Of Vice and Virtue
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During these perilous times, it’s become all the more important to make your home a safe haven—not just in terms of sanitation, but also in the name of good old relaxation. A quarantine period means more time indoors, which means more time to spruce up your home with stuff you already have, just to encourage better vibes and minimize anxiety. We have a few ideas for you…
1. Bring out those scented candles and essential oils you’ve been saving for special occasions.
You know that ultra-special bubble bath from Bath and Body Works you only bring out on Valentine’s Day or before a hot date? That’s your everyday ritual now! With all that’s going on right now, you deserve to pamper yourself even for just a little bit. And it doesn’t have to be bubble bath—you could whip out those special dining sets you only use for holidays, or you can open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving. It’s a great pick-me-up if you’re feeling the first signs of cabin fever.
2. The bed is your sanctuary—be sure to change sheets and pillowcases more often.
Now that you’re in bed more (even during work hours—don’t lie to us!), your bedsheets and pillowcases will need to be changed more often than usual. Fresh sheets will make you feel like you’re at a hotel, and who doesn’t love sinking into their duvet when it‘s just been brought out of the dryer? *singsongy* We dooooo!
3. Clean a space you’ve been meaning to.
All right, you’ve been thinking of that pesky living room drawer since September 2018. It’s high time you went full Marie Kondo on the spaces in your house that you’ve been meaning to clean out, rearrange, or repurpose. When will you have this much free time again?
4. If you’re lucky enough to have a bathtub, Jacuzzi, or pool you barely use, now’s the time to get reacquainted.
Not all of us have the luxury of owning an artificial body of water at home, but if you’ve got it, quarantine is the best time to make the most out of it. Throw a mini-pool party with the family (homemade milkshakes and sliders included), or take three luxurious hours in the bathtub. Then close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Instant relaxation.
5. Give yourself the salon and spa treatment you deserve.
You don’t have to rush out to the pharmacy to grab the beauty essentials you need. Hair treatment? Just use a big dollop of hair conditioner and cover up with a shower cap for instantly shiny locks. Bring out those spare sheet masks, and while the essence sets, shave your legs just for the heck of it. If you’re running out of skincare, The Belo Shop delivers to you in seven days or less, even through this quarantine period, so you don’t have to worry about an incomplete nighttime routine!
This is a stressful time for everyone, but we have to remember that there’s no guilt or shame in wanting to get away from the news to retrieve a little bit of our sanity. These good habits allow us to recharge, so we can continue to do good for the world, be there for our families, and be a loving member of our communities. Now go—your clay mask is waiting.