The Post Pandemic Glow Ups || A Drawback Rather Than A Step Forward

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With the idea of freedom comes the idea of change. As June hastens away, the sky begins to clear up with the impression of lockdown restrictions finally abandoning our lives. Aside escaping the seismic affairs of the past year, we yet face a myriad of daunting ideas controlling our lives in a less sinister yet a non-prosaic way.

Undoubtedly, lockdown was not an easy run for any individual of any age. We’ve all faced our fair shares of fraught. However, as the gates of the garden open and world returns to its immemorial definition of normal, a new trend colonizes the headlines and permeated across social media, the “post pandemic glow up”. “A glow up” stands for the idea of altering to the better whether it be physically or mentally. Improving your lifestyle, looks, and mentality. Although we haven’t been able to live the life we normally do, there remains a daunting pressure of returning better than ever. Whatever category your interests may fall into, there seems to be a criterion we all must comply to. From the things we wear, to the topics we educate ourselves about, the food we eat, the way we spend time the reduction of restrictions has gaslit us to believe that there is specific way we should return after merely surviving.


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Throughout the past year, the majority if not all of us hid behind the scenes in the comfort of sweatpants. Ideally, if you lived through the pandemic at home, your closet transformed from dresses and skirts to sweatpants and sweaters, a kingdom of loungewear. The fanciest item of the season was the brand Sporty and Rich’s luxurious set piece. Unfortunately, as we begin to shed our cocoons, new trends begin to inundate us accentuating new must haves sharply contrasting from the comfort we are used to.

Coming from a person that views style as a trait, I love to dress up and experiment with my clothes. But jumping out of my pyjamas into a cut out lace summer dress feels too extreme. This summer trends such as “mad for minis”, “strap happy” and most importantly, “cream of the crop tops” all have dominated the fashion industry. The current trends have allotted an expectation we all feel like we must comply to. Alluding from house wear to extreme outwear might not be the ideal coping method for you, and that is also okay.

What were you doing during the pinnacle of lockdown restrictions of you weren’t working on a physical, body glow up? The impression that has been engrained through our minds. If you are reading this you probably do have access to platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and maybe even Tiktok. And so, you may have also fed on your fair share of fitness content during the pandemic.


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The antics you may have stumbled across may have also inspired you to begin your athletic endeavours. If not so, it wouldn’t decrease the chance of you feeling pressured to go on a run every morning, so you can prove palpable evidence proving that you have also been working on yourself during the pandemic. The fitness trends that we all have heard of such as going on a run at six am at least twice a week, having a smoothie bowl for breakfast and looking after your body.  Although physical evidence is not needed to feel differently, the latest crazes have proved otherwise, you don’t need to prove to anyone that you were looking after your health when it was the only thing preventing you from deciphering this past year.

The aphorism claiming that we must come back stronger than ever can be somewhat damaging, especially after having a year off.  Having done so much during your time off is great, but just purely surviving is also fine. The trends eclipsing old habits may be fun to join but they also may come off as overwhelming. The traction on the current antics may have you assuming you must take part, but as innocuous as extreme change can be to some it might play differently to others. A post pandemic glow up may be the issue currently dominating headlines. But does you improvement need to be palpable to be palatable?