As we roll into our one year anniversary with quarantine (not a relationship we are particularly proud of), life can at times feel boring and mundane—leaving you feeling restless or defeated at times. Throwing winter into the mix makes it even more difficult, but we want you to know that we’re feeling it too, and we see the light at the end of the tunnel! While we patiently and safely wait for life to return back to its normal programming, our Subtl ladies have been working hard to maintain a sense of normalcy, self-care, and self-love when our quaran-routines start to feel old. Follow any or all of these tips, and you’ll be sure to relax a little more, love yourself a little better, and find a sense of normalcy amidst the 2020-2021 chaos.
One thing that consistently helps me when I am feeling restless, stressed, or overwhelmed (guilty of feeling this almost every day) is meditating—it works every time. If you’re new to the meditation game, there are tons of apps, podcasts, and YouTube videos dedicated to helping you find a meditative state and a sense of peace. Grab a yoga mat or a blanket, light a few candles, and take out even just five to ten minutes a day to slow down your breathing, thinking, and blood pressure. I actually love adding some soft, lo-fi music in the background while meditating for an added soothing effect. I also burn Palo Santo in a dish during meditation—a natural remedy to help ease everything from stress and anxiety to asthma and headaches. You can also opt for Lavender essential oils which are also great for stress, sleep, and promoting calmness.
Again, this is something I try to practice at least 3 times a week, and once you start, you’ll most likely be hooked. On mornings I’m feeling groggy or sad, I opt for a low-impact yoga practice that focuses on getting the blood flowing, waking up the body, and stretching my limbs. If you have a busy schedule, try adding in even ten minutes during your lunch break, or in the evening once the work day dies down. If you typically feel restless, you can always take on a more intense yoga workout that focuses on core strength and stability. If you’re a newbie to the yoga scene, there’s tons of online classes and YouTube videos to show you how it’s done in an easy and effective way that will keep you coming back for more, and even a few social-distance friendly indoor classes, too! As long as you have room in your home for a yoga mat, you have the space to get moving!
It’s easy to compare our lives to others, especially those who may be in better weather while we’re cooped up inside, so take the weekend to unplug from social media and enjoy your surroundings. Learn a new recipe, curl up with a new book, have a socially-distant hang with your bestie, listen to a new podcast, or get your mind moving with a new puzzle! If you’re into true crime podcasts or documentaries (that’s all quarantine has been so far, right?) try Amazon’s Unsolved Case Files—they come equipped with everything you need to spend hours solving the mystery, booking the criminal, all in a day’s (or two) work.
Who says date night from home has to be boring? Skip the sweats and get dolled up for a romantic night-in! Put on a cute outfit, dust off your makeup collection, and light some candles! It’s good to splurge every once in a while, and since you’ve been cooped up inside, you definitely deserve it! Order from one of your favorite local restaurants you haven’t had in a while to spice things up; the best part is that it helps support local businesses which is so important right now, and you’ll feel good doing it—trust me! While you may not have a waiter on hand, setting the room with some dim lighting, romantic tunes, and yummy cocktails (wine will always do) will make date night feel just as special. If it’s been a while since you’ve had an excuse to get dolled up, don’t fret: we even have some fun and easy beauty tips you can follow to get ready for your at-home date!
Although you might be feeling like you’re going stir crazy at times being stuck at home (especially in the snow), taking a self-care day once in a while is much needed. Just because you aren’t going anywhere, doesn’t mean you couldn’t use a day to destress and give yourself a mental break—there’s a lot going on! Spend the day binging one of your favorite shows (even if you’ve seen it a million times), or turn your vaca day into a true personal day! Give yourself a facial, paint your nails, do a hair mask, light some candles, and spend the day listening to soothing music in the midst of a nice warm bubble bath (don’t forget the wine!). If the weather’s good enough, go for a bike ride or a hike—it may not be the beach, but the fresh air will still feel oh so good.The ideas don’t stop flowing there! We’ve got more tips for ways you can turn social distancing into self-care practices this winter!