I’ve talked before about my obsession with makeup.
As much as I joke around, if you saw my eyeshadow palette collection you’d immediately call Dr. Drew and stage an intervention. Name a color, I have it.
Thankfully, social distancing prevents that from happening for a while.
I’ve done some of my own soul-searching and research as to why my pupils dilate and my heart speeds up when I walk into Ulta’s.
Or what motivated me to name my cat Sephora. Yes, for reals.
And here’s what I found.
The last realization hit me after seeing this video of a woman who lives every day as if it’s 1958.
She’s made up all the time, dressed up, and coiffed as if she’s going out somewhere special.
I am exactly the same way.
And, although I was born in 1959 and missed that particular year by one, I am a bit obsessed with the style of the 50s.
I work out of the house and am always dressed, made up, lashes included.
There’s a lot of scuttlebutt on social networks lately about how, although this pandemic is the Worst Thing Ever in a million ways, it’s also nice to not have to “worry” about showering, dressing up or otherwise being groomed.
So… people aren’t using deodorant because they don’t care if they stink when they’re home alone?
Count me out.
As someone who put on eyeliner when she had the flu, I am definitely not on board.
Because here’s the thing: Being pulled together makes me feel better. The process of applying my makeup is comforting and creative for me. I listen to podcasts and generally make it a “mini spa experience.”
And I’m not alone.
Research shows wearing makeup boosts self-confidence and may even improve cognitive performance.
It’s called “the lipstick effect.”
Now, more than ever, we need to find things that give us a psychological boost.
If makeup isn’t your thing, what else can you do to feel better?
I found these following ideas. Let me know which ones work for you:
Most importantly (and this is one I use constantly):
BE IN THE MOMENT.
We make ourselves miserable by lamenting about the past or worrying about the future.
When you pull yourself back to the present minute, it blocks out the other stuff.
Practice being in THIS MOMENT. Right now.
THIS one… or this one.
You get the idea.
What else works to make YOU happier? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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Linda Melone is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified trainer and award-winning health and fitness writer. She specializes in helping women over 50 get in shape and lose weight.