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July 6, 2020

These Self-Care Mood Enhancers Will Help You Manage World Weariness And Uncertainty

During challenging times such as these, many of us reach for words of wisdom and solace. 2020 continues to present struggles and strife in ways most of us have never seen, especially as cases of COVID-19 spike.


William Wordsworth’s opening sentence in his poem of the same name springs to mind every time a news-related notification pops up on my screen: “The world is too much with us.”  


In simple terms, nearly all of us are struggling emotionally and physically, whether while telecommuting, home schooling our children, working long hours while wearing a mask, or just trying to function normally – whatever that is.


Sad and lonely woman sitting alone on a park bench.
If you’re world weary, you’re not alone, and there are several things you can do to carve out a little “me time” that will improve your skin and uplift your spirit (istock/kieferpix)


If you’re world weary, you’re not alone, and there are several things you can do to carve out a little “me time” that will improve your skin and uplift your spirit.


Break Out The Bubbles, Not The Bubbly


There are many reasons to sink into a bubble bath, but you don’t need a scientific study to confirm that soaking quietly in a soothing, scented tub of water does wonders for your body and brain. If left untreated, the physical tension in your body can lead to headaches, muscle aches, or worse. Close the bathroom door, pour yourself a glass of something delightful, fill the tub with your favorite body care product and relax blissfully alone for a while.


Sherrie Matthews a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist
Sherrie Matthews, a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, recommends that her patients take baths after undergoing treatment


Aromatherapy also has its benefits, especially when quality essential oils are in near proximity to the nose. Your bubble bath may not cure all that ails you, but a decisively-placed diffuser filled with citrus or a combination of rose and lavender  . Sherrie Matthews, a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, recommends that her patients take baths after undergoing treatment. “It’s a great way to release toxins. A warm bath is the final step to get rid of anything lingering on the surface.” She recommends making “a full ritual” of the process, including listening to the water as it fills the tub, lighting candles, and adding essential oils and Epson salts. 


Consider Pampering Instead Of Prozac


Many of the relaxation services we seek during ordinary times, like a lengthy massage, still aren’t available in some areas. Adopting or creating rituals that calm your mind and allow you to keep the worries of the world at bay can help you function more normally and even sleep better. Balancing your mind, body, and spirit is key. According to Matthews, “Setting a schedule will keep you focused, and committing to your routine will keep you from getting in a rut.” Regular morning meditation can help clear the clutter and taking daily walks when working from home will “release the happy endorphins, which are known to help with depression and even weight loss.”  Doing something you love, even via Zoom, like chatting with friends will restore the balance your body craves. “Just having something to look forward to,” Matthews says, “is good for the brain. It releases chemicals that will make you happy and helps combat the stay-at-home blues.”


Create a Skincare Ritual To Feel More In Control


If you’re feeling untethered without the normal routines and habits that help you feel grounded, you’re not alone. Developing a skincare ritual can be mentally and physically therapeutic. In fact, it may be the only time you give to yourself during the day. In addition to applying products that nurture, protect, and soothe your skin, consider adding facial massage to your routine. Matthews regularly uses jade rollers and gua sha tools. “There are specific acupressure points on the face that help people feel relaxed, so I show them where to massage to release tension and manage stress.”


Close-up photo of woman relaxing in flower bath
A decisively-placed diffuser filled with citrus or a combination of rose and lavender oils may reduce depression and stress in bubble baths (istock/grinvalds)


While there may not be a singular approach for coping with the woes of the world, take heart in knowing that you’re not alone. Reach out to your family and friends for support or get in touch with your healthcare provider if you need to speak privately and freely. There’s no shame in seeking support, and, you have everything to gain by keeping yourself healthy and happy.



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Tracy Ann Teel is a full-time freelance writer and the owner of Finesse Writing and Editing LLC. She’s a tutorial writer for San Francisco Globe’s beauty platform,, covering everything from skin and hair care to makeup and nail art. She writes for skincare companies, dermatologists, and cosmetic surgeons, and proudly taught at her MFA alma mater, the University of California Irvine, as a member of their adjunct faculty in English. She’s been a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall, been recognized three consecutive years in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has written professionally for 30+ years. Her poetry chapbook Such Dust was published by Finishing Line Press, and her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Pearl, Kaleidoscope, and Lake Arrowhead Life.



Very true...self care is a practice that you have to apply religiously for the best results. People often get caught up in what they have to do, which makes it hard to allow yourself practice self care. I would say I love mint as an essential oil. Mint is great for opening up breathing passages.

Eucalyptus and sweet orange oil are staples on my desk, but I haven't tried mint yet. Thanks for the tip! I use them in my desk diffuser, and they do make a difference in my mood and concentration.

We are all feeling overwhelmed with current events. I can speak from personal experience that self-care is a great relief for pent up stress. One of my girlfriends and I have a Zoom Spa Night every other Saturday. We pop in a movie and put on our face masks and relax! Thank you for the great article!

That's a great idea, Samantha!

This is such an amazing and helpful article especially with what is going on in the world right now!!

Thank you, Kaitlin. Finding ways to ease what we're all feeling - even for just a few minutes - makes such a big difference. I love that Matthews recommended setting a daily schedule. It has really helped me and my family.

Nice article to read. :) I definitely agree that having a skin care routine has helped out.

This article was very soothing. A bubble bath is much needed. Sometimes stress tries to get the best of us, but that's where articles like this come in. I think I'm going to come up with a new hair and skincare routine just to switch things up. And I totally agree, care routines can be extremely relaxing and therapeutic.

I love that Sherrie Matthews recommends using gua sha tools and jade rollers. I have both, and using them in tandem with a good serum or moisturizer is hugely relaxing. Please post back if you adopt a new hair care routine! I've started using treatment masks overnight since COVID-19 hit, and my hair seems to love me more for it. :)

Awesome! It sounds like it a lot. I will definitely get back with you! I'm excited your masks have been beneficial to your hair care process!

I'm back!! I'm trying out a new oatmeal hair mask with olive oil to see how well it does on my hair. I'm super excited about it. Have you ever heard of this moisturizing method for hair?

Oh! That sounds super interesting. Be sure to share your results. I'm always up for a DIY hair mask.

Great! I posted the hair mask video on my Q&A tips page on my profile! :)

I love this! I have been struggling so much lately with anxiety and these tips are definitely ones I am going to try. I also have been doing aromatherapy for stress. You always need to take time for yourself, especially during times of uncertainty. Perfect article!

Thanks, Shannon! I'm big on aromatherapy, too, and have added a few new body products to my routine to help soothe my bod and brain.

I love these tips. The greatest advice I can give is to schedule time for self-care. Schedule that time with your loved ones, schedule that time away. It may seem silly, but life has way of getting away from us if we don't intentionally do what is good for us :)

Putting yourself on your own daily schedule is a great tip, Carrie. I often work late at night, but I always stop at 6:30 p.m. to start my skin care routine. It's been my ritual for at least five years, and sometimes it's the only time I get to myself ... and it's priceless! I know my neighbors appreciate it, too, because they often giggle and call out to me when they see me at my desk with a sheet mask on.

I love that!!

There are many of us struggling during this pandemic. We've been consumed by fear that we forget to take care of ourselves. Yes, we need to sanitize and be more cleanly, but most importantly we need to make sure we are all mentally healthy. There are many ways to reach friends and family (social media, zoom, or even a text). Becoming aligned with your mind, body, and soul will greatly benefit your daily routines. Bathing is a great way to release stress. Exercising is another great way to keep the body active. Setting time aside to meditate will help you... Read more