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Self Care In The Age of Social Distancing

Many of us including myself never imagined a world with so much free time. As someone who is always on the go, it’s rare that I stop to think about what I would do if I had more time to myself. Well here we are, presented with an opportunity to take a break and look deep within ourselves. With this new found time, I’ve decided to get reacquainted with myself and find creative ways to stay productive. My favorite ways of staying connected with myself and others during a time of social distancing starts with a good morning routine.  

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Morning Routines

Mornings are personally my favorite part of the day. For as long as I could remember, I’ve always had some sort of morning routine. Without a work schedule or any social events, latching onto my morning routine has been crucial for staying productive. My morning routine is as follows: I wake up to an alarm, typically set for 8AM, unless I had a long night of binging the Golden Girls. Next, I make my bed and view this as the day's first accomplishment. After I’m out of bed it’s time to pull myself together. I grab the under eye gel masks from the fridge (pro-tip). I swear by the Milk Makeup Cooling Water Eye Patches. I complete my skin care routine and feel ready as ever to make breakfast. It’s no secret I’m in a love affair with avocado toast. Here’s my favorite recipe, you can thank me later. Most importantly, I polish the morning off with a cup of coffee and dive into the day.

Exercise

Now the real expert on fitness at SPCS is our girl Jen, otherwise known as @hairaddict on Instagram. For now, here’s what I know. Exercise is known for improving people's mental health, mood, and sleep. I’ve always used exercise to release stress and manage my anxiety. I find spending 30 minutes or more on exercise, incredibly helpful and rewarding both mentally and physically. While gyms are closed I’ve taken advantage of at home workout tutorials on Youtube. If ab crunches and squats aren’t your thing, try some yoga tutorials. I recently ordered a jump rope off Amazon, sounds silly I know but the simplicity of jumping rope has been a great way to get active and not worry if I’m doing it right. As long as you’re finding creative ways that work for you and your body to stay active, you’re on the right track. 

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Ways To Relax 

Okay now we’re talking my language. When not in a band tee and platform booties, I live in loungewear. Loungewear tends to get a bad reputation but if you find the right pieces you’ll find the perfect mix between comfy and cute. If you’re on the hunt for quality and fashionable loungewear, look no farther than Urban Outfitters and Free People. As much as I love candles my new obsession is diffusing essential oils. My go to blend for a calm night is 3 drops of cedar-wood, 3 drops of lavender, and 2 drops of tangerine. The diffuser often soothes my mind and makes falling asleep during this unprecedented time that much easier. Last but not least, especially at night, a good chill playlist puts my mind at ease. I’ve always turned to music in good times and bad but with extra free time, take a little time to find that playlist that makes you jump out of bed to dance and sing in the mirror.  

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Staying Social

The most difficult part of social distancing is not being able to spend time with those you care about most. The one saving grace is having the technology to stay connected. I recently had a Zoom call with some of my best friends and for a moment, the world felt back to normal. Whether it’s Zoom or FaceTime, use your time to catch up with friends, old and new. Remind your loved ones of how important they are and simply appreciate the opportunity to communicate with them another day. 

SPCS HAS YOUR BACK 

I took a little time to chat with our beauty guru and fearless leader, Sara @saripaints via Instagram. Sara is one of the most knowledgeable skin care connoisseurs I know. She shared with me her secret to the perfect glow. Here are the details on Sara’s skincare routine. She starts with the Murad Renewing Cream Cleanser, then grabs the Pharmagel Enzyme Ex-Cell skin exfoliator, followed by Farmhouse Fresh Honey and Oat Pajama Paste face mask, and M-61 Vitablast C Serum 2.0, last but not least she hydrates her skin with the Farmhouse Fresh Kale Weightless Moisturizer, and treats her under eyes to the Murad Renewing Eye Cream. Of course we had to catch up on all things hair, Sara shared her new obsession with the Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask and the Something To BeLeave-In spray which in the words of Sara herself “is liquid gold”. 

Now if you aren't already typing these hair products into your google search bar, STOP! If you haven’t heard SPCS is creating customized COVID-19 survival boxes. Boxes will include our favorite shampoos, conditioners, leave in products, exclusive jewelry pieces, soaps, and SPCS swag. More information on these boxes can be found on Sara’s Instagram @saripaints.  

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