Updated: Dec 19, 2020
I don't think I'm going to say anything groundbreaking here.
Most of us have been stuck in our homes wearing the same pair of sweats three days in a row - on repeat for around 8 months now. (Please tell me I'm not alone here!) Our give AF meters are broken, houses in constant disarray, our kids turning to raiding and pillaging, not to mention any fun travel plans have been dashed to hell.
If you're anything like me, your wardrobe options for quarantine are severely lacking. Who knew a year ago that our abundance of yoga pants would be vindicated in 2020 (yes, husband, I did need that many pairs)? But don't fret! There are ways to turn this thing around and make 2020 your B*TCH. Who's with me??
Here are my 5 tricks to make the most of 2020:
Diversify, diversify, diversify Have you wanted to try a romper but were too scared of looking like a 30-year-old baby? Still think Doc Martens are fly? Make those bold and questionable fashion choices NOW, when no one but your dog can judge you. In the comfort of your home, you have the space to be unique and maybe even a little crazy-looking. You'll quickly find out what trends you like and others you want to pass on. You will be able to branch out and discover different styles to rock - because there's always next year... Amirite?
Shift your focus Okay, so you're probably not a head-turner in your pandemic mask and slippers (sorry to break the news). What else have you wanted to put time and effort into other than social appearances that you now have time for? Does your face look like a handbag? Look into changing your skincare routine. Does that cello in the corner play itself? Trick question - no, it doesn't. Why don't you pick up the bow again and start learning? Do you still paint your face like 00's Britney? Watch some contouring tutorials - youngsters have made hundreds of 'em by now. Read those books on your wishlist! Learn Portuguese! At the end of the day, you are more than what you wear. You are a whole being with dozens of interests and intricacies that make you YOU. Hone in on those things and get back to yourself.
Breathe In all seriousness, this year has been stressful for most people. Anxiety is on the rise with the uncertainty of work, money, and health. It's hard being confined because that's not how we are made. Now is the perfect time to center yourself and try meditation (remember when I said you can look a little crazy at home? Don't question me now!). Scientists much smarter than I have done tons of research into the healing qualities of breathing and mindfulness (seriously Google this ish because it's all there). With the holidays just around the corner, nobody wants you to be a Nervous Nelly. Who'll watch all the Hallmark movies if you're having a nervous breakdown? Sadface.
Find your people While some are blessed (or cursed) to be quarantined with others, there are many that are isolated in the pandemic. Did you pick up that MANY are ISOLATED? That's right! You're not alone. I'll bet there are thousands in your exact situation who are dying to reach out to commensurate, laugh, and grow meaningful bonds with others. Call your friends. Find groups on social media. ACTIVELY BE A PART OF SOMETHING. Find purpose and joy in your relationships with others. You are never alone, my fellow person! You are worthy of others' time and attention, and the world is aching to hear your voice. Just put yourself out there.
Get back to the basics This won't last forever. When that immunization shot gets mass-distributed, our lives can somewhat go back to normal (sorry, anti-vaxxers, not you). Have you sat outside and listened to the birds sing as the smell of crisp, fall air invades your nostrils? No, just me? For years we have been so busy living our lives that we have not taken the time to enjoy the beauty around us. Revisit your childlike wonder and awe as you rediscover the gift of being alive. Strap on some roller skates - I won't judge.
Cute little heart,