As we are all practicing social distancing, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the benefits of loving self-touch, or the act of purposefully and affectionately touching our own bodies. Our brains release oxytocin, dopamine, and seratonin when we hold hands, hug, and cuddle, all of which reduce stress and anxiety hormones– something which I imagine plenty of us are feeling right now! For those who are missing physical contact during this time of distancing, engaging in loving self-touch is especially important.

Partly inspired by rosewaterspritz’s post on “self worship during self isolation & quarantine,” and partly because I am extremely cautious about not touching my face these days, I’ve been loving my post-shower facial massage lately. Not only does it relieve tension and aid in lymphatic drainage, the time spent in daily self-care is important to me, particularly during this time of strain.

First and foremost, I want to highlight the CDC’s guidelines about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 (available here) and say that this should only be done after washing your hands. Also, if you are using a tool like a jade roller, wash this with soap and water every time you use it! With freshly-washed hands, wash your face using lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Adding a small amount of facial oil to your fingertips or roller, begin by moving from the bridge of the nose downward and outward towards cheekbones. Continue, moving from the center point of your brow towards your ears, and from chin to ears along your jawline. After massaging face, massage gently from your jawline downward along your neck to promote drainage.

In addition to staying hydrated and getting enough sleep, acts of self-love, both big and small, are keeping me centered and fortified during this time of anxiety. How are you showing yourself love? Share in the comments!

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