During the months of isolation, we didn’t have to worry too much about how we looked. Many of us now may be experiencing a negative body image after lockdown, where previous insecurities or new ones start to emerge.
Impact of lockdown on body image
During lockdown, we may have noticed changes in eating habits, exercise and sleep routine. Snacking more often or drinking more alcohol may have become a daily occurrence.
Day and night video conferencing means we have been looking at ourselves more often on screen. This may have brought our attention to flaws we didn’t know we had. Uneven teeth, funny expressions we make, skin blemishes and unruly hair are all things that make us unique. However, it can be hard to have a routine of looking this ‘uniqueness’ all day.
Many social media feeds have been filled with information on exercise and diet. Headlines have encouraged us to “use this time to lose weight” or “do the lockdown diet”. This suggests that working on our body should have been top priority during lockdown.
With hairdressers, nail bars and gyms closed, we may not have been able access the services we previously used to enhance our appearance. This can all add to feeling insecure and contribute to a negative body image.
Jigsaw Volunteers Ahlam and Erin (both 20) talk about body image and expectations that we see online and on social media during Covid-19.