Last year was a test for mental health for sure! It taught us the value of regular self-care for our mental health. According to a survey by the Samueli Integrative Health Program, “80% of participants intended to be more mindful about regular self-care practices after the pandemic”. But sadly 46% of them reported struggling to find ways to maintain their physical, mental and spiritual health. If you find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy routine, you can fall back on some of these simple self-care tips…
Unplugging From Devices
Modern technology offers us many wonderful conveniences day-to-day, but not a lot of help with down time. For most, just some extended peace and quiet for simple pleasures, like reading a book or taking a nap, is enough to reset. But none of those things can really be enjoyed with your phone, watch or computer continually buzzing you. So try putting some distance between you and your devices. Turn things off or even take your you time outside. Either way, a break from each other lets you both recharge.
Upgrading Your Home Spa
Face masks and bubble baths are an oldie but goodie! However, they may be getting old after many months at home recently. So why not revamp your homemade spa experiences with more pampering? Try utilizing a diffuser to take in the combination of steam and your favorite essential oil while your bath water runs. For men, this would be a great time to give yourself a straight razor shave. And don’t skimp on the simple little things after your bath. Take some time to moisturize well from head to toe with your favorite body lotion (sunless tan anyone?). Then, wind down in bed wearing your softest comfy clothes—maybe even squeeze in a manicure!
Moving Your Body
Outside of physical benefits, many simple activities also reinforce mental health and can easily be achieved, especially with apartment living amenities. Whether it’s a run through the neighborhood, play-date with your pup, living room pilates or a simple closet clean-out, anything that involves movement helps your body produce endorphins. These feel-good neurotransmitters of the brain have been linked to easing symptoms of depression, relieving anxiety, and even sharpening memory. A little movement goes a long way!
Building A New Skill
Want to learn another language or how to watercolor? In these times, we can learn almost anything for free and from home, thanks to modern apps and online resources. Experiment with poetry or journaling—a nice way to express yourself and exercise your mind. If you’re more into information than arts, you could finally subscribe to that podcast you’ve been eyeing. Just remember to stay engaged and avoid any multitasking.
Connecting With People
We always say “we need to talk more”. Well, self-care is your way make this happen! When you are distant from your tribe, you miss these relationships more than you realize. It’s because humans are inherently social and we need to stay connected. It’s simply good for the soul. Make “just because” calls with friends and family for some good lols, catch up and personal feel-good moments. If you’re tired of your electronics and you live in an apartment community, you literally have company right next door. Invest in your neighbors and you’ll never go without self-care for long!
Enjoy the simple pleasures at Portofino!
We believe self-care is essential to a healthy lifestyle and a happy home. The tight-knit neighborhood, modern apartment homes, and resort-style amenities at Portofino make it easy to build self-care into your daily life.