Well-Being & Self Care

6 Things To Treat Yourself To After Lockdown

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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?

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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”.

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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?



  1. I just can’t wait to go for a coffee in my local cafe!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. It’s the simple things!

  2. This sounds silly but the thing I’m looking forward to most is doing a proper food shop full of meals that I’d want to make not buying things that are easier to adapt if I can’t get stuff or practical to have in when I can’t just pop to the shop for more ingredients. And the gym, never going to take that place for granted again x


    1. It’s the little things we really miss, isn’t it!

  3. katy gilroy says:

    I’m defo going for a spa day haha! can’t wait x

    1. Oh me neither! x

  4. Aisling O'Connor says:

    I’m looking forward to supporting small businesses again when the time comes – my favourite place is a little cafe/eco-shop and I hope they survive this. I could also do with going to the denist!

    Ash | thisdreamsalive

    1. I really hope they do too, it’d be such a shame to see small businesses close down x

  5. I’d love to treat myself to FOOD, MORE FOOD AND MORE FOOD. ;D

    1. Yesssss! All the takeaway haha!

  6. I had lots of things planned before this virus, the hairdressers, going to the cinema, seeing a variety show performed by the local Scouts and Girl Guides and seeing friends. So hopefully I shall get to these soon 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. Fingers crossed it’s not too long before you can do them again!

  7. I’m on day 3 after being placed on the furlough scheme on Monday.
    I’ve got a bit of a routine but it’s so odd making the adjustment.
    I can’t wait to get back to gym classes and spa days.


    1. Hope you’re doing okay! xx

  8. Massage or spa day sounds like a good idea! I think once everything goes back to normal I’m definitely going on holiday, and perhaps also going on a trek! I miss travelling so much

    1. Sounds like a wonderful idea! x

  9. I’m going to Afternoon Tea, a massage, maybe even a holiday WITHOUT MY KIDS! loool x

    1. Oh my god you’re pushing the boat out!!!

  10. Great tips, gives us a chance to dream about what we want after these crazy days of isolation.

    1. Absolutely! I’m definitely dreaming right now!

  11. I’m with you on the massages! I have a deep tissue massage every month like clockwork in order to deal with my back. My March appointment was 2 days after everything was shut down in the province, meaning that I missed it, and I’m REALLY feeling it right about now. I was already talking to my massage therapist and we agreed that she’ll be getting me in ASAP when things open back up again lol

    1. Oh gosh I really feel for you! It’s so uncomfortable when you REALLY need a massage!

  12. I need to treat myself to aaaaall of these. Already making plans for when the lockdown is over, need something to look forward to!

    1. Absolutely! It’s so important to have things to look forward to!

  13. Once this is over I’ll probably have finished uni forever and be moving back home, so it’s the perfect time to join the gym in my town! Me and my boyfriend were meant to have a spa day for his birthday but never got to do it due to self isolation, so I can’t wait to book in a massage when this is all over! These are some great tips and have really lifted my spirits. I’m super excited to do all this stuff when everything is finally back to normal now x

    1. You’ll definitely need a spa day after all of this! x

  14. Great list! I’m looking forward to just eating and drink out tbh, but I’m definitely tempted to treat myself to a facial or something too x


    1. Oh yeah I’m looking forward to going out for a meal again! It’s the little things!

  15. This is a handy list for someone like me, who rarely thinks ahead of the moment. It is a bummer so many things have been cancelled, and plans for spa dates and fun nights out upset, but continuing to find ways to look out for yourself at home is important to!

    1. It really is important for the time being, as there’s nothing else we can do!

  16. I definitely want to invest in more small businesses after the lockdown to help them grow more financially. I know what it’s like to be out of work because I’ve been on the hunt for a job since 2014.

    Natonya | https://JustNatonya.wordpress.com

    1. Ah girl I’m sorry. I think this period is putting a lot into perspective for a lot of people! I definitely need to start shopping small more often going forward x

  17. Daisy says:

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder! I’m missing the world! I really can’t wait to walk around without avoiding people and buying what I’d like again. I’m definitely going for a hand treatment because my hands are so sore!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. God isn’t that true! My hands are looking gross too – I’m in need of some sort of hand treatment! x

  18. Kayleigh Zara says:

    These are amazing suggestions! The first thing I will be doing is doing to a cinema and then heading back to Essex to visit my family, thanks for sharing x

    1. Come and visit me whilst you’re in Essex too girl!

  19. I’ll be glad when I can stop worrying about my son catching the virus. He’s extremely vulnerable as he has Leukaemia. It’s difficult not being able to see family at this time so first thing I will do is make sure I go and see loved ones.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. It’s a stressful enough time as it is without that on top of everything. As long as he’s safe at the moment, that’s all that matters.

  20. I love this, Jenny, self-care is such an important aspect that I always overlook in favour of running around after Flora. The only bit of me time I get is in my garden, which I’m super grateful for right now. The first thing I’m going to do when this is over is to book a hair appointment – my badger stripe is already showing, I hate to think how grey I’ll be in another 10 weeks’ time, haha! xxx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. I’m really grateful for having a garden right now too. I can’t wait for our 20 degrees on Sunday!

  21. nortoncharity says:

    Ah yes! I miss all those things so much. I also miss being able to go out to eat at restaurants and going on date nights with my hubby and all that. I plan on doing all those things and much more when we are all finally released! Which will hopefully pass by quickly!!

    1. I miss restaurants too! Can’t wait to go out and have a yummy meal out again!

  22. These are such great ideas Jenny! 😊

    I don’t even know where I’ll start when this is all over. There are so many things that I think I’ll do just for the sake of it such as go to the shops just to have a browse and get out in the fresh air and spend the day out somewhere.

    Love Lozza xo

    1. Haha we’ll just want to do ALL THE THINGS to make up for lost time!

  23. I have a whole list of things I want to do when this is over that I’m planning to share on my blog too. I’ll definitely be treating myself. I was due to get married in August and I currently don’t know what is going to happen with that so I definitely feel like some pampering will be in order to help me deal with potentially postponing my wedding!

    Lauren | http://www.laurenyloves.co.uk

    1. I was planning on doing a blog post about that today too! I’m dreaming so much right now haha!

  24. I had a massage booked that got cancelled because of the virus. I am really kicking myself for not getting my appointments in (hair, nails, massage) prior to all of this happening. I was procrastinating and it really shows now. Hopefully I have learned my lesson and I won’t put things off again! Thanks for the encouragement. It’s good to look at the future instead of feeling sad about what our current situation is.

    1. At least it’s something you’ve learned going forward!

  25. My plan when the quarantine is to go to shop and not feel paranoid wondering if anyone has the bug.

    1. Oh gosh yes!

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