Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Current trends likely encountered during this Pandemic
In the first of a three-part series, we will delve into current trends likely encountered during the quarantine. As we have been encouraged to #stayhome, many of us are in a peculiar predicament. I personally never spend time at home, I travel for a living and on my offtime for pleasure. My apartment is a glorified display case for belongings which comes with a hefty monthly price tag. A typical May of years past, I would be making a last-ditch effort to get the summer body I would clutch onto just long enough, to see a beach holiday in a two-piece bikini. Ibiza, South of France, and the Hamptons have been replaced with the bedroom, sitting room, and kitchen. Residing in a building that resembles a retirement home full of 70-year-olds, I found myself isolated, single, and suddenly out of work overnight. The first two weeks of quarantine was a cocktail of misery, denial, and plenty of delivery food. The outside world became limited to grocery store runs queued up in my makeshift hazmat suit or exercising in the park, holding my breath as runners passed me by. After wallowing in self-pity, I reminded myself; I'm a clever and resourceful woman, capable of making anything work in my favour. I've decided to focus on seven key trends that have gotten me through this pandemic.
Online Shopping You can find just about anything on Amazon. A charcoal-infused water bottle, a Jade Gua Sha massage stone, or double-sided sticky tape for the post-pandemic back-less dress. I would wake in the middle of the night for a toilet break only to return and find myself looking at plant pots, of which I've purchased so many my home now resembles a greenhouse. A cowhide rug, bbq, new loungewear to replace the sweats I live in, the packages arrived daily with a lovely note by yours truly. A small gift to myself, I said. That is until the credit card statement appeared, which I quickly disposed of; I'm not into negative news.
Skincare Some of us love makeup. It accentuates our beauty and quite frankly its pretty fun to play with, I just so happen to have two left hands when it comes to its application. Therefore by process of elimination, the focus has always been on the skin. From lymphatic massages to perfecting the 10 step skincare routine, I have been squeezing, rolling, poking, gua sha-ing, and slapping my cheeks in the hopes of healthy dewing skin; and it's worked. At a shocking price tag of course; skincare is not cheap.
Quarantine MD Google is an incredible tool, and I often wonder how we lived without it. After my intense sugar binge, I gained 7 pounds in a month, and once the unrestricted sweats began to feel like tights, it was time to do something about it. I started with a question, why am I experiencing rosacea on my cheeks after several fast food meals? Having been previously diagnosed with PCOS, I'd been advised by my doctors that the culprit was the food I ate and the inflammation it caused. I follow a gluten and dairy-free diet for over a year now, but due to my severe binge, the inflammation got worse. As my fingers swelled up and my belly was screaming first- trimester, I used my new-found free time to become the lab rat and mad scientist.
Bone Broth Soup Popularized by naturopathic physician Kellyann Petrucci, The Bone broth diet claims to help you lose up to 15 pounds in two weeks and even get rid of your wrinkles. My holistic doctor had advised it in the past to heal my gut, I just never had the time to get around to it. I've been drinking bone broth for two weeks now and lost the seven quarantine pounds I had put on. The fingers have returned to normal and it's also kept me from having to plan meals every day, which is far too much time in front of the stove. Disclaimer: May become hangry.
Wim Hof Wim Hof and his breathing exercises have been incredibly popular recently. I first heard of him years ago as it was recommended to do ice baths for post-training recovery. The iceman claims this method of breathing and cold therapy will provide better sleep, less stress, and inner peace. Seeing as how everything around me was unravelling, it appeared a good time to learn how to breathe patiently. The process consists of 30 deep breaths followed by extended holds and then finishing off with an ice bath. With the effect of COVID -19 on the lungs, it seemed a good idea to strengthen mine. I've found it's helped me calm down at times of stress and anxiety an added bonus.
I would like to take this moment to apologize in advance to the team of people who must now fix all of our DIY mistakes. From box dyes to taking on our own haircuts, many of us have all but cried to our stylist, pleading for help after we took matters into our own hands. Estheticians, Hairstylists, Manicurists, and everyone else involved in keeping this exterior all together, you are sorely missed.
Qbae Last but not least, this quarantine list would not be complete without Qbae. Now I know you've heard of bae, an affectionate term for the one who holds your affection; this is the pandemic version. After weeks of self-sabotaging, I met a lovely man. We made a pact, a Qbae pact. To become pandemic- partners and get through this together, as safely as possible. This partnership came with strict guidelines; it is a pandemic after all.
Rules for a Qbae-tionship *Must be as hygienically sterile as a brain surgeon entering the operating room. *Must Remain active with fitness. *Must Champion and Motivate each other. More on that in the next chronicle... We are all well aware of the global reset that is occurring and the effects of which we still don't know. As we continue to use this time to heal, shop, stretch our faces and drink boiled animal bones, I'd like to remind you; we will get through this together. Whatever your preferred coping mechanism is, you're allowed to do it, no judgment. Put yourself first. Save money or buy that post-pandemic dress. Whatever you choose to do, do it wholeheartedly and don't forget to wash your hands.
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