People across the globe have been under tremendous pressure the last two years due to the pandemic particularly because they felt stuck indoors. The coronavirus pandemic has swept the world, spread fear and confined people to their homes. Moreover, to keep everyone safe, all social events, bars and restaurants have been put on hold.
In these times, it’s understandable if you fell under the weather and do not look your best all the time. Loneliness, boredom, anxiety, depression and stress all kick in uninvited. However, despite not being able to do much at home to end the pandemic, you can still make effort, one step at a time, not to let yourself wallow at home. It can help you feel more confident, positive, and uplifted.
Here are ten tips to help you look your best and feel great in the current situation that will also help you get through the pandemic and have a brighter outlook on the future.
With our work-life balance entirely disturbed, our routines have changed accordingly. The standard nine-to-five workweek has practically disappeared so it’s easy to lose your focus and fall into bad habits. Do your best to establish some structure even if you don’t leave the house. Set up your work at home schedule, workouts, and personal matters to retain the structure and ensure you make the most of your time.
Even if there’s nobody to see you, it doesn’t mean you can’t look your best. Your clothing isn’t just for others, you should feel great as well. It has a direct impact on how confident they feel, so wear whatever makes you feel good. Even if it’s just a regular daily work conference call with your colleagues, do your hair, put on a nice blouse, a fashionable pair of glasses and some minimal makeup, and you will surely feel invigorated!
Being at home in lockdown doesn’t mean you should lose your shape. It’s definitely worth doing some exercise even if it’s just for the mental health benefits it brings. Half an hour of moderate-intensity exercise each day will relieve stress, make you feel happier and more confident. You can go for a short walk, run, or do some home fitness using many free online workouts. While at it, it’ll make you feel even more amazing if you put in the effort about your workout clothes, so find the most comfortable leggings you can and treat yourself to some nice workout wardrobe to boost your performance and mood.
How and what you eat will significantly impact the way you look and feel. A diet made up of junk food will lower your energy and make you feel lethargic. Change your diet and introduce plenty of fruit and vegetables to get all the nutrients you need. Drink plenty of water to keep your body functioning at its optimum, and it will make your skin look radiant and firm.
There’s a lot you can do yourself regarding your appearance even without expensive cosmetic treatments and makeovers. Your skin is very susceptible to the effects of lockdown due to lack of exercise, poor diet, and increased stress and anxiety. You can reduce these effects by practising a little self-care each night. Establish a daily skincare regime of moisturizing and exfoliating and make an effort to stick to it no matter what.
Spending time with your friends and family has an immensely positive impact on our mental health. In lockdown, you may not have the chance for face-to-face meetings, but talking to your loved ones will surely help you foster a sense of connection, belonging and self-worth as you share your troubles and get emotional support. Don’t keep your struggles inside. Seek consult of a trusted ally and you’ll discover what an instant mood booster it can be.
The benefits of nature for our mental health have been proven long ago – spending time outdoors can reduce stress and anxiety, and boost your confidence and self-esteem. Walking in the park strengthens muscles and boosts heart health, lowers blood pressure and is beneficial for your bones. Don’t get cooped up indoors all the time – leave the house and enjoy the fresh outdoors every day for at least 30 minutes.
Take it easy on yourself at this time. Everyone is struggling one way or another so don’t constantly force yourself to upkeep good habits. An occasional treat is perfectly fine and can be just what the doctor would prescribe. Do something that makes you feel good – make a spa day at home with candles, music and a bubble bath, curl up with a good book and warm tea, or spend an evening on your sofa eating snacks and binging your favourite shows.
Everybody could do with more self-care and kindness. You shouldn’t feel bad if you lack the motivation to exercise daily, be productive or cook healthy meals. It’s an honest struggle in general, not just during this pandemic. These are unpredictable times, don’t feel like you have to be always at your best. This too shall pass and life will go back to normal at some point, so in the meantime, just take the steps and do what makes you feel happy.