The month of February is all about love, and since we’re not spending time in a salon or at a nice restaurant this year, it seems now is a better time than ever to focus on stay-at-home self-care. Here are a few ways you can treat yourself this month (and long after!) and make love out of nothing at all.
Kick-off with a Cuppa
Forget about your morning cup of coffee. Adding tea to your morning can help support a healthy heart. Research shows that drinking green tea regularly may lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.
End your shower with an invigorating blast. After you’ve finished your shower routine, switch to cold water for 30 seconds. You’ll get a sudden burst of energy as your body tries to conserve heat and kicks your circulation into gear.
Walk it Off
Taking a break from your day-to-day routine to get some air can really help amplify your mood. A Canadian study showed that a 15-minute walk can help boost concentration, while the increased blood flow can improve memory and cognition.
If you’re avoiding the salon, that doesn’t mean you have to skip the salon-quality look. Make the most of your at-home manicure by staying up-to-date on the latest shades.
Focus on your Feet
Giving yourself a pedicure is one of life’s most simple pleasures. Don’t just focus on your nails, however. Work to exfoliate the tough, dry skin on your feet by opting for a foot mask before you take care of cuticles and nails.
Go with your Glasses
Dorothy Parker once said, "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." We think that given today’s screen-focused society, Dorothy might make an exception. Prevent digital eyestrain by reducing contact lens use and following the rule of 20: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away.
Go Green (Thumb)
Faux isn’t always the way to go. Channel your inner plant lady and live a better life! A 2015 study in the Journal of Anthropological Medicine showed that interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress.