The Household Pulse Survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Census Bureau shows that 30% to 40% of adults suffer from anxiety or depression during the pandemic. These emotional states elevate stress levels.
People under stress can be afraid, angry, frustrated, detached, or numb. They can have difficulty concentrating. There can be changes in their appetite and sleep patterns. They can experience physical problems, including lack of energy, headaches, body pains, stomach issues, and skin reactions. If they have existing chronic health problems, stress will worsen these. Stress also causes a downward spiral of worsening anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. All these are detrimental to their well-being.
It is essential to find ways to manage the stress brought about by the pandemic. Taking good care of yourself is essential in this crisis.
Celebrate Your Beauty
This is the time to celebrate yourself and your unique beauty. Facing a life-threatening situation like this pandemic highlights the urgency of recognizing your value as an individual. Having a beauty regimen means caring for what you have and taking pride in it.
It does not matter if you are staying home most of the time and going out only for groceries. It does not matter if you are wearing a mask outside the house that covers half of your face anyway. It only matters that you feel beautiful because you know you are working on it.
Make sure that the products you are using do not have ingredients that are harmful to your health. Choose all-natural products. You will also feel better if you use products that are not tested on animals. You can find organic and ethically produced products online.
Your beauty regimen starts with proper skincare. If you have good skin, you will need less makeup.
Make sure that your skin is properly cleansed and moisturized. Use products that match your skin type. Your skin can sometimes change from dry to oily depending on the climate. Be aware of the changes. If you have skin problems like acne or sensitive skin, use products that address this.
Do not neglect your teeth. Dental hygiene is part of your beauty regimen. Brush and floss regularly to avoid plaque. If you have discolored teeth, you can use teeth whitening toothpaste or gel. This will enhance your smile.
You can play with makeup such as foundation, blush, eye shadow, and lipstick even at home. Try different looks and take selfies. You will also feel more confident about your closeups during online meetings or chats.
Celebrate Your Body
Celebrating yourself also means celebrating your body, no matter what your body type is. Having a fitness regimen means working toward a fitness goal that fits your individual needs.
Avoid the sedentary lifestyle that people tend to slide into during the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises adults to have a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. You will gain extra health benefits from at least two days a week of strengthening exercises involving all major muscle groups.
If allowed in your locality, it is best to do aerobic exercises in the fresh air. You can walk, jog, or go cycling. Make sure that you observe physical distancing if there are other people around. Avoid crowded places.
If you must stay indoors, do not stop exercising. There are various types of aerobic exercises that you can do at home. You can do strength training using only your body weight.
Do not forget to stretch before and after each exercise session. This prepares your muscles for the workout and then allows them to cool down.
You will find that regular exercise makes you sleep better at night. This is another healthful benefit.
When you are celebrating your body, you must nourish and hydrate it properly. Make sure your meals include a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits. Choose a healthy protein. Do not sabotage your body with junk food. Drink a lot of water and avoid excessive intake of alcohol.
Coping with the pandemic is challenging for everyone. You must not, however, make this an excuse to let yourself go.
Now, more than ever, it is critical to keep yourself fit and healthy to boost your body’s defenses against Covid-19. Keeping up with your beauty regimen is also helpful because seeing yourself looking great will make you happy. Increasing the levels of the happy hormone, serotonin, is beneficial to your health.
Who says that having a beautiful face and body is no longer relevant in the time of Covid-19? You can up your game now and even improve your beauty and fitness routines from pre-pandemic levels. With everything else that you are handling in this crisis, you deserve to pamper yourself.