Rituals That Are Keeping Me Sane Right Now | #StayHome

So many things have changed due to the current situation.

I think we’re all experiencing an increase in low mood and feelings that we’d rather not deal with, which makes things even harder.

As I’ve mentioned a lot on this blog, I’m someone who spends a lot of time at home generally but even I’m struggling with everything that is going on right now.

At the beginning of this whole thing (in the UK we’re coming up to two weeks in official lockdown) I was feeling really down on myself because I wasn’t being ‘productive’ like the people I saw on Instagram.

While I’m still struggling with these feelings from time to time, this situation has given mea better perspective on things and I’m now just focusing on getting through the days as best as I can.

Some things that are making me feel better are the new rituals that have popped up in my life. I haven’t been making a conscious effort to create routines or anything, but there are some things that I seem to be doing everyday for the sake of keeping positive.

I thought I’d take some time today to share these little rituals as they’re really helping me at the moment and they might give you inspiration for some things to do.

MY NEW RITUALS

  • Watching Kate McCabe vlogs 

I seem to be starting every day off watching Kate McCabe videos. She is working really hard at the moment and is uploading so many videos, including regular vlogs of her time at home. She is such a positive person and I find her voice really relaxing, so watching her videos first thing is getting me in the right head space for the rest of my day.

I’ve been watching a lot of similar YouTubers at the moment and there are so many creators who are making me happy right now. I think this is a great time to use free outlets like YouTube and blogs as both an escape and a way to lift your mood when you need it most.

  • Making my bed

Not to be that person, but I typically make my bed everyday anyway because it makes such a difference to my space. My bed is the biggest thing in my room and it really make the space look better when it’s been made. I’m trying to wash my sheets a bit more often that I normally would right now, because I’m spending more time in bed. Plus fresh sheets can honestly cure a lot of bad feelings!

Making my space look fresh and tidy is really important for my mental health. I’m making more of an effort to tidy up after myself in every capacity when it comes to my room, including putting away chargers and taking cups down to the kitchen when I’m finished with them, as well as making the bed. It makes my room seem more inviting and generally a better place to be.

  • Maintaining skincare routines

I recently bought some skincare bits, just before the lockdown started, and I’ve really been enjoying using them. I’m trying to make the effort daily – although sometimes I don’t manage to do both the morning and night – to wash my face and use these skincare products.

I don’t have an extensive skincare routine and I never will, but I’m really enjoying trying  new products. Washing my face everyday is a good way to make me feel ready for whatever I might be doing (which is typically sitting, reading or watching TV) and just makes me feel more awake.

You don’t need to buy new products for this at all, simply use what you have and try to make an effort to apply them as much as you can.

  •  Lighting candles

Being cosy is such an important thing for me and I’ve become obsessed with having candles on. I like to light my candles either first thing in the morning or in the evening when it begins to get dark, as it makes the room feel so warm and cosy.

No matter what I’m doing, whether I’m playing Sims, watching YouTube or reading in bed, having candles and soft lighting around me creates a total hygge vibe.

hygge
/ˈh(j)uːɡə,ˈhʊɡə/
noun
  1. a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

I think it’s so important right now to make your home as cosy and inviting as can be, as we’re spending more time here than we ever have before.

  • Keeping connected

As I mentioned in my last post, it is vital that we keep connected during this lockdown. This is the time when we need to be reaching out to our loved ones in any way that we can and making sure we have people around us that make us feel good.

I’ve been keeping in contact with my loved ones more than ever right now, which is great for an introvert like me!

The group chat I have with my girls is constantly going, whether we’re having a conversation, a rant or sharing memes. I’m making sure to have at least one conversation with my fiance on FaceTime everyday, even if it’s just to say hello to him and see his face. I’m also starting new rituals with some of my friends, such as calling each other as we listen to podcasts or watch the same TV show.

No matter what you do, try to reach out to someone on a daily basis just to feel connected and keep the relationships going.


I’m hoping to see more positive rituals come out of this situation and even though things are hard right now, I’m enjoying trying out new things.

What is keeping you sane right now?

I hope you’re doing well and staying safe, friends.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

Photo by Stella Rose on Unsplash

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