These are tough times. When I check in with friends, everyone seems to be experiencing the same potpourri of alternating emotions: despair, fear, dull, cranky, and more. But alongside those emotions, there are bright spots, moments of kindness, surprise, and delight. While there’s so much we can’t do anything about, there are things that can bring comfort. I’m offering a list of ideas for you to experiment with.
- More than ever, this could be the right time to get up every morning, put on a nice outfit, add jewelry, apply makeup, and wear a pair of shoes that aren’t sneakers.
- In your day-to-day, you have a routine of skin care and makeup application before leaving for work or errands. Why not pull out those samples that stores give you when you make purchases? Try that cleanser, apply that mask, see how you like a brand’s eye cream. This pampering could provide a healthy beauty break in your day.
- This is the perfect time to wear an accessory that was given to you by a friend or relative. Every time you notice it, you’ll think of him or her. Your fondness for that person can lift your spirits.
- With busy lives, it’s often hard to find time for exercise. With your routines upended, it could be easier to slip outside for a twenty-minute walk or take a yoga class online. Put your workout clothes on when you first get out of bed and don’t change until you’ve done your workout. You’ll feel refreshed.
- Hair – getting to the root problem can be tricky when your stylist isn’t available. There are root touch up sprays and coloring kits at your local drugstore. The kits have all you need to do the job – even an 800 helpline. DON’T do anything drastic! Instead, choose a shade close to your hair color and follow the instructions carefully. This should carry you through until your stylist can help you.
- Renovate your closet and rediscover you. Do some self-evaluation and get out of the time warp you may be in with your clothing, hair, or even your makeup. If you need help, I do very detailed, online color and style consultations. Also, there are some wonderful YouTube videos to inspire new ideas.
- Keep in mind, this period will pass. Weeks from now, you’ll likely remember some of the sweet moments you shared with friends, relatives, or even strangers. Maybe you’ll reflect on how well you took care of yourself as you navigated through uncertainty.
I hope these tips have provided you some ways to create memories and to be kind to yourself during such a difficult time. Take care, stay well, and know I’m here for you!