There’s no denying that we’re all feeling a little off kilter at the moment. While we may not have much control on what’s going on outside of our homes, we can implement some subtle changes on the inside to help improve our mood and general wellbeing.
Create A New Routine and Stick To It
These uncertain times also brings a lack of routine, which can have a real impact on your general mood and wellbeing. One of the best things you can be doing is to get a new routine in place. “Create new daily rituals of waking at a specific time, working between certain hours and finding joy in new activities. When you stop working be sure to put your laptop away,” advises Anita Kaushal, founder of Mauli Rituals. Take regular breaks and write a plan for each day. This will help to keep your focused and ensure productivity levels don’t drop off. Don’t forget to schedule in digital drinks or pub quizzes with friends over Zoom or Houseparty to keep some normality to your routine!
From kickstarting the day with some exercise to taking up a new hobby, we asked the experts for their top tips for lifting the overall wellness of your home. It goes without saying that we intend to embrace all five tips whilst scenting our home with Diptyque’s calming Feuille De Lavende Scented Candle…
Feel Energised Through Exercise
“Exercise is one of the best ways to get those feel-good endorphins going, especially is you’re feeling a little flat or claustrophobic at home,” explains Lucy Gornall, Matrix Instructor at Digme Fitness. A quick 25-minute workout is all it takes to kickstart your day on a good note or as a welcome break from your laptop at lunchtime.
“I like to plan my week and write my workouts in the diary,” says Lucy. “Setting goals is another great way of staying motivated and giving yourself something to aim for whether that’s learning to do a press-up or working your way to a 5km run. If you’re left wondering what to do, there are tonnes of good Instagram live workouts you can join in with. We have lots running daily over on @digmefitness.” You could even try using some resistance bands (from @b_ndstore) or some at-home weights (we love these from @lifting_pretty) for even more variety.
Indulge In A Self-Care Ritual
With the majority of us now working from home, we appreciate how tempting it can be to stay in your pyjamas all day and binge watch the latest Netflix series. While we are fully on board with this, we also encourage you to take a little (or as much!) ‘you’ time.
“These current times have given us an invitation to pause, connect and commit to self-care rituals,” explains Anita. “Nothing lifts the mood like balling yourself so try a nourishing night-time ritual of lighting a candle, filling the bath with healing salts and massage the body with a therapeutic oil. Our Surrender Oil is specially formulated to calm an anxious mind and aid restful sleep which is very welcome right now.”
Why not try spending a little longer over your skincare too. Now is a great time for letting your skin breathe and giving it some extra nourishment. Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask is a real thirst-quenching treat for dry skin and Chantecaille’s Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is ideal for stressed-out complexions seeking facial-like results. When it comes to hair… it’s all about Olaplex No. 3. It really will revive strands in need of a trim and lifeless colour. Try sleeping in it or even leaving on all day for a real treat.
Learn A New Skill or Adopt A New Hobby
There is a silver lining to the current lockdown and that is the welcome bonus of free time. What better time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. “We feel better when we are growing as opposed to feeling stagnant so use this time to learn,” advises Anita. “If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try for the joy of it – now is the time.” We couldn’t agree more. Why not get out the sketch pad, learn a new instrument or even trial a few makeup looks. We’ve plenty of live tutorials and events coming up. Click here for more info on our digital events.
Refocus And Try Breathwork
Breathwork is a great tool for those looking to combat feeling of stress or anxiety and it’s exploded recently because of its simplicity and effectiveness. “The correlation between breathing and the state of your body and mind has been acknowledged for centuries in many ancient traditions such as yoga and Ayurvedic medicine,” explains Richie Bostock, breathwork coach and founder of The Breath Guy.
“When you learn breathwork, you learn to first get into the habit of becoming aware of your breathing and then how to use it as a tool to create a physical, mental or emotional benefit,” he adds. “Breathing is the only function in our body that happens completely automatically and is 100% under out control. You can use your breath consciously to influence other unconscious functions and systems such as your nervous system. As this relates to stress, you can use your breath to calm your nervous system down, shifting it to a state of rest and relaxation.”