It might be the oldest advice in the book: to really take time to care for yourself, make sure your self-care routine addresses wellness inside and out. But what does that really mean? What are some of the best and easiest ways to up your at-home self-care game so that your insides are nourished, your outsides are cared for, and your cup is filled, allowing you to show up for your loved ones even more?
We've got some ideas on self-care from the inside out — and tips for what to do with that body once you've nourished it — in order to continue to practice self-care. Yes, sometimes self-care does mean a face mask, a slathering of coconut oil, or even an Amazon splurge. But during these stressful times, Vitamin C, podcasts, or a dance party might not cut it. You might instead need to invest in beauty products and other self-care essentials. Here are some ideas to start!
Support Your Insides
Let's start with the facts: during COVID-19, not everyone is able to maintain the same healthy eating habits they usually adopt. Indeed, the pandemic could be making you eat more out of boredom and stress.
If the last thing you want to reach for is a carrot, consider adding Enrichables to your routine. Enrichables deliver a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals, and veggies to boost your nutrition. Each packet delivers a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals, and veggies so you can boost the nutrition of any meal. Simply stir it in, get a quick boost of protein or kale & fiber, and get on with your day. Each box comes with 12 packets containing 12-13 grams of goodness.
And about those snacks you do want to reach for? Consider swapping them out with healthier alternatives. The HealthyMe Living healthy snack box allows you to change the way you snack — without sacrificing taste.
Curated by a certified health coach, the 7-10 items you get each month are perfect for kids (or kids at heart) and may include popcorn, granola bars, gummy snacks, and more. And in case you needed more convincing? Ten percent of all sales go to No Kids Hungry and will help children without meals during this difficult time.
Also, if they're not already a part of your routine, look into Ayurvedic supplements and essential oils. (Not sure what your Ayurvedic type is? Click here for a quick, free quiz.) YouVeda offers Ayurvedic supplements and essential oils to support mood, body and spirit. Elevate your mood, help boost your immunity, support healthy digestion and joints — and balance your doshas.
Finally, consider what you're drinking: are you drinking a beverage that hydrates you — or downing another cup of coffee, which will only make you more jittery?
Respyre's wellness teas taste great and feel great — that's the whole idea. Enjoy your daily cup of health and happiness with two loose leaf teas crafted with exceptional ingredients known for their wellness benefits. A delicious and relaxing way to discover new flavors while supporting your well-being.
Support Your Outsides
Now that we've got your body well-fueled and your energy back up, what about your skin?
Bath Bevy is the subscription box for the bath lover — and isn't that all of us, now that we're surviving a pandemic? Bath Bevy delivers a carefully curated selection of handmade bath products from indie bath and body brands around a theme to your door every month. All you have to do is add water.
Remember too that a vital part of a wellness routine can include making purchases that benefit individual business owners who have a name and a face. Might we suggest Soap by Amanda? Soap by Amanda is high-quality and expertly handcrafted by Amanda Ryan in Harbison Canyon, California.
Amanda creates true soap with products that are nurturing for the skin using minimally processed oils and soothing botanicals. She also specializes in — wait for it — craft beer soap. We'll leave it up to you whether you bring your craft beer in the tub as you lather up with your craft beer soap!
Take Care of Your Spirit
Don't forget — that bubble bath will ease your spirit, but so will some activities, especially those that will take you away from a screen. (Sorry, Zoom!)
Looking for a surefire way to decrease stress and anxiety? Monthly curated adult coloring and activity books might be just the ticket. Coloring and Classics help you free your mind by combining adult coloring books, activity books, and hardcover books to read. By offering one box that spans imagination, problem-solving, and creativity, you always have a choice when you refocus on yourself. And having control of choice over anything right now is paramount to our mental health.
And last but not least, there's perhaps nothing more simple and more important that you can do for your self-care routine right now than to add a little nature into it. During stressful times, nature can have a profound impact on our overall wellness: recent studies have found that spending just 20 minutes in a park will make you happier.
If you haven't been peeking your head outdoors enough during quarantine, fall in love with the outdoors and let Hikewize help you gather the gear you need to get on the trails! The Hikewize subscription box is packed with hiking gear necessary for the perfect day hike. The box will also come with general trail tips and advice when visiting various national parks, if those are accessible to you.