Somewhere along the way, the concept of self-care became synonymous with expensive wellness products. But ultimately, self-care is any activity that we do purposefully to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. So while that may very well be taking the time to do a sheet mask for one person, it’s not to say that self-care has to be so conventional.

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With the excuse of being starved of free time no longer the issue for many people (no commute, canceled plans/trips, etc.) there is suddenly an abundance of hours to devote to the things we always told ourselves we would get around to.

Though you probably haven’t quite finished that novel draft or home improvement project you vowed you would by now, perhaps you do have some extra minutes of the day to indulge in therapeutic self-care practices.

Flummoxed about where to start? These are the reigning restorative hobbies that appear to be bringing people joy and serenity right now.

Gentle Workouts

Whether you were a fitness enthusiast or a workout novice before the pandemic, the ability to exercise at-home has never been so within our reach. Virtually every modality, from Pilates to spin, can now be slotted into your daily routine from the comfort of your home. Beyond the physical benefits, breaking a sweat helps boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage you to make better lifestyle choices. Sign us up!

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Cooking

Forget just eating comfort food; people are finding comfort in the simple ritual of cooking their own meals. As so many people are no longer confined to the necessity of absentmindedly eating a desk lunch or grabbing a late takeout on the way home, the process of slow-cooking or time-laborious meals has become a creative outlet. Banana bread, sourdough, handmade pasta, even Dalgona coffee: pick your viral project and join the masses.

Reading

Virtual book clubs are reportedly booming, proving that more people are turning to the analog format for relaxation. If you’re the kind of person who needs structure as a motivation to read, why not enlist a few pals to start a new club? The Bookclubz app can help you easily get one off the ground.

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Dancing

Virtual clubs, festivals, DJ sets, and dance parties have been having a moment for the last few months. In fact, the most well-known weekly Friday night Instagram Live party hosted by DJ D-Nice has been known to welcome Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Diddy, Mary J Blige, and more on the stream (tuning in from their own homes, of course.) Grab your headphones, dancing shoes, and join the celeb-studded guest list while kicking off some steam.

Acupressure

If you’re feeling the effects of stress or trauma right now, a one-on-one acupressure appointment — a non-invasive form of acupuncture — might be the release you're craving. Many leading holistic businesses are keeping their staff employed by offering acupressure sessions via video calls. The practice involves pressing/stimulating certain trigger points in a bid to calm and restore balance and flow to your body’s energy systems.


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Baths

Granted, a soak in a bubbly tub has always been a poster image for ‘self-care’, but these days it might actually be the only way to escape your family, roommates, or significant other for a moment’s peace. Now, if only we had a "Do Not Disturb" sign for the bathroom door.