And just like that, a year has gone by. Yet here we are. Still braving our way out of the current situation, trying our best to survive. With no sign of the pandemic going away anytime soon, a whole new dimension of stress on our mental, social, and physical health has been a constant burden. Thus, it’s high time to look ahead look after yourself, and self-isolation will not stop that.
The majority of people adore the concept of makeovers, and the promise of becoming more beautiful has given the impression that makeovers are expensive. That’s understandable considering the expense of other treatments, such as hair and nail salons, beauty spas, beauty treatments, and clothing. In fact, one survey shows that, on average, a woman spends about a quarter of a million in her lifetime or $225,360 on beauty and personal care products alone.
Though there’s entirely nothing wrong with investing in yourself, looking into alternatives that don’t entail a significant strain financially is always a good and a more practical place to start. The results may not be as drastic as a full-body makeover; however, the long-term benefits of such would be undoubtedly fruitful.
Here are some inexpensive self-care ways for your quarantine makeover:
Invest on sleep
Sometimes, a bit more sleep is all that you need. While it’s enticing to stay awake a few minutes longer to finish that series, update social media, play video games, or even work overtime — resist. Sleep is sacred, and it’s essential for recharging your mind and body to survive the next day.
Lack of sleep triggers stress, resulting in you not performing your best, making you feel more drained. Allow yourself to take a nap and let your body and mind relax. A key component of self-care and getting pampered on a budget is remembering to calm down at night.
While toxins are successfully excreted from your body during sleep, your brain eliminates two times the volume when you get a good night’s rest. Generally, this lets you feel more rested when you wake up, helps you focus so that you’re not so distracted, and makes your skin look more radiant and glowing.
Refresh your wardrobe
When it comes to feeling good about yourself, the clothing you wear plays a significant role. Clothes that highlight your physical assets will improve your self-esteem. Therefore, it’s essential to determine the look you desire and seek out pieces that complement it.
Of course, you don’t have to rush to the nearest fashion boutique and buy new ones. You can always go through your things and sort out what you think doesn’t compliment you anymore. Swap them with your friend’s or you can go to donation drives and see which attires can be switched with yours. This will allow you to update your wardrobe while saving money.
Switch Up Your Hair Game
Your hairstyle is an extension of your personality. Many people are concerned that switching their hairstyle would cause them to lose their individuality, but this is not the case. Updating your hairstyle is a huge change, and you must be fearless to do so. Changing your hairstyle will help you feel like a completely different person and will boost your self-confidence.
If you want to keep things quick, cut at least an inch off your hair to eliminate split ends and clean it up. Additionally, you can get bangs, especially side-swept ones, which look fantastic on most face types.
Although updating your hairstyle often takes hours in the salon, this doesn’t mean you cannot do so at home. For example, if you’re looking to channel effortless glam with beachy waves, French braid your damp hair before bed and use an iconic turbo hair dryer to finish adding more texture and achieve that bouncier look in the morning.
Increase your water intake
It’s important to know that dehydration will exacerbate stress. According to studies, losing between 1% and 3% of your body weight in water can change your mood and make it more difficult to recall details. Ensure that you consume enough water and make it a part of your frequent habit. Take a glass in the morning and again before dinner. Carrying a glass of water with you while working or exercising will also assist you with staying hydrated.
With so many things going on, it easy to believe that you have to be actively connected to keep up with everything. But while keeping yourself updated is beneficial, ensure that you don’t overburden yourself with it. Take a moment to unplug and concentrate on uplifting and calming yourself. Check on yourself as much as you check on your social media accounts and talk to yourself like you would to a person you care about the most. That is self-care.