First of all let me tell you that it feels a bit wrong to be writing a beauty blog during everything going on during COVID-19. It feels like its unimportant and just kind of pointless.
However, with all this social distancing (or for some of us, living the way we were living before) I have found myself taking in more content that keeps my mind off of everything that is going on. For the sake of my mental health, I try to only consume reliable sources that give me the information to stay informed and safe. Otherwise I find myself in a rabbit hole of anxiety that is pretty tough to climb out of.
Please keep in mind, I am just sharing my experience and my personal feelings. If you are feeling anxious and/or depressed that is totally fine and please reach out to someone to talk.
Which brings me to my first point:
How Makeup Helps My Mental Health Right Now
It seems trivial to be putting on makeup everyday and climbing out of bed to participate in the world. Trust me, I know. However, keeping up with my regular routine really helps to bring me some normalcy. Where I work, they have only sent home about half of the people (about 300) and the other half, including myself and my husband, still work in the office. I wish I could explain the reasoning here but I am not in one of those positions where I get to make those decisions.
Keeping up with putting on makeup makes me focus on one thing and have a single train of thought. Even if that train is “I own too much blue eye shadow for how awful it looks on me” or “How do those people wear fake lashes every day?”
On the weekends when there is no work to go to and for me right now also no church, this means getting the motivation to even leave my bed is rough to say the least. Seriously, if it weren’t for my puppy needing to go outside I would lay there until I was dragged out by my hair.
Having a puppy that needs to run and play and snuggle and potty definitely helps get me out of bed, BUT getting up and getting ready for the day helps me stay up. Even if the only place I am going is the living room. I think this is in part because I don’t want to lay back down and run my makeup. The other part is that I really like routines. I am definitely not saying that you need to put on jeans to chill at home (what kind of monster does that) but something that will ring a bell to your normal routine is a huge help.
Working in an office
I have also been blessed with a job that is pretty safe and stable. People need financial institutions and loans no matter what is going on. My job has yet to move me home to work, although many others have been so I am still holding out hope, so going to the office everyday is a mix of emotions. On one hand I am almost paralyzed with anxiety. What if someone here gets sick? Did I do something wrong and that is why I still work on campus? Why are there so many people out? You know, the works. However, on the other hand the social interaction is probably good for me. The anxiety is a lot to handle and pretty rough to fight off sometimes but since I am still in the office, I don’t know that there is another option.
What About Physical Health
Since my main source of activity is browsing my local Ulta and TJ MAXX this is a little tougher since they have closed their doors for the time being (which for the record, I believe was a good decision.) Once again my pupper comes in handy with this one. If anyone here has had a puppy, you know the most effective way to tire them out is to take them on a long walk. Let me tell you, for only being 4.5 lbs he can walk and walk and walk but, it gets me out of the house.
The side of makeup that I feel like helps with my physical health is that I know my skin is worse when I stop working out and when I start eating worse. And, I have been to too many doctors and have been on too many medications to let that happen again. If nothing else, I have to keep up with this for the sheer spite of it. (Who said spite wasn’t a good motivator?)
And Lastly, Makeup
Like I had mentioned before, doing my makeup and skincare routine everyday have been huge helps to keeping my anxiety at a minimum. Not to say I don’t have panic attacks and struggle to sit still for 8 hours a day at work but on the weekends I feel like I feel more normal and more like myself.
Since I am a pro at this social distancing thing, it has also given me the opportunity to try new looks with hair and makeup that I normally wouldn’t wear outside the house. Sometimes these are great and I wondered why I didn’t think of it before, then sometimes I struggle to not wipe it off before I am even done.
So basically, what I am trying to say is staying safe and staying healthy is important. But, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Pick one or two news sources that you can trust and check them once a day for any important updates. Personally, my state has a twitter account run by the governors office specifically for these updates and it is the only source I read right now.
There is no right or wrong way to care for your mental health. Right now, I am trying to get into Yoga and its been great. Some people might be taking a step back from the go-go-go nature of their lives to relax. Others might be learning hobbies (like makeup) and filling their time. I know its weird to write a beauty blog right now but hey, if it helps someone out there stay sane, its worth it.