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Are you getting dressed for social distancing?

Clothing is many things besides protection from the elements and what we wear when we are out and about says a lot about us. 

However, many of us now find ourselves self-isolating, working from home or simply staying in our homes, except for that one outing we are allowed for daily exercise or a weekly trip for groceries.

For most of us, our daily routines may well have changed this week, and our motivation to get up and dressed may have waned.

Getting ready for the day can have a huge impact on our mental health and our positivity.

Has this new regime changed the way you get dressed in the day? Ladies, are you putting on your make up and gentlemen – are you having a daily shave? Are you getting dressed as usual, just wearing comfy leisure clothes or staying in your PJ’s?

Are you getting dressed for social distancing?

1044 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes - still getting dressed for the day No - staying in my PJ's

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bendog
23rd May 2020
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Shower and dress as usual,
bendog
23rd May 2020
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Shower and dress as usual
simbadog
22nd Apr 2020
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Strict lock down here in Spain so my day wear varies from decent sportswear for taking the dog out and occasional visit to supermarket and excerise at home. Then the paint splattered faded old trackies for the many days spent painting and cleaning to fill time. Can't wait to don a nice dress on a night out lol
Tr1sh
10th Apr 2020
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I rarely spend the day in PJ's but I have been changing into more leisure wear - comfy, easy to wash and really, who cares?
SueC62
9th Apr 2020
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Other than when floored with a bad cold, it's never occurred to me to not change to day clothes. Staying in pjs is a treat reserved for illness.
sparrer
9th Apr 2020
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As an 'at risk' I'm confined to barracks so it helps to pass the time and I like feeling fresh anyway , though I do have trouble deciding what to wear to put the bins out! My Mum used to say cleanliness is next to Godliness, and I always remember that if I'm ever tempted to be a slouch.
JP257
1st Apr 2020
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Hello I’m a newbie. I live alone in an apartment so no outside space. I volunteer in a charity shop which is now closed of course so feeling quite isolated. Cabin fever setting in now. I make sure I get dressed every day. It is so easy to lose your motivation. I go for a walk each day whatever the weather. How is everybody else coping?
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Hello and welcome JP257 sorry to hear that you don't have any outside space. Make sure you get out for your daily walk that will definitely help you feel better. If you would like to get involved in our site take a look at Current Topics in our Forum and feel free to engage in anything that takes your interest. You can also start your own topic if there is anything you want to know or interested that is not on there. You may also find something that interests you on our speakers corner. https://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/
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viking
31st Mar 2020
4
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I put on eye lashes and kole and the tightest dress with the slit up to my waist showing fishnet stockings with suspenders and high heels and went for a walk.
Got arrested for importuning, so never going to dress up for Covid -19 again !!!
Lionel
31st Mar 2020
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I would have taken your arm and paraded both of us in the busiest of places.

You brought a smile to my face. Thank you.
Dolly5
13th Apr 2020
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Just read your post Viking...soo funny!
lovetochat
29th Mar 2020
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Still dressing for the day makes it seem as if there is some normality, maybe getting up a little later though! lol strongly feel you have to carry on doing what you did before things changed
[deleted]
28th Mar 2020
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0Lden1ck
30th Mar 2020
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gotta get dressed for garden.
Lionel
28th Mar 2020
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Much the same as usual. Jeans, sweatshirt and nowadays thermal underwear, the wind is biting at the moment. Much to do outside so evening dress not appropriate. Chickens don't mind what you look like so long as the food keeps coming.
[deleted]
29th Mar 2020
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Lionel
29th Mar 2020
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Yep! Chickens play host to a number of things, none of them very nice. But I've kept hens for fifty years and have had no trouble. Just douse their legs in diesel in autumn and they're fine.

Some of these latest hybrids lay 6 eggs a week for around 10 years. We've got six very young hens at the moment, so my wife has no excuse for not baking more cakes!

Bang goes my waist line.
[deleted]
29th Mar 2020
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Lionel
29th Mar 2020
2
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No Jeanie, it's not a wind up, it's true. Petrol will do the same job. Not diluted, not dangerous other than makes their stomachs a little loose for a day. 30 years ago we would give a cow with a stomach upset a pint of diesel then stand well back. No one should ever smoke around the back end of a cow, especially after a diesel drench. Cow isn't harmed, she goes on chewing grass quite undisturbed. The vets would then charge £25 call out fee, plus antibiotic drugs and a re-visit to check on the cow. Very expensive indeed.

