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Taking care of yourself during uncertain times

Right now, the world seems like a pretty scary place. While it’s all too easy to say we shouldn’t panic, of course, panic has set in. This week, I wanted to focus my post on how we can take care of ourselves during uncertain times, beyond skincare. As our news feeds are filled with alarming headlines and frightening statistics, I wanted to be on hand with some useful tips. 

Keep hygiene at the forefront of your mind.

I know, you’ve seen it one hundred times already today. But, right now, the circumstances call for serious measures. Beyond washing your hands, drying them thoroughly and carrying sanitiser, ensure your home is clean, and you’re taking precautions wherever possible. 

Also, from a skincare point of view, when you’re regularly washing your hands, they’ll dry out. So be sure to stay moisturised and hydrated. 

Take time to unwind.

Unwinding when we’re feeling nothing but stress and worry can feel near impossible, but, it doesn’t have to be. Particularly if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, it can be easy to fall into bad habits. If you’re trying to stick to your routine, be sure to carve out some time for yourself. Whether you’re taking a long bath or lighting a candle and enjoying a skincare ritual, me-time is more crucial than ever right now! 

If you’re got a lot more downtime on your hands than you did previously, now is a great time to pick up on something that previously got left behind. Whether it be reading a new book, exercising, learning a new skill or finishing a series, try to take the small positives we can right now. 

Stay active.

At current, the government aren’t enforcing total lockdown, so, you can still head outside for some fresh air and a walk. While you can’t go to the gym, you should still find time to exercise if that’s part of your usual routine. Whether it’s some stretching and a home workout, or a nice long walk, just follow precautions and you should be fine.

Switch off from social media.

Social media is plagued with inaccurate information and unsolicited options right now. If you’re finding it difficult to avoid all things COVID-19 and the stresses that come with it, stay off social media. If you need to be on social media for some reason or another, you can mute the words you don’t want to see on your timeline.

Also, during this time, especially if we go into lockdown, your screentime is likely to increase. So, take the time to vet the accounts you’re following and follow those that uplifting and positive! We don’t need to be surrounded by negativity right now. 

Follow advice.

Sure, the advice that’s coming from the Government right now is still feeling unclear to a lot of people. If you’re unsure as to what advice you should be following, use trusted sources such as the government website and WHO. While you may think the news outlets are reliable sources, that’s not always the case. To avoid unnecessary panic, we need to be educating ourself with facts, not clickbait. 

Cut down on unnecessary spending.

As work slows down for many of us and we’re facing financial uncertainty, now is an excellent time to take check of your finances. If you’ve got multiple subscriptions and outgoings you don’t need, now is the time to pause them. 

Right now, nobody truly knows what’s going to happen next. All we can do it make sensible decisions, take precautions and take care of each other. Remember, we’re all in this together. Be kind, and think of others. Wishing you health and happiness for 2020 and beyond. 

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