With the current pandemic, most of us are finding ourselves adjusting to lifestyle changes and new daily routines. Naturally, this affects our mental and physical well-being. Raise your hand if you can relate:
I’m running out of shows to watch on Netflix.
My wine collection has experienced heavy losses.
I’ve been mostly eating tater tots and turkey sandwiches.
I simply feel anxious and it’s difficult to relax.
Since we’re all at home anyway, we thought: How could we advise our community to use this time wisely?
To build confidence, promote happiness and improve dating prospects from home.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: the search for love starts with you. Cultivate love in and for yourself first. Then, when a well suited romantic prospect comes along you’ll recognize it, welcome it and have the tools to build a healthy relationship. Because good love doesn’t complete you.
When you feel complete, you’re empowered to find good love for yourself.
These are difficult times. And just like life before COVID there are productive, vibrant days, and then there are tater tot days. To weather the storm, we’re challenging ourselves and our readers to recognize the powerful connection between self-care and confidence.
From the foods you eat to the ways you treat your body, how you choose to take care of yourself directly impacts emotional and mental stability, physical health and dating success. And with the extra time to burn, and months of tater tot days behind you, perhaps you actually have time make some changes.
So when this is all over, you’ll be refreshed, confident and fully prepared to get back out there.
By taking a few minutes or even a few hours out of your day to concentrate on your personal well-being, you’ll not only look your best, but feel your best too. Follow this self-care guide to break free from any destructive patterns you may be experiencing and enjoy more confidence in your day-to-day life.
Get Enough Sleep
If you are struggling right now, the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you are getting a sufficient amount of quality sleep. If you don’t have any energy, there is no way you will be able to handle what the day throws at you. When your day consists of working while simultaneously managing your children and maintaining your home, you’ll want to make sure you are running on a good night’s rest. You can achieve this by winding down with a cup of soothing chamomile tea, powering off all of your electronics and work materials for the evening, and making sure your bedroom is an entirely calm and quiet place for you to rest.
Eat Healthy Foods
Along with getting enough rest, you should also make sure that you are eating a healthy and balanced diet. Whether you’re so busy you forget to eat during the day, or you are simply bored in isolation and are constantly snacking to fill the void, it can be easy to let your good eating habits fall to the wayside. After all, it feels like we are all in survival mode at this point, doing anything we can to just stay afloat, but we can’t forget the importance of keeping up good habits. Healthy eating can serve to improve your energy and allow you to concentrate better throughout the day, leaving your productivity levels high and anxiety low. Thus, supporting your personal development and self-confidence.
Take Care of Yourself
Whether you are overrun with work and parenting at the moment or are keeping the couch warm on a daily basis, your self-care and hygiene may start to take a back seat. If you don’t have to see anyone all day, you may not see the point in putting in effort when it comes to your appearance or feel the need to pamper yourself. While you don’t have to dress to the nines or do a full hair and makeup look every day, keeping up with small things like caring for your complexion with effective skincare products or putting on “real” clothes each day can help you feel a sense of normalcy, therefore making you feel less out of place and stressed.
Make Time for Mindfulness
At the end of each day, set aside time, whether it’s a quick 15 minutes or a full hour, to really engage with your body in some way. For many, yoga is an incredibly soothing and healthy physical activity that is known to help reduce stress and improve circulation. Maybe you choose to take this time to meditate or engage in some other mindful activity that you can do entirely for yourself. Whatever you choose, be sure to prioritize this time to yourself to help restore your peace at the end of a stressful or uncomfortable day. Doing so will give you something to look forward to once you are done with work and responsibilities for the day, as well as help you wind down for a great night’s rest, which will set you up for success the following day.