10 ways to feel fabulous during the COVID-19 crisis
Posted on November 10 2020
The year 2020 has taken a new turn with a series of unexpected events. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us across the world have not been feeling like ourselves lately. Don’t worry, it is absolutely normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed as well as fear, anxiety, frustration, boredom, loneliness, depression.
The Covid crisis has taken many lives and has left the world in a very morbid state. In addition to that, there’s been a dramatic shift in workplaces towards remote conditions, spending more time indoors, negative news on social media almost on a daily basis. All these factors are not easy on one’s mental and emotional health. It is hurting us day in and day out.
However, there are certain things you and I can do. Generally, human beings are capable of overcoming biggest of big calamities, hardships and especially pandemic is not new for the world. So, just like our strong forefathers, we’re going to take things in our control and make the situation as best as we can.
Below are 10 ways you can feel positive, calmer, fabulous during this Covid crisis. Irrespective of your location and situation, these 10 tips are going to change your life for the better. And help you manage your mental, emotional and psychological health like a pro.
1. Workout like there’s no tomorrow.
This comes as no surprise but a good workout session can instantly change your mood. Infact, one of our staff members says that most of her ‘genius creative ideas’ are born right in the middle of an extremely intense exercise. Sweating out, raising your heartbeat and progressively bringing your intensity up are all guaranteed ways of making you feel better. Physical movement can directly release healthy happy hormones called endorphins and this is how you end up busting all that Covid-19 induced stress.
There are a lot of options to have a decent workout session. If you don’t have access to a gym, try following a legitimate fitness professional on youtube and sweat it out in the comfort of your own home. Lightweights, jumping jacks, running outside (if possible), or even a few rounds of squats are all enough to start with.
2. Connect with friends and family
During these crucial times, it’s important to express your worry and concerns with close friends and family. Ensure you’re very well connected to them through heaps of digital platforms available today. Connect with them through zoom, google meet, Skype and find fun online group games to play together. Make this a weekly regular affair and get rid of loneliness or boredom. Feel alive, fabulous and energetic after a good family and friends bonding session.
3. Massage your pain away
Unwind and elevate your mood with a good old massage. One cannot deny the power of a therapist getting rid of knots, muscle tension, and providing full-body relaxation. Whether it’s a deep tissue massage or aromatherapy or just a light head and neck massage - it’s definitely one of the best ways to destress and feel relaxed.
Depending upon the country you reside in, booking a massage at a spa might be a challenge. Thanks to Covid-19, you can now get a mobile massage done at the comfort of your home. The way it works is a professional massage therapist will receive your booking order, and arrive at your venue during the appointment of your choice. The therapist will bring all the necessary massage equipment so you don’t have to do anything from your end. Just your presence is enough. This becomes a convenient doorstep option, especially during Covid-19 and possibly going forward in the coming years.
The best part of this is - even if the massage is done at your home, it does feel like you’re in a spa. With high-quality essential oils and hand movements targeting all your pain points, you will not regret booking a home massage.
4. Ditch social media scrolling for a good book
Getting lost in a good book is always a good idea. Immerse yourself in a fantasy story, or allow yourself to get motivated by a self-help book. If reading books don't interest you, try browsing sites for good famous blogs. Most of the blogs out there are of 1000 to 2000 words which are ideal for a quick, short read. Staying indoors for a long period of time during the pandemic can lead to unnecessarily over-scrolling on social media apps. Continuous exposure to phone or laptop screens for a long duration that too by aimlessly switching between different apps is detrimental to mental health. It leads to even shorter attention span and definitely makes one feel unproductive. Instead, grab a good book, a cup of cocoa and a cosy blanket. Snuggle in and have a great reading session. Feel fabulously internally.
5. Plan your nutrition to avoid binge-eating and maintain a healthy lifestyle
With the world coming down with an extended lockdown and multiple uncertainties, it becomes easier to get carried away and fall back on junk food. While it’s comforting to eat cup noodles and call it a day, we suggest keeping a simple track of your nutrition. Perhaps, can make small tweaks to your diet plan and accommodate veggies in place of extra rice. Or fruits in place of junk snacks.
Infact use the time at home to learn new recipes, healthier meal plans and try to include fresh vegetables, fruits, good carbs and protein. Fuel your body with the right nutrients and promote a healthier lifestyle and overall wellbeing.
6. Mani-Pedi pampering at the safety and comfort of home, office or your short staycations
Feeling bored at home or want to just pamper yourself because you deserve it? Book a doorstep manicure pedicure service. Whether its your short staycation, after work hour or weekend at home, call someone you can trust and most i importantly, a professional manicurist with good service quality so you can enjoy a good pampering session. Thanks to ample opportunities online, now mani-pedi professionals come straight to your home and ensure you’re pampered. Whether you’re looking for a simple mani-pedi, gel mani-pedi or just manicure without pedicure vice versa - all services are available. The only thing you need to do is go online and book an appointment. It’s that easy.
7. Take an extended mini-holiday in your bathtub
If you have a bathtub, don’t miss a chance to indulge in a self-date. Dump a good bath salt, or bath bomb, grab a drink, crank up some soothing music, grab a book or a magazine, create a spa atmosphere in your washroom and just take yourself on a holiday. All in the comfort of your home. After a long day of work from home, feel fabulous, calmer and much more at peace.
8. Dance your troubles away!
That’s right. Put on your earphones, play some dope hip-hop or dance tunes and just dance. Sounds a bit too crazy especially if you have extended family at your place or you have a crowded home. But hey, find a good time to enjoy some freestyle dance moves because this is instantly going to put you in a better mood. Similar to the earlier workout point, through this physical exercise, your body will be releasing happy hormones called endorphins. And your stress hormones will quickly make you happy, chirpy and fabulous.
9. Maintain a gratitude journal
Write down everything you’re grateful for. Do this on a daily basis. Grab a book, an empty diary, or even a piece of paper. If you’re tech-savvy, download an app that helps with keeping track of your gratitude. Some apps may have reminders. So this way, you don't miss a day of being thankful for everything you have. Sometimes, it’s normal for us to take for granted the things we have and those same things maybe a distant dream for a person across the world. So, promise yourself to start a habit of keeping track of gratitude. Do this exercise first thing in the morning or late in the night. It helps you keep yourself grounded, and promotes a better mental plus emotional health.
10. Gift somebody something nice to cheer them up
Nothing says “I care for you” like a good gift. Whether it’s a physical gift (such as self-care pampering gift box), or a digital gift (such as gift voucher), or even a service ordered to their home. Effortless has some great options wherein you can order pamper session to that special someone’s home. This includes massage, mani-pedi or even makeup. You can also try checking some options to send a self-care kit which consists of essential oils, massage roller and other cute little things. Small packages do make a difference. And it instantly brings a wide smile on their face and makes their heart twirl with joy.
Covid-19 crisis has been almost unreal and overwhelming. All of us are trying our best to keep things afloat - both personal and professional. So, accommodating some of the above practices in your life can really make a difference. Whether it's cooking yourself a wholesome nutritious meal, taking a long bath or even pampering yourself with a massage - all these are small self-care routines that are going to help us pull through this situation.
With that, let’s hope the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end soon and we revert to our original beautiful lives with a renewed strength and happiness.