The easing of lockdown brings us closer to life as we knew it before the pandemic. However, most of us are unsure as to how to go back to our old lives.
Let’s face it — we would have loved it if we were coming out of lockdown with new skills, playing instruments, and speaking exotic languages. The reality is quite different for most of us as the past year was harsh on our bodies, minds, and souls.
But don’t worry — it’s still not too late to pick yourself up, put on some Diana Ross, and sing “I’m Coming Out” with glee!
Now’s the time to go through your closet and reexamine your clothes. You probably haven’t worn your nice outfits in a while, and now you have a chance to take a look at everything with fresh eyes. Is there anything in there you have never worn? Get your pretty self in front of that mirror and explore various combinations to your heart’s delight.
What better way to mark a fresh start than by reinventing your style! Clothes truly don’t make the man, but they can make you feel like a rockstar. Consequently, your confidence will shine, and as Lizzo put it, if you’re shining, everybody’s gonna shine!
As restrictions are getting eased, you may treat yourself to a nice shopping trip. It can brighten your mood and help you come out of your shell.
We’ve all seen various lockdown haircut disasters, from undercuts gone wrong to people attempting to cut their own fringe. Maybe you took a pair of scissors to your precious hair as well. On the other hand, maybe you haven’t had a haircut in such a long time that you fear your own reflection.
There’s no more convenient and faster way to freshen up your look than by getting a decent haircut. So head to the hairdresser’s (pun intended), and treat yourself to a new do!
One in five adults experienced some form of depression by June 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics. This comes as no surprise given the circumstances. By now, most people have suffered some pandemic-related mental health issues, which is why it’s important to be gentle with yourself.
You’re likely afraid of getting yourself out there again, and re-emerging from isolation can be extremely stressful as everyday things will probably feel alien to you. That’s why you need to find your own little ways to deal with stress that do not involve unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as drinking alcohol and overeating.
Practice mindfulness on the daily and acknowledge your worries. You could even start doing some yoga or meditation, which might help you get centered again.
Open up to your friends and family and help each other with your concerns. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, you could also talk to a therapist. A professional can steer you in the right direction and help you adjust to the new normal.
Comfort food was our best friend in lockdown, and now it’s time to say goodbye to it. Turning to healthier food will not only help you get those pounds off, but it will also energize you. Trust us — you’ll probably need a lot more energy to deal with the outside world now.
If you want to come out of lockdown looking and feeling your best, it’s time to stop watching those fitness videos from your bed and try them out. There’s no need to beat yourself up for not starting out earlier — now’s as good a time as any!
YouTube is loaded with free fitness routines, and you can mix and match them as you like. The internationally renowned Yoga with Adriane is always a good place to start as Adriane has something for all levels and offers gentle guidance.
Another YouTube fitness instructor you can try is Emi Wong. Her videos are a great way to get acquainted with the world of pilates and HIIT with an unpretentious instructor who can whip you into shape in no time.
By now, we’re all so used to monotony and uniformity that all the activities that await us at the end of lockdown might easily overwhelm you. If you attempt to make up for all the lost time at once, you’ll probably collapse. So first of all, take it easy. Go back to normal one step at a time. If you’ve had a frantic life before, maybe consider how far back you want to go at all.
You can also plan ahead. Think about the week ahead of you, and how much activity you want to have in it. If you start feeling fatigued, take a step back and rest. You’ll have plenty of time to do everything you want now that the worst is over.
By Rebecca Brown
I’m Rebecca, a translator, avid traveler, and bookworm. My job has given me the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world, and writing on Rough Draft gives me a chance to try to showcase some of them.