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It is natural for your mood to fluctuate throughout the day, but if you are feeling particularly down physically and emotionally, there may be a good reason for it. If you have been isolated in your home for weeks, you could feel depressed from not socializing face-to-face with friends and family, as well as worrying about their wellbeing. This lack of interaction and constant worry often leads to feeling less motivated to take care of your own needs.
Making the effort to care for yourself at these times is important, and it does not necessarily need to take a lot of effort. The following self-care habits are perfect for looking and feeling your best, as well as implementing into your regular daily routine as you venture out into the world again. Just take it one step at a time and use the habits best suited to your needs and lifestyle.
Eating More Superfoods and Supplements
Eating a lot of processed, sugary foods may contribute to feeling depressed. Ditch the potato chips and try eating more of the following:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Leafy Greens
- Whole Grains
In addition to adding healthier foods to your diet, you can add supplements to ensure you are getting your daily intake of essential nutrients. You can even find products for popular supplements such as turmeric, as well as superfood blends. And if you have digestive problems, a CBD supplement can be an effective treatment.
Harvard Medical School notes supplements are beneficial when they are used correctly, but what is best varies from person to person. If you plan on using supplements, take the time to understand your diet and which supplements may better support your goals.
Starting an exercise routine has always been one of the most basic and efficient ways to boost how you feel physically and mentally. Something as simple as taking a walk every day both strengthens your muscles and can get endorphins pumping. While they are not mandatory to use, you may also find it beneficial and motivating to use a smartwatch or fitness tracking app as you exercise more.
Certain smartwatches include extra features such as the ability to listen to music and send out an emergency SOS. A mobile app that doubles as a personal trainer is another option with similar performance. You can download it to your phone or tablet, and it includes features that allow you to set and track goals, as well as personalize your health plan. Just think about which features matter most to you and whether you prefer everything on your phone or in a wearable.
Make sure you’re wearing comfortable activewear for your fitness routine. A pair of well-fitting sneakers, a sports bra, and a comfortable pair of leggings can have you feeling great and lead to more effective workouts.
According to Time, studies suggest that getting outside boosts your mood while lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and stress. As long as you are starting an exercise routine, try doing your physical activity outside for even more benefits. It only takes spending about 30 minutes outside to start feeling the positive effects of being in a green space.
Implementing Skin Care Routines
As the largest organ of your body, it is vital that you take care of it without a healthy skin care regimen. A basic routine should include cleanser, toner and moisturizer used morning and night. Exfoliating your skin a couple of times a week also provides a healthier glow and helps remove dead skin cells and buildup. For improving texture, firmness and redness, try using a serum that contains retinol or antioxidants, and be sure to include superfoods for their sun protection benefits.
Building new habits takes time, and focusing on yourself is not always easy. If you find it difficult to even get started, just choose one thing to incorporate into your routine for now. As you get used to showing love for yourself with that habit, you can add in another self-care item as needed and suitable. Pretty soon, you may find yourself feeling and looking better than ever. You may spend a lot of time worrying about work, friends and family; now is the time to show that same amount of care for yourself.