12 self-care items to make your self-isolation better
Here are a few items to improve and aid your self-isolation while at home.
As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are preparing and already self-isolating. Even though this time can be intimidating, self-isolation is the perfect opportunity to practise a bit of self-care when you have the time.
You may have hours of free time to spend to yourself or a few short minutes to relax and destress. So, we have put together a list of items that will work for a range of lifestyles that can help lift your spirits during self-isolation.
My top pick: Ole Henrikson Cold Plunge Pore Mask ($49) – SHOP NOW
Step 1 in any self-care routine is without a doubt a stunning face mask. Whatever your skin type, I recommend getting one that takes a little time to cook.
There are express facemasks that last 5 minutes if you're short on time. However, I do enjoy a mask that takes a little while to cook so you really get to live the self-care fantasy. I like one that needs to be on for 20-30 minutes and the fancier in colour the better.
My top pick: Ecoya Blood Orange Candle ($29.95) – SHOP NOW
When you're going to be spending so much time indoors you'll want to make your environment nice, relaxing and free from all that bad juju.
Now, it's an actual scientific fact that lighting a candle fixes all your life problems. I promise.
If you already have a candle, buy another, buy 5, buy 20 – it's one of the most important essentials.
3. Coffee maker
My top pick: Nespresso by Delonghi Inissia Capsule Coffee Maker ($199) – SHOP NOW
If you're like me, you simply cannot survive without your obnoxiously large iced coffee.
Up until this point, I also didn't own a coffee machine so if you are not prepared then it's time we GET prepared. The other pro of this purchase is that you can make espresso martinis at home and okay fine, that's the real reason why I'm buying a coffee maker.
My top pick: Womanizer x LoveHoney Pro40 ($149) – SHOP NOW
Speaks for itself. Self-love is self-care, baby.
My top pick: The Witcher - Andrzej Sapkowski ($22.95) – SHOP NOW
Your Netflix account is probably going to get a good workout during this time but I really recommend getting yourself a good book (or 10). It also means you won't have to fight over the remote with your partner, roommate or kids if you don't live alone.
If you have had a few on your list this is a great time to check them off. I would suggest looking towards reading a series so you have a few you can churn through. It will also stop you from becoming a mindless zombie watching reruns of Grey's Anatomy for the seventh time but I'm not judging.
My top pick: Sheridan quick-dry unisex bathrobe ($130) – SHOP NOW
The fact that you don't need to leave the house means you can stay in your bathrobe for the whole day. You have my full permission.
If you don't have one, well then, the time is nigh to get your hands on one. You will not regret it.
My top pick: Typo A5 Buffalo Journal ($9.99) – SHOP NOW
This time might feel a little lonely and a bit stressful. It's important to allow yourself to feel those emotions and write them down. Journaling is a great way to organise your thoughts and even inspire creativity.
You can write a list of all the benefits of staying at home or the things you want to do. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, journaling is a great way to help any anxiety you're feeling during self-isolation.
8. Gym mat
My top pick: Adidas 7mm Fitness Mat ($39.99) – SHOP NOW
As I said, we want to avoid being a couch zombie 24/7 during this time so get up and get moving! Exercising is not just good physically but emotionally too and we could all use some good endorphins.
Get yourself a gym mat and look up some at-home online fitness routines. There's a wide range online and a vast majority offer free trials so you can give them a red hot go before you commit.
9. Bath salts
My top pick: Frank Body In Your Dreams Sleep & Scrub Soak ($18.95) – SHOP NOW
I am one of the very sad, unlucky and robbed human beings that does not have a bath in their apartment but if you do PLEASE USE IT. Do it for me.
There is nothing in this world more relaxing than a warm, luxurious bath.
Bath salts can also help ramp up the serenity and melt away any tension in your muscles from all those home workouts you've been doing.
10. Jigsaw puzzle
My top pick: Ravensburger Disney Moments Lion King 1994 Puzzle ($47.95) – SHOP NOW
I have literally always wanted to do one of these obnoxiously large puzzles but never had the time. Well, party people, we've got the damn time now.
It's a fun activity that will get your brain juices flowing and give you a cute li'l achievement by the end of it. It's also something you can do with anyone you're self-isolating with too!
My top pick: Clairol Nice' N Easy hair dye ($8.00) – SHOP NOW
It's probably going to be a while before any of us are able to head to the salon. So stocking up on some at-home hair dye may be a good idea for any touch-ups you need and it's actually super fun.
I've been dying my own hair for years now and it's a pretty simple yet relaxing activity. Unless you try to go bleach blonde.
Hot tip: Don't try to go bleach blonde
12. Piemaker (or any other cool cooking tool)
My top pick: Sunbeam Pie Magic Traditional 4 Cup Pie Maker ($89.95) – SHOP NOW
Self-isolation presents a great opportunity to expand your cooking and baking skills. I know for myself I've been recycling the same 4 recipes over and over again so take the time to teach yourself something new.
Whether you want to make cupcakes with the kids (or for yourself, that works too) or learn how to make pies, it's a super fun and also efficient way to spend your time.
Plus, if you make anything in bulk you can freeze it for dinners or lunches later in the week to save time for any other activities you plan on.
Hell, you can even decide to make a gingerbread house. There are no rules.