This time last year, if anyone told you where we would be, would you believe them? In this case, ignorance is bliss.
The world is in the midst of a pandemic. We are all in lockdown and living in a Gwyneth Paltrow movie. Who would have thought things like social distancing, quarantine, and flattening the curve would become a part of our daily vocabulary.
How are you holding up? We hope you and your loved ones are safe. If anyone fancies a chat, please do get in touch via our social media channels.
In our experience, some days are better than others. But it is only to be expected we’ll all be prone to a wobble. Down below we are sharing a few things we found helpful.
The current era is crap enough without having to feel guilt that we aren't learning Greek and painting watercolours of daffodils. If you brushed your teeth today and got showered and ate something and spent ten minutes not looking at the news then well done it's an achievement.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) March 27, 2020
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A reminder for those who need it (which is most of you, based on your responses to my question "how are you doing?" in stories today). Take good care, sweet friends. With you all from afar and witnessing the hope, inspiration, possibility and goodness sprinkled in amidst all of it. ✨
Study after study tells us that exercise benefits our mental health. It also benefits immunity. That said, the world never encountered a crisis like this before. Honestly, at the moment, daily dog walk and some gentle yoga are about the maximum we can do. Here is a list of resources with exercise videos to get you started (all free on YouTube). PE with Joe is another good option. Millions of people watch his daily 9am videos. Plus, he is donating the proceeds of his YouTube videos to the NHS.
To satiate your inner skincare nerd, there are tons of options. Caroline Hirons is doing an Instagram live every evening. She also posts these videos on her YouTube channel. Nadine Baggott is active on Instagram, too.
If you are looking for a podcast to take your mind off things, try Skincare With Friends. Nia and Natalie also have a Facebook group where you can connect with fellow skincare enthusiasts.
Last, but not least, there is always Reddit.
Most commonly used surfaces need to be disinfected daily. Cleaning gives us something to focus on and a sense of accomplishment once we are done. That said – pandemic or no pandemic, we draw the line at ironing.
It is very soothing to bake a cake. Whatever takes us away from the news for an hour or so, is a good thing in our book. Next on the agenda? Lemon bars.
Now let’s talk skincare in the time of the pandemic.
Is skincare an essential item? Many will argue no. But, we’d disagree. A regular skincare routine keeps our skin healthy. These are stressful times and everyone reacts to stress differently. Some might breakout. Others who suffer from different skin conditions might have flare-ups. The skin might get dry and dehydrated from being indoors most of the time. Higher levels of cortisol damage collagen. That, in turn, results in premature aging. One would argue in the grand scheme of things, none of these are important.
What is important is maintaining a sense of normalcy. Routines and self-care help with that. If your routines help you stay sane, how is that a bad thing?
How are you coping? What activities help you get through the day?