a couple of hours to get into my daily routine. Last week was an intense one in our country with good reason, but it left me kind of on edge and consistently feeling like I wasn't doing "enough." As much as that feeling trickles in here and there just scrolling on Instagram every day, it was more present yesterday and I just felt defeated. So, I actively tried to change that, and I wanted to share some of the things that I did.

With everything circulating regarding BLM, it is easy to forget that we are still going through a global pandemic. Although things are looking up and starting to slowly reopen, a lot of us are still alone in our apartments (I am!) and spending most of our time by ourselves, which is bound to cause an off day here and there. These are some things that just make me feel better when I'm at home, that maybe will make you feel better, too!

Get moving // Sitting around doing nothing drives me crazy. It makes me feel so lazy, and moving my body really gives me a lot of mental clarity. I badly needed groceries, so I went on a long walk to Trader Joe's while listening to a podcast. I felt like a different person by the time I got home.

Go outside // Similarly, when it's such a gorgeous day outside, I feel bad not getting outside and enjoying it! Even if you're not into running/walking outside, just being in the sun and reading a book or calling a friend makes such a difference. Vitamin D, babyyyy!

Do a little extra pampering // I took a shower, put on lotion all over my body (something I rarely do and really should more often), and used my microneedler (it had been so long!) to try a new serum.  

Clean // I'm a pretty neat person, but when it comes to deep-cleaning my space, I can do better. I'd been thinking for a couple of days that I really just needed to vacuum, throw in a load of laundry, clean the kitchen, etc. I did all of these things and felt so much better. Clean space, clean mind!

Read a book // Last night after dinner I sat on my balcony for a while with a glass of rosé and an Elin Hilderbrand novel. Few things make me happier in the summer than rosé and an Elin book... I mean, the two are essentially synonymous with summer in my mind.

Watch the sunset // I went for a sunset walk again last night, which is something that brings me so much joy. It's the simplest thing, but putting in my headphones and getting in a little walk before bed is incredibly soothing for me. Plus, I love posting my sunset videos on Instagram Stories when I get home, so that's always a bonus!

I listened to this playlist on Spotify last night and liked it a lot, so I thought I'd share!

It is so important to have tools in your personal toolbox that help you when you need it. Practicing self-care in whatever ways that work for you is game-changing, especially during this time when so many things are different, and relying on ourselves is sometimes all we can do. Personally, I know I need to not be so hard on myself when I'm not feeling my best. Instead of dwelling on the bad, I can focus on changing my mindset and making it better.

How have you gotten out of a funk in quarantine?
xoxo

2 comments

  1. Lovely post, Fran! Getting moving is an important one for me. I’ve been doing some gardening, the combination of light exercise and being with nature helps me. Watching the sunset, pampering and reading a good novel sounds uplifting. Wishing you a positive week ahead. :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. thanks helen! so jealous you have a garden, that sounds so peaceful!

      xo,
      fran

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