To put your mind at rest, those remedies aren't used anymore. Stockmen must call a vet. Well, it keeps the vets off the streets!

It's the same as our domestic animals, there's plenty of off the shelf and expensive vet-prescribed remedies when some of the old ways do less long term harm to the animals and are much cheaper. For example, with my house-Collies, when they get fleas, which is every year, I don't buy expensive flea treatments. No, a small bottle of lavender oil does just the same and doesn't distress the animals. 5 drops in a pint of warm water, spray and rub into their coats and spray carpets and furniture too. Within hours we're flea free.

My best lead dog who died last June from old age use to get a flea allergy. The vet wanted to use anti biotics and Lord knows what else. I took the dog home, bought a small tub of E45 and a small jar of Tea Tree oil. 10 drops in the pot of cream, stir well and apply. Infection gone in a few hours.

And thanks for the compliment about country people. I'm one of the old ones now having learned so much from those who were once old and I very young.
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30th Mar 2020
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Lionel
30th Mar 2020
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Jeanie, your 'taties were in a 'clamp.' We do it to this day.

Yes, it's a whole different life out here. I spent an enforced 10 years in Central London as a teenager and could get out quickly enough. From Public School to farm worker in one giant leap. Never regretted a moment of it. Farming was the very best years of my life.

Now, getting old and afflicted with arthritis, I have just one tenth of an acre garden which is dug and cultivated by hand. That's the nearest I'll get to a farm again.

Just as an aside, I was raised for my first eight years by Victorian grand parents in a small Norfolk village. Most of their lives were lived before the NHS. In place of an expensive doctor, they used the services of an old lady who lived out in the wilds. She grew plants for herbal remedies. That's what I was brought up on.

Can't say I liked being plastered in goose fat, or encased in a kaolin poultice but they worked very well.
[deleted]
30th Mar 2020
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Lionel
30th Mar 2020
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Yes, Jeanie, re-bury them in a clamp. The clamp is simply a heap of taties laid on a little sand overlaid with straw and then covered completely in some more straw and sand. Soil is then thrown over the mound until it's about a foot deep. Worms don't like sand, there's nothing for them to eat. The straw is an insulator from frost and the soil further insulates them. It's one of the oldest means of preserving summer root crops into winter.

No, I don't take any medication either. Rather fell out with my doctor a few years ago when, with a cholesterol level of 3, she wanted me on statins. Having seen what that stuff did to my wife I refused. The doctor replied, then I won't see you anymore. It's an arrangement which suits us both! In stead, I've been on vitamin therapy for 16 years. Haven't had a day sick or a cold since starting that. Used sensibily, Vitamin therapy keeps the body healthy and resistant to infections.

