Even in a lockdown, spending time on your looks is good for your mental health

Coronavirus lockdown or no coronavirus lockdown, investing time in your appearance is still good for your mental health.

Even though you might be the only person who’ll see you for quite some time, it’s still important to take care of yourself as you normally would.

Counselling Directory member Beverley Hills told Metro.co.uk: ‘The way we look directly impacts our mental health in the way we feel, so it’s important we pay attention to our appearance.’

With the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown already threatening to have a long-term impact on our mental health as a society, the importance of trying to keep your mind as healthy as possible cannot be overstated.

Beverley recommends: ‘Dress for the day as you would normally; shower, put on your makeup and your favorite tie or lipstick (or both!). The effects can be very affirming.’

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Speaking from her own experience with remote working, she added: ‘As a counselor during these uncertain times, I’m working solely online so could easily get away with counseling in my joggers but I don’t; dressing for my role retains a sense of purpose and self-confidence which can be sorely undermined for all of us during self-isolation.’

Beverley also emphasised the importance of dressing to impress the one person who will be seeing you regardless of self-isolation – yourself.

‘Even if you’re not seeing anyone you’re still seeing yourself,’ she said, ‘So make each time you glance in the mirror a positive one and smile at the fact you make lockdown look good!’

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