3/24/2021

Look and Feel Your Best During the Pandemic

 


The pandemic is wearing everyone down. Many are putting on unwanted weight from stress eating. Stress also shows up on the skin through worry lines or breakouts.


People are becoming slovenly, not feeling inspired to fix themselves because they stay mostly at home anyway.


If you allow stress from the pandemic to drag you down, you are putting yourself at risk because it impairs your immune function. Shake yourself up and reduce stress by making yourself look good and feel better.


Beauty Regimen

Besides making sure that you keep your personal hygiene practices during the pandemic, you can do more to perk yourself up.


If you did not have a specific skin care regimen before, you can start now. Do your research online so that you are sure that you will be purchasing products that are best for your skin type and condition. For instance, if you have dark spots on your face, you can use whitening facial night serum to address this.


If you already had a skincare regimen previously, you can try out other products you have not tried before. You might even find something that works better for you. If you miss doing your make-up, you can still do it even if you are not leaving the house. Make yourself look pretty for your video meetings or chats. Take selfies with different makeup looks and post these on your social media. The compliments you will receive from family and friends will surely give you a glow.


The best natural beauty and skin care regimen you can have is to ensure at least eight hours of deep sleep every night. You will find that you wake up with skin that looks refreshed, with no undereye circles, and with a good disposition that gives you a more beautiful aura. It will also not cost you anything.


Having a regular bedtime and waking time will train your circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. It can prevent insomnia because after a certain period you will naturally feel sleepy at a certain time of the night.


Because the body's circadian rhythm is closely tied to night and day, it is best to dim the lights when it is near your bedtime and to have a totally dark room when you are ready to go to bed. Dim light signals your body that it is time to wind down and total darkness is the best environment to promote deep sleep.


Fitness Regimen

A fitness regimen can be as posh as hiring a professional fitness trainer and having a home gym. It can also be as simple as not having any equipment at all and looking for reliable instruction online.


The minimum requirement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is for adults to have 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise spread throughout the week and two days of muscle-strengthening exercise each week.


Brisk walking is a moderate-intensity exercise while jogging is a vigorous-intensity exercise. You can do brisk walking for half an hour on weekdays or jog for 15 minutes on weekdays. Make sure that you stay six feet or more away from other people. It is best to walk or jog in places where there are only a few people around to make social distancing easier.


Muscle-strengthening must work all major muscle groups which are the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. You can find exercises online that you can do using only your body weight. Some of these are planking, push-ups, and squats.


You can move on to longer and higher intensity exercises as you progress, but experts advise that you do so gradually to avoid injury. Regular exercise and sun exposure during the day will also help promote good sleep at night.


Eating a healthy diet complements your fitness regimen. If your goal is weight loss, experts state that eating fewer calories is more effective than exercise alone. Doing both can make you achieve your goal sooner.


Having a healthy diet also means more than calorie counting. You must also ensure that your food has the best nutritional quality, meaning a high volume of fresh vegetables and fruits and good protein. Stay away from junk food, sugary food, and food with high sodium content. It is also healthier to avoid processed food as much as possible.


Keep yourself hydrated by drinking more water than coffee, tea, or fruit juices, and limit your intake of alcohol.


Stay Beautiful, Fit, and Healthy

The stress of the pandemic can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being, resulting in a weaker immune system and a higher vulnerability to Covid-19. You must not let this happen because it is now more critical than ever to boost your body's defenses.


You can instead lift your mood through your beauty and fitness regimen. Making yourself pretty and exercising regularly both increase your body's production of serotonin, fighting stress, and making you feel good.


Minding your appearance and well-being amid Covid-19 will not only make you look and feel your best, but it can also be your best defense during the pandemic.


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