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Self-Care Tips: Why Routine is More Important than Ever

Self-Care Tips: Why Routine is More Important than Ever

Self-care has taken on a whole new meaning in recent weeks. Across the world, people’s lives are changing dramatically, and it’s normal to feel unsettled as a result.  

This makes looking after yourself, and following a routine, more important than ever until this period of uncertainty is over.  

Maintaining as much routine and structure as possible should be an essential part of your social distancing self-care plan, whether that’s making sure you’re eating regular meals, following a bedtime routine, creating a new exercise routine, or keeping on top of your skin care regimen. 

We all have to take each day at a time at the moment, so let’s make every day count. 

Why a routine can be beneficial

Building structure into your day can be a small but effective way to practise self-care. This is because: 

  • Routines can be calming, soothing, and therapeutic, helping to alleviate stress – something that’s incredibly important right now 
  • Dividing your day into separate tasks can help you to maintain a healthy balance between your work and your hobbies, which can keep your mind feeling calmer 
  • Organizing your time means you know what to expect from part of your day, which can be a soothing prospect when things are so uncertain 
  • Structure can help to keep your body clock in check, helping you to sleep better as a result 

Routines can feel safe and familiar when life is unpredictable. Here’s our advice on sticking to your usual soothing routines as best as you can: 

The importance of a skin care regimen

Try to continue looking after yourself in the way that you usually would to keep yourself feeling like the best version of yourself, and that includes keeping on top of your skin care regimen. 

woman practising yoga at home as a form of self-care

The gentle, repetitive movements of applying a cleanser or moisturizer can be therapeutic and soothing, meaning this can be a beneficial, calming way to practise a little bit of self-care. 

When you’re spending all your time indoors, the air con and the heating can be incredibly drying, leaving you with dehydrated skinso it’s essential to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. 

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As your skin won’t be exposed to as much natural sunlight as it usually would in the springa skin care regimen is one way that you can ensure it’s still getting the vitamins it needs. Snowberry skin care products are packed with sustainably sourced, natural ingredients to keep your skin nourished. 

Bear in mind that when life finally gets back to normal, you’ll want to be putting your best self forward, and looking after your skin is one small way you can guarantee that. 

Make time for mindfulness

It can be easy to find yourself in a cycle of feeling miserable about what you can’t do while isolation measures are in place, so try to take a few moments every day to meditate and reflect on what you can do.  

For instance, can you get started on a task around the house that you’ve been putting off? Can you work on a new skill that will help you to work towards your career goals when life gets back to normal? Can you donate to a charity that needs the help? 

To meditate properly, find a quiet place, switch off all screens and background noise, close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing. We all need to shut everything out from time to time, especially when the world is so noisy and uncertain. 

Focusing on your breathing is a key part of meditation.

Make time for mindfulness during the time you’d usually spend commuting to help you to start and finish your day in the best possible frame of mind. 

Create a fitness regimen

Following an exercise routine can be a good way to practise self-care if you’re self-isolating or in lockdown, as it’s important to keep your body moving to support your overall health. 

Try yoga if you’re in need of something gentle or look online for some HIIT workouts to let off steam and release some pent-up energy. Exercise releases endorphins around your body, giving your mood a boost, so you’ll be benefiting both your physical and mental health. 

Working out every day can add a sense of structure to your life, so you’ll be able to give yourself regular reassurance that you’re doing the best you can to look after yourself. 

Prioritize your sleep routine

Try not to let yourself fall into the habit of staying up all night and not getting enough sleep, as this will only make you feel worse after a few days. Make it part of your routine to get up, showered, and dressed at a decent time every day, and try to get into the habit of a relaxing routine in the evenings. 

This could include switching off the news for a few hours, watching a favorite familiar series, reading, getting stuck into an arts and crafts project, catching up with loved ones over the phone or a video chat, and preparing and eating a nourishing meal. Find out which foods and vitamins are best for your skin. 

Spending a few hours winding down in the evenings will help to put you in the right frame of mind for following a calming bedtime routine. Little things like a comforting hot drink, an hour with your phone turned off, and the relaxing nature of your night-time skin care regimen can help to relax your mind and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. 

Learn more about the steps that your evening skin care routine should involve: 

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