One of the common complaints that most people have about the restrictive circumstances the world is dealing with thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has managed to suck out the dynamism of life. Many leisure activities such as traveling and dining out are still big no-nos. Likewise, for most of the population, the exciting challenges that come with going out to work have ceased to exist for the moment due to most companies’ work-at-home arrangements.
Indeed, it’s so easy to focus on the limitations that the global pandemic has imposed. What’s even more frustrating at times is how nobody knows how long this weird period will last. However, as wellness experts say, the uncertainty of these times does not need to create a lower quality of life. Instead, people should view the unusual change as an opportunity to be more conscientious of how they live.
Therefore, if you’re feeling a bit stir-crazy staying home most of the time and not having the freedom to pursue some of your interests, health and wellness experts recommend trying out the following stylish projects.
1. Get fancy with breakfast.
It’s always good to start your day out on the right note. One of the best ways of doing that is by nourishing yourself and creating a thoroughly pleasant breakfast experience. Plan your breakfast menu, and sprinkle the meal with elegance by creating a pretty table setting. If your property has an outdoor space, consider having breakfast outdoors and soak in some sun. This particular effort will feel like a treat.
2. Clean and decorate your home to make it your happy place.
Make it a habit to tidy up your house and you will find that it will put you in the right mind space. There’s nothing like a clean and organized home to make you feel empowered and ready to take on anything. This shouldn’t take too much time, especially if it becomes a part of your routine to get to the dishes right away after a meal and put everything in its proper place, for example.
Likewise, take the time to make your home an inspiring place to be. Decorate with flowers and set out beautiful decor to liven up your space.
3. Make yourself up.
As much as possible, avoid staying in loungewear the whole day. Dress up like you would if you were heading out and looking cute is the order of the day.
Wear your stylish pieces even if nobody will see you, such as your funky denim jacket with patches and other vibrant outfits. Don’t stop there. Apply makeup to brighten up your appearance (which is perfect if you often have Zoom calls), accessorize, and wear your signature scent.
Doing all of these will not just bring normalcy to your day, but they can also make you feel special.
4. Play inspiring tunes to serve as your day’s background music.
Music is both inspiring and healing. Thus, tap into its power. Play your favorite inspirational music as you go about your day, and it might just make you feel more relaxed yet also more focused on your tasks. Have it playing softly in the background, especially when you’re tackling chores, or even doing your job. YouTube has countless playlists for you to choose from.
5. Set aside time for afternoon tea.
Take a break in the afternoon and treat yourself to tea. This is a chance to regroup and reinvigorate your body and mind for the remaining responsibilities of the day. It’s better if you move away from your workplace for 30 minutes to enjoy a cup.
Studies reveal that carving out time for tea is not just an effective strategy against stress, but it is also one of the most accessible ways to be kind to yourself and feel elegant.
6. Look for beauty in your current situation.
No situation is entirely unpleasant. So, keep an eye out for things of beauty to uplift your spirit despite these troubled times, and be grateful.
If you have a comfortable home that you can decorate to suit your style, be grateful for it. With this effort, you create happiness and contentment and it can make you more optimistic about the future.
One popular way that people are doing this is through dressing up (particularly if the surroundings are not visually attractive). Another is through photography. They take pictures of everyday things from a positive perspective.
7. Learn something that will enrich your life.
Another way to bring quality into your life is to continue learning how to improve your circumstances. For example, if you have been relying mostly on food ordered online for lunch and dinner, how about learning how to make restaurant-quality dishes at home? Or, perhaps use your free time to enroll in an artisan bread making course to keep your home well-stocked with delicious and healthy bread.
8. Read more.
Reading is an excellent activity to indulge in, especially when you have the gift of more time. You can grow your knowledge about so many different things, improve your vocabulary, and provide yourself with an escape.
It is essential to mention as well that reading can mold your character by growing your understanding of different circumstances. From this, you can equip yourself better and more gracefully for all kinds of situations, particularly those that are usually challenging to approach.
9. Invest in things of amazing quality and value.
If you are financially comfortable, invest in items that you know can elevate your life. These could be new clothing (most women truly feel uplifted when they have new clothes to wear), appliances, plants, and hobby items. Do not deprive yourself; rather, make sure that you have things that can create the kinds of experiences that bring joy to everyday life.
There’s no denying that many of these days can be quite dull, but with a good routine filled with thoughtful tasks, the restrictions that society has to work with these days can still help you create a stylish quality of life.
So, fancy up as much as you can by dressing up nicely and being consistent with bringing enrichment to everyday life. These are things that you can do now that will benefit you long after this challenging period is over.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age. This has become the trademark of her designs for Finchitua today. With her unique style standpoint, she served the VIP Color Forecast Panel 2017 for Al Jazeera Paints Company and VIP Color Forecast Panel 2019 for Asian Paints Berger. Ms. Mudessir is a shortlisted nominee for the prestigious Fashion Scout London 2018.