How to Quarantine Well: Shift Your Focus

The Last Days of Summer

The end of summer is a great time to prepare for next season. Although fashion trends change from season to season, this is a time to shop for basic or graphic tees, jeans, maxi dresses, sandals and other casual wear.

Unfortunately, several well-known department stores are closing, however they have some close out sales that are offering unbelievable discounts. Just keep in mind that you should purchase items that you know you will wear and that easily match other outfits in your closet.

Due to the pandemic, most people are spending more time at home so you do not need a lot of the traditional clothing that you would wear to work so shopping for casual wear or lounge wear may be the best choice.

Basic knits going into the Fall season would also be a great choice as the days become cooler.

Shifting Your Mindset

Staying at home for long periods can make you feel very dull and unmotivated. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean it’s a ticket to look sloppy or frumpy. You can still look put together. When you take time to care about your appearance, your attitude and mood shifts. It’s a psychological and emotional trick. It’s also important to have a daily routine and some structure to your day to keep yourself motivated.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Get Comfy Not Frumpy

Switch out those baggy sweatpants for palazzo pants. One of my favorite bottoms are the flowy, wide leg bottoms made of lightweight cotton and lycra material. They are comfortable yet make you feel like you are dressed and put together. You can get a variety of colors and patterns to mix and match with your favorite tops. As you head into cooler weather, you can select bottoms made of a heavier material but still provide the same versatility and comfort.

Make a Statement

There are so many fashionable tees on the market. Whether you prefer a solid or graphic one, these options go well with your traditional jeans or can be paired with a blazer or jean jacket for the Fall. You can add your favorite jewelry pieces for more style and personality.

Slide into Comfort

Ditch the slippers or house shoes and get a pair of slides with a rubber sole. Walking shoes that you will only wear inside your home. When you have on shoes, it makes you feel more productive. Find a pair of gray black, tan or brown pair that will match anything you put on. A great place to find a pair is at hotter.com

Indulge in Self Care

Take some time to care for yourself. You don’t have to wear a full beat of makeup every day but adding your favorite lip gloss or mascara will help boost your mood or make you feel more put together.

Try Something New

Take time to style your hair. Try a new style or even color or cut your hair. Switching up your hairstyle dramatically can give you a sense of change even when you feel stagnated.

Be Manicure Ready

You don’t need to go to a nail salon to do your nails. Just get some Vitamin E, nail polish, nail strengthener and top coat. One to try is the gel polish by OPI Infinite Shine 2 or Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.

Pamper Yourself

Use a Vitamin C serum or facial oil while using a rose quartz face roller to massage fine lines, eliminate dark circles and puffy eyes.

Apply a facial mask to hydrate your skin and draw out impurities. Choose what works for your skin type.

Take a bubble bath. Add some Epson salt or bath bombs. Light some candles and play some music

Use a diffuser to calm your nerves. Add your favorite essential oils to relieve stress and anxiety.

Turn off the news and get active. Go for walks or exercise. Eat healthy and balanced meals.

Get creative

Pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Read a book or take an online webinar course.

Stay connected

Call a friend or loved one. Connect through social media or video chat with your connections.

Hopefully, you can implement some of these tips into your quarantined routine if you haven’t done so already.

Shifting your focus does have a psychological and emotional impact on how we face and deal with the challenges of life.

Taking care of yourself is priority so you will have the energy, strength and motivation to be able to take care of others. Use your time, money and resources wisely.

Stay well, my friend.

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