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We’re a week into lockdown here in the UK and I’m sure for some of us, cabin fever is setting in. It’s a weird ol’ situation to be in, even for those of us (like me) who are used to working from home every day or those that thrive off of a routine. Because routine has certainly been throw in the air, hasn’t it? I mean, what even IS time anymore?
But of course we’re all doing this for the greater good – to save lives. And in the grand scheme of things, spending a few months at home is nothing. It’s a good time to catch up on those books you’ve been meaning to read, that Netflix list that’s getting longer and longer and giving yourself a bit extra self-care time.
But when this is over and we’re back to work full-time, self-care definitely shouldn’t be pushed to the back of the shelf. So here are some vital things we can treat ourselves to after lockdown is over:
Book a massage
This is the one I’ve missed the most. I always book regular massages for every 2 weeks or so and they are vital for my relaxation time. They’re also incredibly helpful with my muscles and my back, consider I have pretty bad posture and back pain from not having a proper desk to work on. I can’t wait for that first massage back after lockdown!
Attend a Yoga or exercise class
Whilst most of us are exercising at home or doing Yoga at home, I’m sure actually attending a class with other people is something a lot of people will miss doing. So although it’s a vital part of staying healthy, it’s also a nice way to treat your body to something that it’ll appreciate after all this is “over”.
Book your essential appointments
I’ve always said that I treat cervical screenings as a crucial part of self-care. So when lockdown is over and it’s safe enough to physical go to your doctor surgery again or various clinics again, it’s time to treat yourself to all those essential appointments which might be a little overdue.
There’s loads of different appointments and things to be taking care of. Cervical screenings, as I mentioned. But also getting your eyes tested, going to the dentist or evening booking in for an ear wax removal service – which I’ve had to have done numerous times in the past and it feels SO MUCH BETTER afterwards!
Treat yourself from a small, local business
Both yourself and local businesses are going to need a bit of a treat after all of this. It makes me so sad to see how much smaller businesses are struggling right now. So when we’re allowed back out into the big, wide, world again, it’ll be a good time to treat yourself from a small, local business. Perhaps a local tearoom or small clothing business!
Book a manicure and hand treatment
I don’t know about anyone else but my hands look absolutely AWFUL. They are so dry. They’re cracking. They look like paper bags due to all the hand washing. So when this is over, my hands are going to be one of the first things to get a bit of TLC! And you should put that on your list too!
A full on spa day
If you have the means to do so when everything is back to normal, I’d say it’d be a pretty good time to head off to your local spa and really indulge in all the yummy self care treatments. Heck, we’ll all need them after this! Massages, saunas, facials – you name it!
What are the first things you’re going to treat yourself to when things start going back to normal? Are you in need of any of the things mentioned in this post?