If you’re stuck in a frustrating lockdown loop, getting back into your happy groove might seem impossible. The storm cloud over your head may be making you sad, anxious, or even just plainly upset. Being in an emotional rut right now makes total sense, as does wanting to wait it out until it passes.
But here’s some good news: there are ways to pull yourself out of it, if you’re tired of being tired. Self-care solutions are designed for times like this. And even if you’ve barely got the energy to spare, these quick fixes are so easy, you can do ‘em with zero effort. Here’s to better moods!
7 SELF-CARE SOLUTIONS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
1. SNIFF ESSENTIAL OILS
Reach for a calming essential oil (lavender’s a speedy relaxant!) to soothe your anxieties and clear your headspace. While best experienced with the help of a diffuser, giving it a sniff straight out of the bottle works, too. Just be sure not to hold it too close to your nose—these oils are potent!
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2. APPLY A HEALING CREAM
Stress can lead to muscle pain and tension, which is why a back massage feels amazing when you’ve had a hard day. Until you can book your next spa weekend, work out the knots in your muscles by slathering on a cooling healing cream over your various aches and pains. Who needs a professional masseuse?
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3. WEAR A SHEET MASK
Between the stress-induced breakouts and dullness from sleepless nights, our complexion needs a lot of help when we’re feeling overstretched. So, treat yourself to a sheet mask every once in a while to soothe irritated skin. On top of that, it’s the perfect opportunity to wind down after a full day of WFH.
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4. USE A FACIAL ROLLER
Becoming consumed by too many toxic emotions can actually have a negative effect on your health. It heightens anxiety levels and blood pressure, and may even result in poor blood circulation. So, next time you find yourself fuming—turn off the news, log off social media, and gently run a facial roller over your face. This improves blood flow and facilitates lymphatic drainage, which not only de-puffs your face, but also helps you find your chill.
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5. SIP MINT TEA
Bad mood ever result in a bad tummy ache? Yeah, you’re not imagining it—the gut-brain connection is very real. Psychological factors can impact your gut functions, which can lead to indigestion, gas, and cramps. Quickly remedy these issues with a steaming cup of mint tea. While not recommended for heartburn or acid reflux, peppermint will help ease your digestion because of its gallbladder-stimulating oils.
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6. SNACK ON DARK CHOCOLATE
Chocolate makes us happy—and it’s a scientific fact. But before you start chugging syrup and loading up on decadent chocolate cake, take note that it’s dark chocolate that’s good for your health. So, look out for options that offer at least 70% cacao next time you need a boost, as those are the ones with enough antioxidants to actually lift your spirits. Skip the ultra sugary stuff as those are more likely to hurt than help.
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7. TAKE SUPPLEMENTS
If you’ve been having a string of hellish days that’s put you in a funk, consider adding supplements to your diet. We’re big fans of vitamin C for safeguarding our immune system, helping us swerve sickness, and stay bright-eyed and peppy. Of course, they’re best consumed through fruits and veggies. But in case those are hard to come by, at least a handy-dandy bottle of supplements lasts a long time!
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And don’t forget to take deep breaths! Woosah.
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