Already, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced billions of people around the world to make radical changes to their daily living. From foregoing vacations and tightening their belts each day, there’s no denying that such changes are here to stay until such point that effective vaccines become available for at-risk individuals. And for some experts many of these changes are here to stay forever or what others call “The New Normal.”
While quite a lot of people are obviously more affected than the others, a silver lining is still on the horizon for everyone: that many of the ill effects of the pandemic can be fixed at a low cost. That, when properly done, these remedies can help ease the emotional and mental burden of the situation and serve as a way of giving oneself self-love. And just what are these remedies, you ask?
Here are six inexpensive ways to keep yourself feeling great and looking great during this pandemic and any other crisis in the future:
1. Invest in personal hygiene and self-care products.
With people still being advised to limit face to face interactions and large crowds, ensuring that you are taking care of your hygiene and beauty needs can be tough. Fortunately, you can simply order everything you need online and have them delivered to your doorsteps. You should invest in a revolving hair styler and hair care products to maintain healthy hair, as well as skincare products to have glowing skin at any time of day. These are all part of making yourself not only look great but also feel great, which could lessen the stress you’re feeling these days.
2. Maintain communication with your support group.
You should never feel and be alone during any time of crisis as desolation could wreak havoc on your mental health. In fact, crises call for individuals to stay connected with people closest to them to have the necessary emotional support to survive such a trying time. In today’s tech-driven world, it’s easy to achieve this even while you’re miles apart from your support group. You can easily make voice calls, do video chats, and send personal messages to friends and family who are away from you using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Simply put, there’s no reason why you can’t establish and maintain constant communication with the people that matter to you.
3. Eat right.
A crisis may prevent you from eating as much as you want given the disrupted supply chain but you should find ways to still eat nutritious food each day. You can do this by starting a small backyard garden to plant vegetables and even fruits, which can be both in short supply during a pandemic or other crisis scenario. If you can, consider raising poultry to have access to meat and eggs that you need to satisfy your protein and other nutrition needs. No matter how you decide to do it, the idea is to eat right by having healthy meals served at your dinner table.
4. Get some relaxing scents.
Essential oils and water-based scents are proven to induce rest and relaxation among stressed individuals. With this, you should buy some relaxing scents such as chamomile, lemon, lavender, bamboo, and bergamot. There are oils that you can smell off the bottle or place a few drops on your hankies. Some scents work best when diffused or put on reeds. You can order them online from different sellers and have your fix of relaxing scents whenever needed.
5. Limit your screen time.
While pandemics are tempting times to binge-watch movies and TV series on YouTube and online streaming channels, too much screen time can do bad things to you. The same can be said when you spend lots of hours on social media, where you can read all sorts of potentially depressing news. With this, be sure to limit your screen time each day and preferably make conscious efforts to stay away from negative news to avoid fueling depression or anxiety.
6. Volunteer for a good cause.
Crises are always a great time to extend a helping hand to people who are equally or more badly affected than you. You can do volunteer works in faith-based and civic organizations that are most active during such situations. Such activities would be good for your mental and emotional well-being since you get the satisfaction and simple joy of helping others in their time of need.
Keeping your morale up during a crisis may be hard but not impossible. Just follow these tips and you can maintain your sanity and remain fresh even amid such a chaotic moment in your life.