Have you lost track of how many days you’ve now been on quarantine? We all know that one of the most important things we can do to help save lives if we’re not in the frontlines and are fortunate enough to be able to work from home is to, in fact, stay at home. We all have to look after each other, our families and our communities. However, as we stay home and look after our physical health, we must not neglect our mental health.
Regardless of where you live, the Coronavirus pandemic has caused a major disruption in all our daily lives. Cities are on lockdown, individuals and families are in quarantine, unable to go out, socialize and see friends, children are home schooled and only essential workers should be out. As we do our part to slow down the pandemic and save lives, we’re also inundated with news, whether it be on TV or on social media. All this combined can wreak havoc on our mental and emotional health. Given these unprecedented and uncertain times, we all need to create some sense of normalcy for ourselves and for our families.
With that in mind, American comedian Jimmy Kimmel started the #FormalFriday movement. Most of us have likely been spending too much time in sweats, hoodies and athleisure wear. It’s tempting to underdress when you’ve got nowhere to go. Perhaps you’re also not in the best of moods with everything going on. However, we all know that what you wear can have a vast impact on how you feel and how you go about your day. Formal Friday is meant to get us all dressed up, even if we’re just staying at home, so we can somehow recreate that normalcy that we all need. It also gives us something to enjoy and look forward to as the weekend approaches.
Join us get ready for this coming Formal Friday. Step out of those yoga pants and that tank top. Put on some makeup, wear a simple sheath dress, slip into a pair of pumps and accessorize your outfit with jewellery. This might just be the most dressed up you’ve been in the last three weeks or so. If you’re not feeling up to wearing a dress, why not wear a chic pantsuit or tuxedo jacket and trousers instead. Now, if you really want to go all out, without actually going out, feel free to wear a floor-length dress. The formal Friday dress code is entirely up to you.
Get your family to join in on the fun. If you have kids, have your daughter put on her favorite dress and have your son wear a dress shirt and trousers. Ask your husband or your partner to put on a sharp dress shirt, trousers and leather shoes. Make it a family affair and host a formal family dinner that you can all enjoy. In the midst of everything going on, we have to create our own joy and appreciate the things that we can do, even while in the comforts of our own homes.