Pandemic fatigue is very real. For people who’ve been stuck at home, isolated, or kept from friends and family due to social distancing, shutdowns, and other regulations, it’s not abnormal to be experiencing feelings of sadness and even hopelessness. While the pandemic won’t last forever, it can often feel like it will.
Self-care is critical to overall health and mental wellness. Busy days juggling daily responsibilities, families and work can make even the happiest person feel blue after a while. The great news is, there are ways to recharge. From spoiling yourself with self-indulgence like bubble baths, luxury purchases, sneaking away with a good book, or even a day trip, engaging in regular self-care activities can be one way to help reduce pandemic fatigue and invest in yourself.
Life is hard right now. With that in mind, maybe it’s a good time to hop online and check out your local car dealership. Because of the pandemic, there are silver linings when it comes to pricing. If you have a good credit score, many dealerships are offering amazing deals for financing a new car. If you find yourself wondering if you should Google something like ‘5 reasons why now is the right time to buy a new truck‘ or browsing the latest in sports cars while working from home, listen to your gut feeling.
One way to take care of your well-being now is to give yourself something to look forward to. A luxury purchase like a new car can do just that. A new garden tub for your home, that new patio, or even a new vehicle you’ve always wanted to buy yourself could be step one toward lifting those pandemic blues.
A New Wardrobe
The same applies to a new wardrobe. Even if you’re working remotely now, it won’t be forever. Think about looking for womens dress pants that highlight your silhouette or that petite size blouse you’ve always wanted to get. Something as simple as a few new skirts could go a long way in giving you hope that things will be back to normal soon.
If you spend most of your days in sweatpants and haven’t done your makeup in months, think about how great you felt the last time you dressed up. Maybe it was women’s pants and a blazer everyone complimented you on. Heading back to your closet and reimagining and adding to your wardrobe could be an easy way to bring that smile back after a year of pandemic stress.
Spa Days and Indulgence
When thinking about ways to invest in your well-being, don’t forget the little things either. Bubble baths, facial masks, pedicures and home manicures could all go a long way in helping you relax. Think about setting up regular date nights with your partner or romantic interest, too. Whether that means ordering takeout and watching your favorite movies or just taking a walk together, investing in your relationship will help you as well.
Maybe you spend most of your days working from home while balancing the kids’ online school. Set aside time for yourself at night where you can work to pamper you. A happy hour with a homemade cocktail, favorite snack, or new hobby will all help give you a reset that will add up to a healthier you.
At the end of the day, life is harder for most of us right now. By taking time off for self-care, we can invest in ourselves and ultimately come out of the pandemic stronger for it. No matter how you plan to get through it, consider coming up with a plan for ways to invest in yourself. You’ll thank yourself for it. Your family might, too.