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It may be difficult to remember today’s date. Or, the day of the week for that matter. But, believe it or not, summer is in sight and so is the next phase of this unusual year. After months in self-quarantine, state and local governments across the U.S. are easing restrictions on public life. While we may feel a little unsure about how to readjust to our work and social lives, taking simple steps to care for your physical and mental well-being can help you feel prepared for this new season.

Refresh Your Look In 3 Steps

young women getting a manicure at Omni Homestead

We’ve been anticipating the day when we can finally get some beauty therapy and schedule appointments for a little pampering. While seemingly trivial, maintaining our health and beauty with satisfying services like haircuts, manicures, pedicures and skin treatments can have a big impact on how we feel. One of the easiest ways to start feeling like yourself again is scheduling these self-maintenance appointments, which may be long overdue.

Step 1: Tame Your Mane

While quarantine may have brought some good changes to your hair routine, like reducing the use of styling products and heat, it is probably time to address those overgrown haircuts and outgrown highlights. Before you head back to the office, schedule an appointment with your regular hairstylist.

Coming out of shelter-in-place may feel like a fresh start, so take advantage of a new beginning with an updated look. A trendy new haircut can boost your mood, freshen your look and get you ready for summer. While you’re at it, make up for the lost time and spoil yourself with service enhancements. Especially in times of elevated stress, hair can appear dull and thin. Add on a deep conditioning treatment to give dry, damaged hair some much-needed moisture and create shinier, healthier and softer hair that’s easier to manage as you get back to the grind.

Step 2: Polish Your Nails

Getting a fresh manicure and pedicure is always enjoyable, but your first post-quarantine nail appointment is guaranteed to be even more relaxing. In addition to offering some much-needed pampering, nail salon services offer numerous benefits like increased blood circulation, improved skin appearance and reduction of dry skin, which may have been worsened with frequent handwashing and harsh hand sanitizers. Plus, your feet will be ready for sandal season!

Step 3: Stimulate Your Skin

If your skin is feeling a little parched or dull after several weeks at home, facial and body treatments like steaming, exfoliation, pore cleansing and moisturizing masks can rejuvenate skin. While a professional esthetician can provide advice on the best way to care for your skin, many treatments can be replicated at home. Try recreating some of your favorite spa services with an at-home spa day using expert tips from Hubert Bazan, Mokara Spa Director at Omni Houston Hotel.

Enhance Your Health

young women eating a salad

If you haven’t already been taking steps to boost your immune system, your nutrition is a good place to start. Ensuring you have a vitamin-rich diet allows your body to defend against pathogens. Amp up your immunity with Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc from orange juice, leafy greens or supplements.

Equally as important as your nutrition is allowing your body to rest. Getting an adequate amount of sleep boosts your immune system, brain function and mood. Waking up at 6 a.m. may be a little more challenging after several weeks away from the office. Get your sleep schedule back on track with a routine that you can maintain when you head back to work and school. Try going to bed an hour earlier to make getting up early a little easier, while ensuring you’re getting six to eight hours of sleep you need. Using a light-based wake-up alarm clock, like the one mentioned in 20 Things You Should Have in 2020, wakes you up naturally to ensure a pleasant and energetic morning. Finally, keep up your at-home workout routines to get rid of excess energy and make sure you’re tired by bedtime.

If you’ve missed your routine appointments, like the dentist, eye doctor or even a physical, consider rescheduling as soon as possible. In-person visits are important for your overall well-being and will give you peace of mind, knowing that your health is in check.

Change Your Surroundings

Couple Checking into Omni Hilton Head Resort

It may feel strange to take time off in this new landscape, but after spending months at home, a change of scenery may be the perfect kick-start to a new normal. It is natural to want to pack your bags and hit the road with summer just weeks away, but you’ll want to be sure to keep new rules and regulations in mind. Travelers planning this year must weigh safety, finances, government restrictions and more while planning a getaway, but there are still great options for all types of travelers.

When you’re ready to plan your summer retreat, Omni offers more than 60 unique hotels and resorts across the U.S., Canada and Mexico waiting to safely welcome you with new cleanliness procedures and protocols, and the same amazing service. Escape to a beach getaway or hillside retreat, with plenty of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed safely like golf, hiking, biking and stand-up paddleboarding.

While there are many unknowns and some permanent changes to our lives, we’re confident that we’ll be back to feeling like ourselves again very soon. We hope this list helps you to readjust quickly so you can enjoy the summer season.