We live in a very turbulent time right now, and most of us are struggling with finding different ways of constructing new daily routines regarding every aspect that has changed since the pandemic started. It can get pretty hard just navigating and pacing out daily lives in such a manner that we are productive, get the work done, stay safe, and still find some time to tend to ourselves. This is especially hard to do since many of us have to do all that at home due to confinement, self-quarantine, or just as a precaution.
We need to take care of ourselves more than ever
It is without a doubt that all this turmoil affects people’s mental states, and in most cases – it happens quite gradually, until one day you just realized that you have eaten, slept, worked, worked out, had some time off in one same space for days, and that has a big impact on our wellbeing. Not to mention the impact of social distancing.
While all of that does sound daunting, and it can be, there are different ways for us to make the best of this time, the first step being to take care of ourselves – even spoil at some points, and that’s what we are going to talk about in this article.
The importance of going outside
Not getting to go outside and change your environment is one of the most frustrating things right now. That being said, if you have any chance to switch things up, take it, even if it’s just going to a different grocery shop on the side of the town that you don’t usually visit since it’s a bit further than your regular one.
A weekend escape – where and how?
Sure, switching up your daily routes is good and all, but let’s talk about some more drastical getaways – now’s the better time than any to do so, as long as you are being safe and following the health related protocols.
So, why not go to a hotel & spa? There are plenty of wonderful locations out there for you to explore – Scottish Highlands, Highland castles…and you can surely find a holiday accommodation that will suit your needs. Sure, we have narrowed the locations quite a bit, but if you are from a different region or a country, there definitely are some beautiful places nearby that you don’t usually get to visit.
Now, one might think, now’s not the time to spoil yourself with a weekend trip, but it really actually is. Doing this will provide you with a much so necessary reset, giving you the energy to be able to continue enjoying your day to day life after you are back home.
Overcoming the monotony of everyday settings
Here’s the thing, one of the toughest things when it comes to this pandemic is the fact that days tend to mold into a one, same, long routine. Sure, you can do many different things at home, but after a couple of weeks, it all seems bland and like it has been done before – the excitement of getting to do new things seems to fade out exponentially.
This is why it is extremely important for you to find different ways in which you can turn even the most mundane things into something new – creativity and attitude are key variables here.
Making the most out of simple things
How can you possibly make something grand out of watching netflix in your bed after doing so for weeks? Well, turns out you can, and you should. There are a lot of cheap projectors out there, if you happen to have a clean wall – utilize it, make yourself a little DIY cinema! Or, order some special food every once in a while, don’t settle with pizza. Somedays, when you are feeling like it, go and buy a bottle of champagne!
The sole fact that this is something that you wouldn’t do on normal occasions, is the reason for why now’s the best time to do so. Treat yourself!
Have you spent a bit more than usual on online shopping?
Many people these days tend to spend a bit more on online shopping than before. Sure, overdoing it and leaving a hole in your wallet is no good, but if you aren’t extreme about it, there is nothing wrong with that. So what if you have bought something that isn’t going to be useful all that long? Why should it be deemed wrong if you are doing the best you can to have some fun and enjoy something that you usually wouldn’t – especially if it brings you joy?
Nowadays, it is crucial that we do find joy in all the things that we can, and if that means spending a bit more on something different and it doesn’t really financially impact you, by all means – go for it. No need to feel bad about it.
In the end, it all comes down to doing regular checkups with yourself, realizing what’s bothering you if there is something, and gently acting upon it. No need to be hard on yourself, life’s pretty hard already. So what if you spoil yourself a bit more? You surely deserve it, and if it’s helping you get through this period a bit easier, then it’s absolutely worth it. Hang in there!