We all have our little pick-me-ups that get us through challenging times - a ritual or treat that gives us a little pep in our step.
During these unprecedented times, those little treats become even more important to our mental and emotional stability.
A motto that has gotten me through stormy times is this lovely line from Mary Anne Radmacher: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that whispers - I'll try again tomorrow". Isn't that just so beautiful and simple and true right now?
Whatever your self-care ritual is that soothes and gives you comfort - I say go for it! Do whatever gets your head up off the pillow in the morning.
If you're able to carve out some time in your day, why not do some at-home DIY pampering to give yourself a boost and bring some much needed Zen into your life? We may not be able to go to fancy spas and salons at the moment, but there's nothing stopping us from bringing a little of the spa vibe to our homes.
Taking a little breather, putting on some chill, beautiful music and learning some self-care techniques can take our minds off current events for a time, and help fill up the spiritual tank a little, to get ourselves into a calmer, more grounded place, so we can all "try again tomorrow".
Best foot forward
Are your feet in need of a little TLC at the moment? Soak them for 15 minutes in a foot bath. Use a pumice on rough skin on feet and heels. If you have very hard skin, think about investing in an electrical foot file - they work brilliantly without the elbow grease. After exfoliating, if you have callouses or very rough skin, use an acid-based foot cream, otherwise just your normal body moisturiser will work fine.
Champneys Professional Collection Revitalising Foot Soak, €7.87 from Boots nationwide.
Pamper yourself by using masks on your hair, hands and feet. While you let the masks penetrate deeply, give yourself a nourishing facial cleanse. Wet a towel with hot water, or microwave it for 30 seconds. Wrap your entire face with the hot towel to help open the pores. Leave it on for 3 minutes then wash and exfoliate your skin, before applying a moisturiser and finish with a face oil.
Patchology Perfect Ten Hand Mask ,€11.44 from cultbeauty.co.uk and spacenk.com.
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a bath, this bathing ritual brings your run-of-the-mill bubble bath to a whole new level. A Goddess Bath uses flowers, healing herbs, salts, warm water and oils together to help us really dive deep into relaxing mind, body and spirit. Just pick a quiet time at home and create a lovely spa experience by lighting candles or incense, sage stick or Palo Santo, gather your flowers, herbs, crystals, and bath oils.
Botanics Pure Essential Oil Lavender, €12.50 from Boots pharmacies nationwide.
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CUTICLES: You always need to start with your cuticles. The cuticle is a delicate area so do not cut the skin around the cuticle, this will only stimulate the growth and make them grow back faster and thicker. I recommend using a cuticle remover, which is gentle but does the hard work for you. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, €7, contains fruit enzymes which break down dead skin. Just apply to cuticle area and leave to work for 5 minutes, then rinse off in water. This tames the skin and makes it super easy to push the skin back gently.
BASE COAT: My top tip is to never skip the base coat! Your base coat can act as a double-sided tape which will grip to your nail. It also holds your polish in place, so you get chip-free nails that last just as long as a salon manicure. Before applying your base coat, a good trick is to wipe each nail with some cotton soaked in nail polish remover. This gets rid of any excess oil on the nail plate so that you get good adhesion from your base.
COLOUR: Now your nails are primed and ready for colour. I recommend doing this step at a table. Even professionals would struggle doing their nails in bed so give yourself space and a sturdy place to paint! Start with the hand you don't write with. This makes it easier to get a steady finish. Apply the first coat of polish ensuring it's nice and thin to start with. Try not to use too much product or your polish won't dry! Once you've done all 10 nails, you can start your second coat.
TIDY UP: If you've made any mistakes, don't worry, now is the time to tidy up. Using a lip brush or a paint brush, dip into nail-polish remover and use this to clean around the cuticles removing any mistakes. You can set this aside before you paint so you don't smudge your nails.
TOP COAT: A top coat will really extend your manicure, add high shine and give a salon finish.
FINISH: To finish, you can pop some cuticle oil on to the entire nail. This traps the oxygen and speeds up the drying time.