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Published on february 26, 2021

Re-Energizing At Home: Our Ambassadors Dish On Their Self-Care Routines

written by Team thredUP

Self-care is beyond important and we all dabble in different ways whether it be stepping in a nice warm bubble bath, putting on a fresh outfit, or even cleaning out your closet. But how do we go about it when we’re spending time at home now more than ever? 

The lines between self-care and productivity too often and too easily blur the longer we remain among the same four walls. When those things that once fueled us aren’t hitting quite the same anymore, it’s time to go back to the self-care drawing board! With the help of our trusted ambassadors Lydia, Anna, and Kendall we are revisiting what it means to do self-care during a pandemic and learning how to take it UP a notch so we can put our best selves out into the world. Read on and take notes on ways you can put more energy toward your own self-care. 

Lydia 

Meet Lydia! A model, creator and a college student who creates eye-catching style inspo on instagram, encourages everyone to get out of their comfort zone and to just be true to themselves.

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@officiallydiabowyer

What does self-care mean to you?

Self-care means focusing and taking care of my body. It’s just me, myself, and I so I might as well take care of my body, mind, and spirit by giving myself the right necessities for me to thrive and flourish!

How has your routine changed since the pandemic?

My self-care has changed drastically since the start of the pandemic! Exercise is a huge part of my life and having a consistent schedule and trying to work out alone without my friends has been difficult at times.

How do you take care of your mind, body & spirit these days? 

I take care of my mind, body and spirit by being kinder to my body and saying positive affirmations to myself, whether it’s in front of a mirror or in the car on my way to work! Whenever I get a spark of energy or happiness, I don’t just sit with it and hold it in, but rather use that happiness and do whatever I am feeling or thinking in that moment! 

What are your top 3 favorite self-care practices?

My favorite self-care practices would first be doing face masks while shaving! I feel cleaner and that I have a fresh new start to the day. The second would be doing some sort of exercise early in the morning before I start my day so I can feel even stronger than I was when I woke up. The third practice would be doing something that I love like listening to music on my earphones and dancing around my room for hours! 

Anna

Say hey to Anna, an advocate for greater transparency in the apparel and textile industry. For the past decade, Anna has promoted a more sustainable and ethical wardrobe through her popular style blog, Mrs. American Made! Her mission is to create awareness for shopping locally and ethically.

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@mrsamericanmade

What does self-care mean to you?

Self-care means not forgetting about yourself, even if you take care of others every day. It means being good to yourself so that you can have more to offer the world. Every day we are alive is a special day and a cause for celebration.

How has your routine changed since the pandemic?

Being at home this last year also coincided with the completion of my Master’s degree in December 2019, so I really had time to take care of my mind, body, and spirit. I was pretty exhausted from giving school, alongside my family, my all. So I sat down early 2020 with plans and lists on how I wanted to spend my time: I wanted to relax, create, and travel. The travel has not happened yet, but the rest has. 

What are your top 3 favorite self-care practices?

Daily exercise of 30-60 minutes walking on the treadmill (it’s a bit meditative for me), warm baths (I love to soak in bubbles!), and being creative in some way (lately I have been sewingI went from making masks to making clothing for myself).

What have you been wanting to include in your routine?

For some reason, I have always wanted to be one of those people who does yoga. I imagine it brings serenity and strength together, but somehow I cannot get into it. Maybe someday.

 

Kendall 

Say hello to Kendall, a freelance stylist, writer, and content creator who focuses on plus size fashion, sustainability, and body positivity. She loves old Hollywood movies, a good plate of pasta, and watching funny TikTok’s for hours on end. Follow her to learn about the power of wearing color!

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@becomingkendall

What does self-care mean to you?

To me, self-care means taking care of myself, my needs, and my well-being. Whether it be my physical, mental, or spiritual well-being. And sometimes my self-care isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s doing stuff that needs to be done, checking stuff off my to-do list, and NOT procrastinating. Sometimes it’s leaving your phone in the other room, setting limits on social media usage, or unfollowing accounts that make you question your self worth. Sometimes it means getting dressed, putting on makeup, and wearing a cute outfit even though I have nowhere to go. And sometimes it’s taking a nap, going to bed early, or sleeping in late because I’m just tired. Take care of yourself first and foremost. Especially now.

How has your routine changed since the pandemic? 

I definitely think the meaning of “self-care” has changed for me over the past year. It used to have a more superficial meaning, like just putting on a face mask or taking a bubble bath. Not that those things aren’t valid forms of self care, but I’ve started taking more of a mental health approach to my self care. Being cooped up in my house with my family for the most part of a year has definitely worn me thin. My mind, body, and spirit have been my main focus. Things like setting up boundaries, creating a safe space to be alone, and opening up a line of communication when something is bothering me are forms of self care in our house.

What are your top 3 favorite self-care practices?

Right now I am loving taking online workout classes. I’ve been attending a body-positive barre class for about eight months now, and it has become part of my self-care routine. It’s something that I do for myself, to feel good about myself and my body, and to watch myself learn and grow strong. I recently added a pilates to my schedule too. Other ways I take care of myself are cooking new recipes and trying new food. And the obvious answer is skincare. I know it sounds cliche but take time out of your day to give your skin some much-needed moisture and attention. 

What have you been wanting to include in your routine?

I’ve always wanted to be the kind of person that journals or meditates every day. To be fair I have tried them, but I haven’t stayed consistent enough to add them to my routine.

How do you practice self-care? Share with us in the comments below.

 


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