I Let Myself Go During The Pandemic

I have a confession to make. I took a look in the mirror the other day and could barely recognize the person staring back at me. I guess I’d been in the house so long (only going out for necessities) that I failed to realize the changes in my health, mood, and appearance. I was so busy worrying about my kids, family, home, and career that tending to my needs fell further down the list of priorities. Things have gotten so bad that people are starting to ask me if I’m okay.

Yes, things are insane right now, but that’s no excuse to stop caring about myself. I realized it was time for me to get off the couch, put down the comfort foods, stop feeling sorry for myself, and make some real change. Here’s a look at what I did to bounce back.

Health And Wellness Routines

Working on your mental and physical wellness while improving your appearance starts by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Ultimately, routines help to develop patterns that turn into habits. If you can stick to these routines for 30-90 days, you’ll start to see a difference in how you look and feel. Though everyone’s needs and schedules are different, here’s a look at what worked for me.

    • Join a Gym – If you want to get in shape, release toxins, or boost your mood, exercise is a practical solution. Although you have several options for working out, joining a gym is very popular. A fitness gym has state-of-the-art equipment, classes, personal trainers, and other services to help you reach your health and fitness goals. You can acquire a membership for just a few bucks a month. They even have babysitting services so moms can work out without worrying about childcare.
    • Schedule Meal Times – Whether you’re skipping meals or overeating, developing a schedule and meal plan can help change your relationship with food. Though everyone’s dietary needs are different, eating at least three meals a day is ideal. Look for quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Use Tupperware and portion control containers to prep and store meals for easy access.
    • Grooming, Skincare, and Beauty Routines – When you’re sitting in the house all day, you tend to overlook things like grooming, skincare, and beauty routines. When you’re not going anywhere, you ignore your appearance. You can change how you look and feel by tending to these needs throughout the day. Set a time in the morning to shower, moisturize, do your hair, apply some makeup, and get dressed. In the evening, pamper yourself a bit with a nice bath, massage, and skincare routine before turning in for the night.

 Style And Fashion Makeover

When your clothes are too tight, falling off you, or collecting dust in your closet, it’s time for a makeover. You’ll be surprised how a new wardrobe and look can make you feel better inside and out. Start by getting rid of anything in your closet that doesn’t fit. Then, shop online sales, yard sales, flea markets, and secondhand shops for staple items. If you have money leftover in the budget, spring for some trendy seasonal fashions and accessories to mix and match your styles.

A makeover isn’t complete without a new hairstyle. It’s time to trade in that dry, dull hair for something more practical and trendy. Whether you opt for luscious curls, an asymmetrical bob, a short pixie cut, or a color change, it does wonders for your confidence and appearance. If you lead a hectic lifestyle, it’s best to select a hairstyle that’s easy to manage between appointments.

Current times have caused so many changes in life. As a mom, trying to adjust while supporting your family is easier said than done. Although you want to focus on everyone else, you can’t overlook the importance of taking care of yourself. Try incorporating ideas such as those above into your daily routine to see the big difference it makes in how you look and feel.

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