It is hard to believe we’re not yet done being in quarantine. I’m sure that by now, you’ve seen all the different information that has been studied and released about the effects that this historic and challenging period has had on our health, both physically and mentally. It’s perfectly logical that for many, spending that much time indoors and isolated has caused different additional challenges, like weight gain, increased alcohol intake, and a host of other issues. Adding in loss, whether it being family and friends, or financial hardship, makes it even harder. We were unable to travel, see friends and family and follow our normal routines. Now that things are slowly back in motion, it makes self care, a topic I’m always very passionate about, extra important.

Now that things are slowly back in motion, it makes self-care, a topic I’m always very passionate about, extra important.

I’ve written before about how to stay healthy during quarantine, shared tips in a video on how to de-stress at home during quarantine, and shared both my facial routine (in case an aesthetician is still out of the question for you) and my “Mommy and Me” at-home self care quarantine ritual. I believe that as we leave these times, self care cannot be overdone, and its importance cannot be overstated.

Since social connection is important, I challenge you to make a schedule of reaching out to your friends and family, to connect either on the phone or video chat, or in person if you’re both vaccinated! It can seem like an overwhelming idea that may take a lot of energy, but I am confident that you’ll end each conversation glad that you took the time to do so. If you live with others, whether that’s your family, roommates, or a significant other, set up some device-free time to really focus on each other. A break from screen time can be so healthy, and great conversation and touch can both be invigorating.

Mandy Madden, by Chris Singer photography, Los Angeles, Through the window pane

While out furry friends have likely seen the most benefit from their owners being at home, it is also easy to get stuck in a rut with them, or take them for granted. A lot of our pets have also become so accustomed to us being at home, that this new transition may be very difficult for them. It would probably be great medicine to both of you to do something special, like a trip to a dog park, extra brushing session, extra long walk, a little gift from Pagerie, or more play sessions! I know that when I am able to treat my Frenchie Hector, it makes me even happier than it does him! And if it gives you a chance to be safely outdoors and socially distant, the fresh air and sunshine (with sunscreen, of course) can do great things for you as well.

I think anything we safely can do to start feeling back to normal is wise, whether that is incorporating an exercise routine, or getting ready for work even if it’s at home. However, it’s important to also recognize that things are style trying and unprecedented times, so if anything feels extra hard, it’s for good reason. Self-compassion goes a long way too!

Taking the time to be truly mindful of what energizes you, what relaxes you, and what drains you can be very impactful. A “one size fits all” approach to health or self-care is ineffective. If you can figure out how to increase things that bring you energy and relaxation and limit what exhausts you, you’ll begin to notice a positive impact in your health and happiness.

Mandy Madden, by Chris Singer photography, Los Angeles, Through the window pane

A personalized approach to self-care, especially during this transition when we need it most, is a great way to keep our minds, bodies, and spirits as healthy and happy as we an be. What do you do for self-care?

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