Wellness experts share their self-care tips for the coronavirus pandemic

By Heather Cichowski

Wellness experts share their self-care tips for the coronavirus pandemic

Looking after ourselves, including our mental health, physical health and emotional wellbeing, shouldn't be forgotten during the coronavirus pandemic. While there is so much happening and new updates daily about COVID-19, it is important not to neglect ourselves.

With many people in self-isolation or quarantine, our typical routines have changed, which likely includes your beauty, self-care, exercise and parenting routines, to name just a few things.

So, HELLO! Canada asked experts from different fields for tips we can practice to look after ourselves. They are simple enough to do every day!

Beauty and wellbeing

Start the day slowly with a self-care regimen

"Taking a few moments of calm time in a comfortable space is important for me," explained Céla Founder Celine Tadrissi, who has a morning bathroom self-care routine consisting of breathing, regular exfoliation and moisturizing.

"Breathing slowly and deeply is the best reset to experience the moment."

She added the importance of exfoliation followed by moisturizing the face and body.

"We often forget about the body – for me I feel like a new woman when I have scrubbed from head to toe then covered in my favourite moisturizer," she revealed.

Enjoy a relaxing bath

"An easy way to practice self-care right now and de-stress is to create a relaxing at-home spa experience," suggested Innisfree Education Manager Yasir Akhtar.

"Start off with a hot bath and set a relaxing mood with some candles.

"While you’re unwinding in the tub, take the time to do a face mask while meditating to some spa music to take your mind off of things."

He recommended the Innisfree Hydrating 3-Minute Mask ($31), which is quick to use and effective.

Show hair some TLC

Victoria Radford, celebrity beauty expert and founder of Radford, suggested giving hair a break from heat styling tools and trying out simpler hairstyles while at home.

She also promoted using a hair mask, like the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Masque ($59) or Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair 3-in-1 Sealing Serum ($50), as part of a pampering self-care session.

Make it more fun with a mini dance party in your bedroom or take a more zen-like approach with a spa-like experience.

Try breathing exercises

Kristin Rondeau, national educator at Saje Natural Wellness, endorsed a "Saje Breath" using essential oils. It's simple!

"To do a Saje Breath, pick up your favourite essential oil roll-on, two of my favourites are Immune ($24) and Stress Release ($28).

"Simply roll the blend onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together briskly and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and take several deep breaths," she instructed.

"This practice gives you a moment in your day to pause, connect with yourself, and get a small dose of mindfulness and beneficial essential oils."

Combine rituals

Mariam White, founder and CEO of Principle Brands, recommended pairing rituals together to help form self-care habits.

"I personally pair two rituals together like exercising and then washing my face or adding James Read Tanning Drops ($44) to my hydrator for a natural glow (it makes a real difference for Zoom).

"Doing one will always remind me of the other until they become a habit."

Connect with experts virtually

Mariam added that now is a great time to connect with professionals over virtual consultations. The e-meetings can provide great feedback and help people feel connected.

"Customize your self-care ritual by connecting with the many beauty professionals on social media who are offering virtual consults – there has never been a better time to take advantage of their expertise."

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Breathe and mask

"For 7 minutes a day do mindful breathing patterns during times of stress to allow your body to relax and oxygenate to its fullest healing potential," stated Patricia Claire, National Training Manager, NEOSTRATA.

She suggested heightening the experience with a mask, like the Pure Hyaluronic Acid Biocellulose Mask ($10).

Have a family hair challenge

David Nadicci, creator of we are we are, recommended getting everyone involved with a hair challenge!

"Create a hair challenge with your isolation partner or your kids - style each other’s hair in a totally different way," he explained. "Take pictures and get people to vote for the best one."

Health and physical activity

Make simple, intentional choices

Amber Joliat, creator of MISFITSTUDIO, advocated setting the tone for your day from the moment you wake up with mindful choices.

"I recommend not looking at your phone for at least 30 minutes to an hour when you rise."

"Instead, try meditation and slow breathing – 5 minutes or 10 minutes – it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, start small.

"Get dressed as if you were leaving the house. It’s important to feel good about how you put yourself forward – do it for yourself," she continued.

"Make a cup of coffee or tea and actually sit down without your phone and sip it slowly.

"These are good habits to incorporate into our daily routines regardless of isolation, but truly now is the time to create and stick to these good habits."

Consider your plan for the day

"Self-care is not an indulgence, it is a necessity," said Taila Founder Shadoh Punnapuzha.

"What I find particularly helpful is putting together a list of items you think you may want to do, like take a bath, read a book you have had your eye on, journaling, prepare a fiesta themed dinner, strengthen you practice in yoga.

"All those things that you have put on the backburner because you don’t have the time but you would enjoy."

Enjoy some time outside while staying safe

"Breaking up your every day routine with some outdoor activities, even if that involves time in your backyard or on your balcony, can really help to perk up your mood," explained Coppertone‘s Marketing Director Julia Geissen.

Try going for a walk (while practising social distancing) or going out in the yard to get some vitamin D.

Just make sure to apply protective sunscreen, like the Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Pure & Simple Kids ($12.29), which is great for the whole family and offers 100 per cent zinc oxide protection.

Try a wellness app

"For keeping your mind and body in balance, using a mindfulness app will do the trick combined with yoga to keep you in the right headspace," said RetailMeNot.ca Shopping & Trends Expert Sara Skirboll.

Get the kids involved with gratitude

"One easy thing to do each day is to write a gratitude/happiness list," explained the Lost + Found team. "It sounds so annoying and cheesy but it is really helpful in improving your mood and mindset."

"Simply list 3 things that happened that day that made you happy or that you were grateful for."

Remember the small things! And get the entire family involved, including those you are connecting with virtually.

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Listen to your inner voice

"I think that during this time, more than ever, we should listen to our inner voice and follow intuition. We are all different and we find different ways to de-stress," said Dr. Sumita Butani, Vice President of Product Development, Rodan + Fields.

"See if there are any activities or distractions within your control that are adding unnecessary stress or anxiety to your current routine.

"If there are, try to eliminate those from your day and repurpose any extra time with something that will help reduce your stress.

"That could be picking up a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try, calling a friend or family member, starting a creative project, taking a nap, etc."

In this challenging time, it’s really hard to be separated from family and friends. It’s also a time when everyone needs a beautiful escape. Here at Hello! Canada, we’re still busy creating the magazine you know and love, to spread positivity and provide some entertainment as a gentle reprieve from all the hard news. And with our new special offer for subscribers, there’s never been a better time to have Hello! delivered directly to your front door. Why not treat yourself, or someone you love, today?

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