Self-care comes in many forms
How is everyone holding up these days? Are you loading up on healthy foods or turning to comfort foods to feel, well, comforted? Are you exercising outdoors frequently or perhaps taking long baths and reading a good book? There’s no wrong or right way to spend your days when you’re home during a pandemic. What is good to consider, however, is taking time to practice some self-care. That may be different for everyone, like the examples above show. Me, I’ve been cooking a lot, making sure to take my vitamins daily, getting outside for a little while – even if just to walk around the block, and doing relaxing things like enjoying a glass of wine while watching a good movie.
There are many companies out there dedicated to keeping people healthy, well nourished, and entertained during this time. We have a page full of businesses that are still shipping during this time, and I encourage you to check it out. You can find it here.
Here are a few companies that have been helping me and my family practice self-care these days.
This cosmetics company is doing something great right now! They are using their cosmetics lab to make hand sanitizer – a product they don’t normally use and so ingredients are more expensive for them – specifically during the COVID-19 crisis. The company is selling the hand sanitizer at cost and is offering free shipping on any size order.
Aside from hand sanitizer, this company’s usual products – cosmetics like night serum, skin-brightening face cream, mascara, and vibrantly colored makeup – is also a fun way to practice some self-care during this crisis. Pampering your skin and even wearing makeup to add a bit of normalcy to your otherwise abnormal day is a great way to feel whole!
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I don’t think I need to tell you how helpful vitamins and supplements can be for your body at any time, but especially now during this crisis. LivOn Labs is a company that sells liposomal supplements – supplements that bypass the traditional routes of absorption, which are great for people with celiac disease who might have nutrient absorption issues. Available in vitamin C, B complex, magnesium, and more, these supplements come in individual packets that you squeeze into a small amount of water or juice and take it like a shot!
Their magnesium supplement is particularly good for people with celiac, who might already have a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium L-Threonate is the only type of magnesium that has been scientifically shown to significantly raise magnesium levels in the brain. This helps with cognitive ability, memory, attention, nervous system function, and may facilitate learning and a relaxed mood. If you’re trying to take this time to learn a new skill or read more, perhaps LivOn Labs’ Magnesium L-Threonate can be your self-care supplement of choice!
CBD, albeit controversial for some, has been shown to have many promising benefits. Although technically CBD companies can’t make bold claims, there are studies that show CBD can help in a variety of ways and there is anecdotal evidence that it helps people in different aspects of their wellbeing (including my son, who said it seemed to help him with overall inflammation). CBD works differently for everyone – there’s no set guideline on how much to take; some people need just a little and if they take too much it doesn’t give them the benefits they seek. This is because we all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies, and it’s all about keeping that system in a state of homeostasis (balance) to ensure our bodies are functioning optimally. You can support the ECS naturally with healthy foods, healthy lifestyle habits like exercise and meditation, and of course, supplementing with CBD.
According to Dr. Aimee Shunney, naturopathic physician and medical advisor to PlusCBD Oil, “Adequate levels of endocannabinoids, the cannabis-like compounds that we make ourselves, limit the amount of stress hormones like cortisol that we make in response to stress and promote faster recovery. We call this stress resilience, and people who have it report less anxiety, better sleep, and better response to the stress in their lives.”
If you’re stressed out right now, like many of us are, perhaps CBD oil may be something that can help align your ECS and get your stress levels down. PlusCBD is hemp-derived, meaning it contains less that 0.3% THC, is non-intoxicating, and is legal across the United States. It is grown using organic farming methods and is extracted using a chemical-free process.
Alright, enough about supplements, let’s talk snacks! Snacks are 100% self-care products – this is fact, do not debate me on that! All joking aside, the bars and bites from Kate’s Real Food made this list for many reasons. First, the products are high-quality. They’re organic, non-GMO, and made with organic honey and no gluten or soy. The bars are wholesome and filling enough to take with you on some outdoor exercise – a hike in an isolated forest or a bike ride along a trail (something socially distanced, of course!). And the bites are great for wholesome snacking – no need to mindlessly munch on cookies or candy while binge-watching Netflix when you can snack on these instead.
Whether fueling your adventure or fueling your ability to stay up and watch shows that make you happy, Kate’s Real Food can be part of your arsenal of self-care products.
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