This week's 13 Things is all about self-care at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Heather Marianna with the Beauty Kitchen is sharing her recipe for a natural skin scrub and moisturizing avocado mask that will leave your skin blemish free. All you need is your blender and a few simple ingredients.
Destressing Acne Tomato and Oats Mask
Half cup of rolled oats
Handful of grape tomatoes
Combine tomatoes and oats in blender. Mix well for a pureed like base and see that you get no lumps in the mixture.
Apply the face mask. Keep it on for 10 minutes and wash off.
Moisturizing Avocado Mask
1/3 cup of coconut milk
3 drops of avocado or coconut oil
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until it becomes a smooth paste.
Apply warm rag for 5 minutes on face to open pores, add mixture and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
2. If you still want to rock the beach waves and can't visit a beauty salon or don't want to use heat on your hair, try Kaylene's super smart twisting technique.
3. Many people are also having to cut their own hair now at home. Local hair stylist Toni Miller shows you how to give the men or boys in your life a professional-looking fade at home. Here are some other basic hair cutting tips.
4. Exercise is one of the best ways to destress right now and yoga is something anyone can do at home. Nicole from "Friends The Musical" is demonstrating how to do the cat-cow. There are also many free workout videos online. Click here to find workout videos for every fitness level. https://www.fitnessblender.com/
5. Sandra Louise from Totally Tiffany Nails believes that beauty is our duty and that if you look good, you will feel good. Check out her quick tips for at-home glam.
6. Try new recipes. Create a healthy, homemade meal or try your hand at baking. Cooking and baking can be very relaxing because it gives your mind something to do besides think about the pandemic. Check out our previous 13 Things list for some great suggestions.
7. Spend 10 minutes a day decluttering or cleaning. A decluttered and clean home can make it easier to spend more time in it. Although it can be tempting to do it all at once, if you do a little bit each day, it may not be so overwhelming. It may also give you a chance to do something different than the rest of your day. Here are some decluttering tips.
8. Take a nice, long bath with bubbles, bath salts or bath oils and music in the background (do not take your phone into the bath). Baths have been shown to not only improve a person’s mood, but they also help ease muscle tensions, improve circulation and boost metabolism. Don’t forget to moisturize when you get out. Here are 10 steps on how to create the perfect bath.
9. Look into aromatherapy. Lavender has been shown in studies to have a measurable impact on brain activity and moods. You can use a diffuser with essential oils or light a candle.
10. Acupressure can help release stress and anxiety and you can do it to yourself unlike acupuncture. For example, press your thumb firmly into the center of your inner wrist about one inch below the crease. Hold it there for a few seconds and release. Do this 5 times. Or, tap the spot where your third eye would be (between your eyebrows and slightly above your brow bone). Use your middle finger to tap rapidly for about 60 seconds. You will feel an immediate sense of calm.
11. Watch or read something uplifting. Find something you enjoy on Netflix or Hulu. Try to stay away from things that may make you sad. It's also OK to turn off the news occasionally (no, we can't believe we are saying that) or step away from news-oriented social media. It is important to stay informed, but you don't have to watch or read the news obsessively. Check out this list of books and check out this list of movies.
12. Make a music playlist. Hop on Spotify and make a playlist of your favorite songs You can also make a group playlist and invite your friends to add to it. Another thing you may want to do is to have a dance party in your living room by yourself or with your family. Turn on the music, turn it up, and start dancing. Here's a great list of music to listen to during the pandemic.
13. Ever wanted to learn how to paint? Now might be the time. Or, if that is too intimidating, trying coloring. There are many adult coloring books available in stores and online. Puzzles are also an option. All of these activities can be very relaxing and good for your mental health.
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