We’re all still hanging in there (just), I have put together a bunch of my isolation favourites that have made staying at home not too bad at all. And ooh, thank goodness for Amazon deliveries and the legendary post men and women holding our shit together these last few months.
Here are some of my Spring Must-Haves during Quarantine.
For Chilling Out..
For relaxation and zenning out, these are essential.
High Pulse Acupressure Set https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Pulse-acupressure-set-systematic/dp/B01G3HAXAU/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=puncture+mat&qid=1586958447&sr=8-3 Honestly when Dean first brought this home I wasn’t sure wether it was a form of relaxation or in fact a hippy torture mechanism. BUT. Get past the initial sensation of a an (intense) pins and needles and you will really enter full relaxation mood! This set is great for releasing any tension in the body, and if we can’t get to our local masses for the next few months – this guy will come in pretty handy.
Diffuser + Essential Oils. Diffuser: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VicTsing-Essential-Aromatherapy-Ultrasonic-Humidifiers/dp/B06XRS5FLW/ref=sr_1_7?crid=3VMS7W7NHFCOD&dchild=1&keywords=diffuser+oils+fragrance&qid=1586964334&sprefix=Dif%2Caps%2C-1&sr=8-7 Our favourite essential oils come from doTERRA. We like to mix up our favourite scents. I find the smell much stronger and longer lasting than candles. They also have some great stress relieving effects (from our personal experience). www.doterra.com Current favourites are Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass.
Some Home Work-Out Must Haves..
A Pair of Light Dumbell Weights. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neoprene-Dumbbell-Aerobic-Weights-Fitness/dp/B0781DKNRR/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=weights&qid=1586958576&sr=8-7 These are great for easy home workouts and toning up.If you are like me and used to working out at the gym with weights and equipment, I struggled to feel satisfied with my sessions without adding weights. Add these to your next session and build your strength from the comfort of your own home. They have a variation of weights (and pretty colours, woooop)!
Resistance Bands. https://www.amazon.co.uk/CFX-Resistance-Premium-Exercise-Non-Slip/dp/B07RBLJH73/ref=sr_1_14?crid=39CXHOYPO48W8&dchild=1&keywords=resistance+bands&qid=1586962457&sprefix=resistance%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-14 There are so many fantastic workouts we can access totally free (YouTube, Fitness Bloggers etc) while at home and they’re totally free. Many of them incorporate the furniture in your house as replacement for gym equipment, add these to feel even more burn in your workouts.
This time has given us so many opportunities to better our skills set. For some of us that might be learning to be a better cook, or at least mastering some key meals. Grab some books off Amazon or support Food Bloggers and get COOOOKIN’. I really happy love Deliciously Ella and all her books (instagram: @deliciouslyella) and for ‘food, nonsense and general fuckery’ I LOVE LOVE LOVE Shannon White (@shannonskitchenaustralia). Both these gals books can be found on Amazon or their websites.
AND, has the whole world now cooked a banana loaf? Yes. And is this an excuse to buy some cute baking equipment? Also yes. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feleph-Silicone-Utensils-Premium-Spatula/dp/B07DL6L178/ref=sr_1_15?crid=2YR1Q7YLKV5H6&dchild=1&keywords=baking+equipment&qid=1586968245&sprefix=baking+e%2Caps%2C325&sr=8-15
A Motivational Book Haul. Now I know we are all inundated with the latest Netflix releases and Amazon must-watch list. And I know re-watching One Tree Hill from the start 2pm on a Monday seems tempting. But we should really be using this time to sit and READ all those books we have been putting off.
How many times would you tell yourself, ‘I am too busy to read’ but not tooo busy to scroll socials or catch up on KUWTK, hmmm? I am guilty of this too, but I am making a huge effort to feed my brain as much as I can.My recent purchases include “Everything Is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo, “Life Lessons From A Brain Surgeon” by Rahul Jandial and “Million Dollar Habits” by Brian Tracy.
Everything Is Figureoutable https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Figureoutable-Overcome-Obstacle-Unstoppable/dp/B07WXKY51Q/ref=sr_1_1?crid=QOH3N1BKC7W8&dchild=1&keywords=everything+is+figureoutable&qid=1586959417&sprefix=everything+is%2Caps%2C172&sr=8-1
Life Lessons From A Brain Surgeon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Lessons-Brain-Surgeon-healthier-ebook/dp/B07GRDH1KJ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KHXLKUOIROAL&dchild=1&keywords=life+lessons+from+a+brain+surgeon&qid=1586959474&sprefix=life+lessons+%2Caps%2C247&sr=8-1
Million Dollar Habits https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Dollar-Habits-Proven-Practices/dp/B0845Z5PDZ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XQTVTY2NEK1W&dchild=1&keywords=million+dollar+habits&qid=1586959657&sprefix=million+dollar+hab%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-1
Get Creative with art exercises, adult paint sets, or mindful colouring books. Wether you feel you’re creative or not this is a great way to spend 30 minutes a day doing something new.
Or another fabulous option, ‘F*ckity F*ck F*ck F*ck’ (a mood many of us can relate to right now). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swear-Word-Coloring-Book-Adults/dp/164001117X/ref=sr_1_3?crid=176KU8KL6A38&dchild=1&keywords=mindful+colouring+books+for+adults&qid=1586968604&sprefix=mindful+co%2Caps%2C139&sr=8-3
Water Bottle. It is so important we keep our health up during this time and be sure we are drinking lots of water and aren’t things more appealing when they’re a lil’ stylish? Chillys have the best stainless steel water bottles with a bunch of different decorative options. https://www.chillysbottles.com/uk
I know a lot of us are eager to get back to our (now very appreciated) beauticians! Keeping the brows tamed (and quite literally any other part of the usual waxing regime) under control is proving quite the mission. But the good news is, online beauty companies are offering amazing deals and making it that little bit easier for us to keep ourselves together (mildly at least)
Current Iso Beauty Faves are the Garnier face mask range and Keratetse Hair Masks for repairing damaged hair and maintaining long-lasting colour! My go-to sites for all my skincare and hair products are: feelunique.com and lookfantastic.com.
At any moment we have the ability to change our perception about any situation. Make the most of this time, whatever that means to you. Stay safe and healthy, we will be okay.