Quarantine has been a big adjustment for everyone. And everyone’s felt it differently. Some days, I wake up and shower, ready to tackle my work day from my desk, and other days it’s 2pm and I’m still in my PJs, messy bun, and working from my bed. We’re not saying one is better than the other, but since it seems like we have to be ready to be in this for the long haul, you may want to reconsider your quarantine habits. Believe it or not, they may be the reason you’re feeling down.
With fall right around the corner, seasonal depression is also peeking its head from the door. In a survey conducted in the UK and the US, subjects reported a major decrease in personal care and hygiene routines (showering, changing clothes, combing hair, etc). Many also reported that they’ve put less effort into their appearance, and that their hygiene has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. We also know that people are feeling generally sadder with having to adjust to a “new normal,” so these two aspects may actually be correlated.
Ultimately, what the survey showed was that specific grooming and hygiene practices had more effect than others. People reported that they feel worse about themselves when they haven’t showered or brushed their teeth (relatable!)
So, if you’re going to put any effort into your grooming while working from home: start with body and oral hygiene. Cleanliness first.
It really all depends on what kind of person you are, and whether you enjoy grooming your body at all, or if you get pleasure out of showering, taking baths, or styling your hair. We’re not here to judge but what we are here to say is that you really absolutely have to brush your teeth. And that, on its own, may help you feel better.