As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to ravage the United States, people across the country have been forced to stay home in an effort to mitigate the spread. As a result, typical work attire and common beauty routines have been all but abandoned. Sweatpants have replaced trousers, baggy T-shirts have replaced blouses, and many women have said goodbye to their bras altogether. But actress, writer, and soon-t0-be new podcast host Busy Philipps is not among them.
In fact, Philipps views getting dressed as a way to maintain continuity and a sense of normalcy during a time of so much unrest. "I mean, look, I'm a firm believer in doing what is right for yourself, so I'm never gonna tell someone else what they should and shouldn’t be doing," Philipps tells Woman's Day. "But personally, I found during stay-at-home orders that putting on a bra, getting dressed, maybe even some makeup, changed my attitude about the day. And I didn’t sort of sink into the place of doing my Zoom calls with no pants on," she laughs.
For Philipps, who has partnered with Warner's on the brand's upcoming ad campaign — all of which was produced, filmed, and staffed by an all-woman crew — it's all about creating a reliable, daily routine. "It’s been a journey for everybody," she says of transitioning to staying at home. "Especially in the very start of it, I really tried to stick to a schedule so I would wake up really early and work out, make my coffee, get the kids ready for Zoom school. And that did help me."
Of course, adhering to a schedule and trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy doesn't mean things are always smooth sailing. In the first few weeks of quarantine, Philipps says she was "overwhelmed with sadness for a lot of reasons," a reaction that she knows is "totally reasonable." Between missing her friends dearly, juggling her new life at home, and trying to pivot on projects that she had in the works prior to the pandemic, all combined with the constant intake of disheartening news from the world, reality could feel staggering at times. But it was in those moments that Philipps relied on her support network and tried to gain some perspective.
"In the moments when you’re like 'what just happened to this world?' I try to connect with people on FaceTime," she says. "And I'm very lucky I have kids who are excited to have their parents full-time at home, even if there’s been moments of strife."
And despite having the whole family under one roof at all times, Philipps, her husband, and their daughters all make sure they find a way to spend some time alone. "I spend a lot of time on my balcony, and I made it a point to make sure I’m able to have at least an hour of time totally by myself everyday," she says. "It’s important to carve out time, even if it means the dishes are going to be sitting in the sink for an extra hour." Whether she's having a moment of quiet, scrolling through Twitter, or listening to music — she's been loving Waxahatchee's Saint Cloud and Ricky Music by Porches — she makes sure to give herself space.
And even on the days when things feel a bit heavier, she'll have the comfort of her family, her routine, and of course her favorite wireless bra.
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