We understand that this lockdown is important to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe, but we really miss normal life! We miss the buzz of the salon, the cheery smiles and the light-hearted banter as we bring you a steaming hot coffee. We miss the enormous grins as clients skip out the door after being made to feel fabulous. We miss our friends, we miss our colleagues, we just miss LIFE. Spring is just around the corner and lets hope it brings with it the promise of fresh hope, sunshine and freedom.
Sometimes in these troubled times it’s easy to lose sight of the small pleasures in life so we thought we’d share with you some ideas of how to elevate your everyday. Finding joy in the little moments can provide a much-needed boost in times of uncertainty. And it’s got to be better than reading the news at the moment!
How to Find Joy in the Everyday…
Whether you’re pushing the vacuum around after the kids or stripping the bed sheets, why not inject a little joy at the same time? Do it wearing a hair/face mask and you’ll feel awesome afterwards. We recommend Olaplex for silky soft strong hair you’ll want to show off.
Stick on your favourite music, turn it right up and really let loose in your kitchen. No-one is watching so just go for it! You never know, a dance might be just what the doctor ordered and make you smile from ear-to-ear. We love dancing around in the salon staff room when no-one is watching… shhh don’t tell anyone.
3. Send Flowers
Sending flowers to someone else always makes you feel a warm glow inside, but don’t forget how awesome it is to receive them too. Send flowers to yourself and enjoy the display of colour and heady scent every time you walk past them. Pure joy.
The smell of fresh bread baking in the oven is thought to have mood-lifting properties. Whether you’re Mary Berry or not, baking a cake or some buns is a sure fire way to make you feel like you’ve achieved a little joy in your day. And you get to scoff them afterwards too…
5. Be You
If you feel like wearing a slick of red lipstick, your best dress and spending ages doing your hair ‘just’ to knock about the house in, DO IT. Nothing makes you feel better than getting all dolled up and feeling like the old you. Similarly, if you only feel comfortable in your slouchiest loungewear then you have more than an excuse to remain that way just as long as you please!
6. Be Kind to Yourself
Giving yourself a break and letting go of the things which cause you upset is harder than it sounds. Pick your battles and let go of all the little things which can wait. This especially extends to those of you with kids at home…everyone is feeling the strain right so give yourself a break and don’t beat yourself up – you are doing AMAZINGLY.
7. Find Time for You
Be sure to give yourself that much-needed ‘me’ time, even if it means just taking a quick walk around the block whilst dinner is cooking -there is much joy to be found in getting some headspace. If you can have a blissful long soak in the bath with no kids around then better still…absolute heaven.
8. Do a Blow Dry
After indulging in a hair mask, give yourself a really beautiful blow-dry and take your time doing it. Whether you prefer tousled, curled, sleek or straight, taking the time to really look after your hair will make you feel incredible (and your hair will thank you for it too).
9. Drink Water
Make sure you are drinking at least 2 litres of water every day. Why not inject some extra joy into your daily hydration with a slice or two of lemon or cucumber? If you are properly hydrated your hair and skin will look radiant and you’ll feel so much better for it.
Turn the lights off when you have your nightly bath/shower and light some candles instead. Close your eyes and make some positive affirmations about the day ahead, breathing deeply and setting your sights on happiness. This lockdown is only temporary and there is a glimmer of hope as Spring comes around. We can almost feel the warm glow of sun on our skin and feel the click of the lock as we throw open the doors to the salon again…. Please let’s hope it’s not too far away!!
11. Cuddle Your Fur Babies
Digby sure is missing you all, and we can’t think of a better way to feel joy than by cuddling your fur babies! Whether cat, dog, hamster or rabbit, stroking an animal is a sure-fire way to boost endorphins and feel the love.
12. Enjoy Nature
Getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature is a proven way to boost mood and make you feel great. Even if its raining, the feel of just being outside can invigorate you and make you feel whole again. Spend a few minutes in the garden each day as you drink your morning coffee, just breathing and listening to the sounds all around you- it can work wonders and energise you for the rest of the day.
We hope that these fun ideas of how to inject some small joys into your everyday lives are useful. They are just a bit of fun to remind you that we are thinking of you all, and can’t wait to open the doors to the salon once more! Please stay tuned on our social media channels to hear news of reopening, we’ll let you know just as soon as we hear more from the powers-that-be.
Until then, stay fabulous and let us know of any small daily joys you think we’ve missed!