Why You Shouldn’t Dress Down During COVID

3 Jewelry Ideas to Lift Your Spirits

According to the CDC, helping others cope with their stress during the time of COVID-19 can help all of us get through this together, stronger. This can be done by providing social support in the form of letters, phone calls, words of affirmation, and more. As the CDC notes, “During times of increased social distancing, people can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health. Phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel socially connected, less lonely, or isolated.”

So, as you prepare for your next video chat or your quick, masked dash to the grocery store, why not get dressed up (even if you’re not leaving the house)? Sometimes, you can gain a sense of normalcy in your day with simple acts: getting out of your sweats, wearing shoes or putting on jewelry. These simple actions can help elevate your mood and give you a sense that this will one day come to an end. This is a season.

So, here are our top three jewelry ideas to lift your spirits as we continue to thrive in the time of COVID:

1. 80s-Inspired Gold Earrings

Who doesn’t love the 80s? Whether or not you lived through them — sporting the fluorescent T-shirts, the plastic jewelry and jelly shoes, and rocking out to Madonna — the music of this era alone can brighten anyone’s day. Well, it’s your lucky day because the 80s are making a comeback on the jewelry scene. According to Cosmopolitan, “Opulent, chunky, gold studs are back.” And it doesn’t have to be real gold; fake gold works too.

2. Pearl Earrings, Big and Full of Drama

You know those tacky, fake pearl earrings that you had to wear as a bridesmaid in your fifth wedding appearance? They’re back, and they may be just what’s needed to brighten your day. According to the “12 Fall 2020 Jewelry Trends You’re About to See Everywhere” article, the bigger your pearl earrings — the more dramatic and outlandish — the better. It’s like a throwback to the 1950s housewife who wore her pearl earrings, along with her high heels, when cooking and cleaning. Remember her? Well, we won’t return to the sexism of that era or celebrate that idea of a woman, but we can bring back the pearls for everyday wear, especially during the time of COVID.

3. (Fighting) Depression Jewelry

As it turns out, Etsy has an entire category of “Depression Jewelry.” And what we mean by this is: jewelry that often includes words or images of affirmation, words of encouragement, or mantras and pick-me-ups that you can wear on your body. Sometimes, looking at a wrist cuff, necklace or ring that features words or images can brighten your day.

You might wear a sterling silver pendant fashioned after a wax seal that reads “Too much overwhelms me,” its liver of sulfur patina featuring a wilted plant that reminds its wearer: You are not alone. Even plants, if not given the right elements to thrive, can wilt. Or a necklace that reads: “Through every dark night there is a brighter day.” Or a silver and leather bracelet that speaks: “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”

A Note About Depression: These jewelry ideas are not intended to fight serious depression. Please know that if you are struggling with depression, there is help available. You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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