I have been inside for the past four days, and most of that time has been spent in just one room. Although staying inside has been aggressively recommended (and rightly so) during this crisis, it has been mostly anxiety keeping me indoors. I haven’t been out to buy food or even to get some fresh air in the quiet park up the road. My bed has been my home. I have occupied myself by playing Pokemon Emerald and planning my blog relaunch. (Oh yeah, I had been planning on relaunching this blog at the beginning of April, but figured that I would post something now because…what have I got to lose at this point? Plus, this is prime time for bloggers; people will be stuck at home and in need of things to read, so I don’t really have an excuse to not post something right now.)
But today, I had had enough of being cooped up. I needed to get out of that flat somehow, and ended up simply going out into the stairwell. Sunlight was streaming in through the windows, and one window was open, letting in some much-needed fresh spring air. One good thing that has come from my bedroom isolation is the rediscovered love of makeup, because I have turned to painting my face when I have found myself bored throughout the day. I decided that I would shower and make myself look presentable so that I could have a little photoshoot on the stairs.
It was actually quite a fun experience, and it temporarily distracted me from all of the doom and gloom. Sitting around in a grimy stairwell wearing grungy makeup and trying to look cool might not sound like that much fun, but it made me feel like I was actually achieving something, even if it wasn’t anything groundbreaking or necessary. It put my brain to work, deciding what outfit to wear, what lipstick colour to wear, how to pose, how to set up my tripod, etc. Because I was alone on the stairs with very little possibility of being interrupted, I wasn’t overly self-conscious about how I looked in front of the camera, either. Overall, an entertaining afternoon activity.
It’s more important than ever to switch off for a while and find the fun in the little things. A person’s mental health can really suffer when they’re forced to remain inside (not that I’m complaining because we should all be staying inside as much as possible right now), so keeping up with fun activities can be incredibly beneficial, no matter how trivial they may seem. It’s not a time to feel the pressure to take on overwhelming projects or force yourself to be productive if your body and mind are telling you that they need rest. Open your window, feel the sunlight on your skin and the breeze on your face, and do the best that you can to relax. Make time for activities that help you to chill out, whether that’s meditation, yoga, reading, painting, cooking or literally anything else. I have a quarantine schedule ready for when we are inevitably asked to remain indoors, and I have been sure to set time aside for creative time and chilled hobbies.
Take care of each other as best you can. Remember to take care of yourself too. Please don’t be one of those dickheads who hoards hand sanitiser and mountains of loo roll, leaving none for those who are most in need. Take note of which companies are treating their staff with care and respect in this difficult time, and which ones are putting profits over people – it might come in handy when deciding where to shop when all of this is over. Remember to check on your friends and family whenever you can, and please reach out if you are struggling. It’s a very strange time for all of us, and we all need to look out for one another and band together as a community however we can, because it will unfortunately hit some of us harder than others. My social media DMs are open to anyone who needs it, and I’m wishing everybody reading this all the best for the coming months.
Stay safe and stay calm.
Long-sleeved T-shirt: Primark
Cami: Charity shop find
Jeans: M&S (old)
Boots: Timberland (old)
Necklace: New Look (old)
Earrings: New Look (old)
Eyeshadow: Revolution X Jack palette
Highlighter: Revolution X Soph highlighter palette
Lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in ‘Stone Fox’