Last week I was on a group Zoom call when the conversation turned to what we could do to optimise our 'post-lockdown bodies' which is basically code for 'are you dieting and overexercising too?'
The pressure on women to constantly be working on our appearance is nothing new but this pandemic and subsequent isolation seems to have spawned a particularly pernicious brand of it.
There's a big pressure to come out of this period like a new person, looking amazing, and I've seen lots of girls popping up on my Stories showing off their lockdown abs, but the reality is that it's not going to be that easy for most people.
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For whoever needs to hear this right now. You do not have to exercise everyday. If you want to, great! You do not have to post daily updates about how well your home schooling is going. If you want to, great! You do not have to transform your life and your body in the next three weeks. If you want to, great!!! Rest is just as important as action. You do not have to follow accounts on social media that add to your stress and anxiety levels. There is a lot of noise out there right now but you are in control of what you see and hear on your feeds. Only follow the accounts that resonate with you and make you feel comforted or empowered. This is not a competition. We all just need to get through these next few weeks as best we can. Let's not make it into a competition. #covid19 #lockdown #coronavirus ❤️