Our top self-care items to make your self-isolation better

Here are a few items to improve and aid your self-isolation while at home.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are preparing and already self-isolating. Even though this time can be intimidating, self-isolation is the perfect opportunity to practise a bit of self-care when you have the time.

You may have hours of free time to spend to yourself or a few short minutes to relax and de-stress. So, we have put together a list of items that will work for a range of lifestyles that can help lift your spirits during self-isolation.

Face masks

Step 1 in any self-care routine is without a doubt a stunning face mask. Whatever your skin type, we recommend getting one that takes a little time to cook.

There are express facemasks that last five minutes if you’re short on time. However, we do enjoy a mask that takes longer to do its magic so you really get to live the self-care fantasy. We suggest trying one that needs to be on for 20-30 minutes and the fancier in colour the better.

Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet - Damask Rose
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet - Damask Rose

LOOKFANTASTIC

Candles

When you’re going to be spending so much time indoors you’ll want to make your environment nice, relaxing and free from all that bad juju.

Now, it’s an actual scientific fact that lighting a candle fixes all your life problems. We promise.

If you already have a candle, buy another, buy 5, buy 20 – it’s one of the most important essentials.

Kew Royal Botanical Gardens Freesia & Pear Scented Tin Candle, 220g
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens Freesia & Pear Scented Tin Candle, 220g

John Lewis & Partners

Coffee makers

If you’re like us, you simply cannot survive without your obnoxiously large iced coffee.

Up until this point, we also didn’t own a coffee machine so if you are not prepared then it’s time to GET prepared. The other pro of this purchase is that you can make espresso martinis at home and okay fine, that’s the real reason why we’re buying a coffee maker.

Sage Bambino Plus Espresso Machine Silver
Sage Bambino Plus Espresso Machine Silver

Pact Coffee

French coffee maker Stelton “EM Black” 1l
French coffee maker Stelton “EM Black” 1l

Coffee Friend

Books

Your Netflix account is probably going to get a good workout during this time but we really recommend getting yourself a good book (or 10). It also means you won’t have to fight over the remote with your partner, roommate or kids if you don’t live alone.

If you’ve had a few on your list, this is a great time to check them off. We would suggest looking towards reading a series so you have a few you can churn through. It will also stop you from becoming a mindless zombie watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy for the seventh time but we’re not judging.

 Queenie: Exclusive Edition (Paperback)
Queenie: Exclusive Edition (Paperback)

Waterstones

The Mirror & the Light - The Wolf Hall Trilogy 3 (Hardback)
The Mirror & the Light - The Wolf Hall Trilogy 3 (Hardback)

Waterstones

Dressing gowns

The fact that you don’t need to leave the house means you can stay in your dressing gown for the whole day. You have our full permission.

If you don’t have one, well then, the time is nigh to get your hands on one. You will not regret it.

Black Kimono Piping Detail Dressing Gown
Black Kimono Piping Detail Dressing Gown

Missguided

Home gym equipment

As we said, we want to avoid being a couch zombie 24/7 during this time so get up and get moving! Exercising is not just good physically but emotionally too and we could all use some good endorphins.

Get yourself a gym mat and look up some at-home online fitness routines. There’s a wide range online and a vast majority offer free trials so you can give them a red hot go before you commit.

Gaiam On-The-Go Yoga Mat Carrier
Gaiam On-The-Go Yoga Mat Carrier

John Lewis & Partners

Jigsaw puzzles

We have literally always wanted to do one of these incredibly large puzzles but never had the time. Well, party people, we’ve got the time now.

It’s a fun activity that will get your brain juices flowing and give you a cute li’l achievement by the end of it. It’s also something you can do with anyone you’re self-isolating with.

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Harry Potter Hogwarts Edition
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Harry Potter Hogwarts Edition

IWOOT

Ravensburger Eiffel Tower Night Edition 3D Puzzle
Ravensburger Eiffel Tower Night Edition 3D Puzzle

Very.co.uk

Fun kitchen accessories

Self-isolation presents a great opportunity to expand your cooking and baking skills. We know for ourselves that we’ve been recycling the same four recipes over and over again so take the time to teach yourself something new.

Whether you want to make cupcakes with the kids (or for yourself, that works too) or learn how to make pies, it’s a super fun and also efficient way to spend your time.

Plus, if you make anything in bulk you can freeze it for dinners or lunches later in the week to save time for any other activities you plan on.

Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine, Copper
Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine, Copper

John Lewis & Partners

KENWOOD MultiPro Compact FDM300SS Food Processor - Black & Silver
KENWOOD MultiPro Compact FDM300SS Food Processor - Black & Silver

Currys PC World

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