Are you looking for tips to help get you through the current pandemic? I’m always trying new products, new techniques/tools, new classes, etc. I thought I’d share some of my tips while sheltering at home to help you get through this unchartered time in our lives. There are things we can do both physically and mentally that will help enhance our minds, our bodies and our appearance.
Try to take time for yourself every single day. I think keeping a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to get through the pandemic time. Simply keep a notebook with 3 daily gratitudes every day. You can do this in the mornings when you wake up, before bed, or anytime in between when you can steal a few minutes of alone time. We may feel like we’re stuck at home, but when we open our minds and our hearts we realize that there really is so much to my grateful for.
To wear makeup or not while sheltering in place is a personal decision. Some of us like to wear a full face while others don’t bother. The choice is yours and you should be doing what makes YOU the happiest. I’ve been putting on makeup less than half the days lately. I just feel better when I pass a mirror and see my face with makeup on. However, I also enjoy giving my skin a break and load up on skincare products alone some days.
Speaking of skincare, now’s the time to do some of the masks and home peels while you’re giving yourself makeup breaks. I’ve been doing some glycolic peels to get glowing skin. I’ve also done some home peels with ingredients that are in my kitchen. I have a link to that one here. There are many others that you can find with a Google search.
We obviously can’t get to the salon to get out hair colored these days. You’re probably not seeing more than your family anyway, so just go with it. However, if coloring your hair is really important to you, you can order salon quality products online or grab some boxed color at one of the big box or drug stores. I’m a fan of coloring my hair at home and do it all the time.
If you get regular manicures and pedicures at the salon, don’t despair. I suggest trimming and filing your nails to a short length. I feel that nails are easier to deal with this way. You can remove acrylic tips by carefully soaking with acetone. They also sell products online for easily removing gel polish and more. I personally have two left hands when it comes to doing my own manicures. Therefore, I like to stick to glittery polish or sheer pink polish. They look good and are more forgiving. In addition, I just ordered a starter set for dipping powder nails. I’ll let you know how that goes when it arrives.
When it comes to your brows I suggest using your tweezers sparingly. If you’re not used to doing your own brows you might go overboard when plucking and that’s not a good thing. I did a post with some expert advice that you may want to read.
Exercise is so important right now. Get moving for your body and for your mind. Whether you choose to go out for a run or a walk in nature or do some yoga at home, your sanity will thank you. Sitting inside all day may increase the anxiety that you may be feeling, so taking time for your mental health is the least you can do for yourself. Be sure to follow the six foot rule when you’re out in public walking environments.
Take this time to do some distance learning. There are SO many classes being offered online (both free and paid). My son was telling me that he’s taking a few very interesting courses from Ivy League colleges that are being offered for FREE right now. I personally have a Masterclass subscription and they have some wonderful offerings from makeup courses to photography to interior design, writing and hundreds more.
Try your best to stay positive. Reach out to your loved ones through Face Time, Skype, phone calls, snail mail or email. If you have elderly family members, be sure to check on them often as it may be the only contact that they have right now. Donate to your local charities that are in need, especially those that provide food. With so many people out of work and low on funds, food may be hard for them to obtain. If you or someone that you know struggles with anxiety or other mental health issues, be sure that you have the support that you need right now.
Try your best to keep a daily schedule. I feel like it’s best to still set the alarm every morning. Get up and get your day started the same way that you used to. Eat, exercise, work (as best you can) and sleep during the same hours that you’re used to. I think this makes each day more fulfilling and purposeful.
I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy and safe during this very trying and sad time. Let me know what else you might be doing to stay on track and sane while sheltering in place.