The rapid spread of coronavirus over the past several months has rocked the globe. In the United States alone, tens of millions of workers are unemployed and countless businesses remain shut down. As health experts and scientists try desperately to slow the spread of the virus, everyone is advised to stay at home as much as possible, or socially distance.
It can be difficult to keep your confidence high while in quarantine. When you’re stuck in your house and your socialization opportunities are restricted, it’s easy to fall into dangerous patterns of negativity and fatigue. Keep your head up and keep reading to learn 5 ways to boost your confidence as you navigate the COVID-19 quarantine of 2020.
- Get Dressed
There’s nothing wrong with putting leggings into your permanent quarantine rotation, but you should make an effort to change out of your pajamas at the start of every day—even if you won’t be leaving your house.
Getting dressed might seem silly if you’re not going anywhere, but it can make a big difference in your mood and productivity. Just as your night-time routine signals your body that it’s time for bed, getting dressed as part of your morning routine will help you feel more awake. Even better: invest in some comfy-cute loungewear that keeps you cozy but still helps you look and feel reasonably put-together.
- Take Care of Your Skin (inside and out)
If you’re not going to work or seeing anyone outside of your household, there’s really no reason to torment your skin by caking makeup on your face. In fact, take the abundance of me-time during quarantine as an ideal opportunity to get your skin in good shape.
Skip the foundation and other harsh, heavy makeup products for the time being. Instead, spend time treating your skin to plenty of TLC: moisturizers, serums, facials, and more. If nothing else good comes of quarantine, at least you’ll have a clearer, brighter complexion than you had before.
Don’t forget to hydrate, keep your body moving, and cook healthy meals. It all goes into your healthy complexion!
- Move Your Body
Regular physical exercise is one of the most effective ways to boost both your physical and mental health.
You don’t have to start training for a marathon. The confidence-boosting benefits of exercise can be activated by something as simple as embarking on a daily walk around the neighborhood or participating in a 30-minute exercise video from the comfort and safety of your own home.
- Learn Something New
It’s easy to feel stagnant and slightly stir-crazy when you’re stuck at home for an indefinite period of time during quarantine.
Keep your motivation high by committing yourself to learning something new this year. Whether that’s a language you’ve always wanted to learn or a skill you’d like to master, learning something new during quarantine can help you feel more purposeful on an everyday basis—a great boost for your mood and your confidence.
Since in-person contact is limited right now, you’re likely much more dependent on your screens for work, play, and everything in between. Staring at your mobile phone or laptop computer all day can sap your energy and make you feel restless, fatigued, and unmotivated—not to mention it’s a huge strain on your eyes.
Make a conscious effort to disconnect every now and then. Go for a walk and leave your phone at home. Spend an evening reading a physical book rather than scrolling through social media on your smartphone. Keeping a healthy distance between yourself and your mobile devices can help you feel more energetic and more like yourself.
Quarantine comes with its own unique struggles. Faced with unprecedented isolation as COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, it is important to prioritize your own mental health above all else. Use these tips to keep your confidence up while in quarantine. We’ll get through this, and when we do, we’ll be stronger inside and out.