I have a pal in France. He's been retired there some years. What he writes now shows France as a police state of restrictions and very, very high taxes. Not the sort of place I'd chose to be. If you wait a little longer property prices in Britain are set to fall dramatically. You could pick up a nice little rural bargain.
[deleted]
30th Mar 2020
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Lionel
31st Mar 2020
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I'll reply tomorrow.
Dafne
27th Mar 2020
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I am still getting up at the same time and doing things around the house. Being high risk I am only allowed in the garden but there are jobs out there that I can do and inevitably the garage still needs tidying ! I have also relearned how to do crochet.I couldn't sit in pyjamas all day ,but I rarely wear makeup so no change there.
mdan2011
26th Mar 2020
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I still get up at the same time each day and keep to a routine as best I can. I am retired so have managed to keep busy and continue to do so. I have a beard but still keep it trimmed. My wife is retired as well and always manages to find something to do every day. I could not just sit around all the time, but I do make sure I give myself a break. Stay safe and stay home. God bless you all.
SueB571
26th Mar 2020
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Still getting up about 6am and I’ve been catching up on all the gardening jobs which I hadn’t been able to find time for.
Dani
26th Mar 2020
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Too right I am. Today was my first bare leg day...a huge treat. Frock, sandals, felt great. Cooler now( nearly six o’clock) but a jumper will be enough.
Isolating is no reason to become a self neglecting mess. Up at the usual time, walk the dogs, spray of my favourite perfume...and get dressed!
ChrysV
26th Mar 2020
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Getting dress , as we are in the garden but No make up . Fed up putting it on and then just taking off . What do you think .......thin edge of the wedge ????
VeraW7
26th Mar 2020
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I am retired, but still get showered and properly dressed each morning.
MoiraR4
26th Mar 2020
1
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I'm still getting my make up on and dressed. Not normal times but I'm trying to keep some semblance of normality. I'm scary without makeup so dont want to traumatise myself every time I look in a mirror!
VictoriaS5
26th Mar 2020
2
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I have a part time job which has finished for the time being so my daily programme has to change. It would be easy to get up late and slob around but I am trying to reprogramme and do something every day I feel proud of. I am going for an isolated run on alternate days and walking with my husband (who is in the vulnerable category) on the others. Gardening whilst the sun shines, trying to be a bit more adventurous with my cooking and following every fitness video I can find - bellydancing this morning - couldn't do it. I am keeping going by thinking of the thousands less fortunate than us and YES I try to look smart and wear full make up when we do go out for a walk or to the shop. Keep moving everybody - straighten your back. drop your shoulders and breathe.
Yagala
26th Mar 2020
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I am used through years to dress myself according to the days work, entertainment and leisure.
Nowadays I see women dressed in their night gear going shopping in their slippers.
That is something I will never do.
I still ask women in my company if they mind I take my suit jacket off.
That is the way I was brought up and I still adhere to that norm from years agone.
mag379
26th Mar 2020
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Get dressed for my daily walk then back into my jammies. If the weather was better I'd stay dressed and spend time in the garden
panama.canal
26th Mar 2020
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I was so looking forward to Easter.I bought a beautiful shirt really cheap at a charity shop, thinking I could wear it then. Then all this staying away from people happened. If I .put on new shirt no-one will see it except for my cat who isn’t fussy about clothes..!!
Ethel11
26th Mar 2020
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I am quite new to retirement and enjoying having the time to read all the books I have saved up for such a time. The cleaning can wait another day.
sallyosborne
26th Mar 2020
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We get up as normal, shower and get dressed. We have written a list of all the jobs we put off and are gradually working through it. We do the Joe Wickes video you posted a few days ago, have our daily walk, and are going to start meditating to help us stay calm! It feels fine at the moment but not sure how I’m going to feel after a few weeks.
Leslyjane
26th Mar 2020
2
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I'm getting dressed and putting on my make-up and perfume, as I always do. I think it's a slippery slope lazing about in pajamas and leads to lack of motivation and depression.
blackbeard
26th Mar 2020
1
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Gotta keep active as best us oldies can. Yesterday fixed a broken lamp in the back garden, planted some potatoes, peas, mangetout, beetroot, dwarf beans, lettuce, carrot, spring onions and garlic. That kept me out of mischief for a couple of hours

Then sat in the sun in the back garden with a can of cider and some blue cheese straws I'd made. Then went indoors and made a fish pie for tea and after sat and had a quiet evening in the chair

Not quite so busy yet today. Done the dishes (by hand) (two days worth, saving money and water) put the washing through the machine and hung that out, then came in cleaned through the bottom of the house including vacuuming

Got some cupboards to clear later, but right now I'm sitting eating a Cornish Pasty (in Plymouth Devon) for my lunch

So there, keeping active and busy is a must for both mental and physical health especially at this time.

Stay safe out there

Bert















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KathleenW88
26th Mar 2020
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Casual comfortable clothes but still getting dressed. I think I didn't get dressed one day but that's all.
GraceR7
26th Mar 2020
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yes im getting dressed and putting a little make up on dont want to frighten my husband!! but definitely getting up later although still awake early ...
AmandaT566
26th Mar 2020
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I’m getting dressed everyday, though the sneaky lie ins are happening! Like others have said, getting dressed makes it easier to keep productive and motivated I think?
JoanP76
26th Mar 2020
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Yes I always get dressed. We need structure to our day. Set ourselves some targets. I have been doing some gardening and general housework. Also I have been doing a puzzle for 3 weeks and It's driving me mad. Everyone keep yourselves occupied. This will be over sooner or later. Stay safe.
GwendolineM
26th Mar 2020
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Getting dressed, but having more lie in.
SueB285
26th Mar 2020
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Dressing for the day motivates me to get things done. Even not feeling too well at the moment I still need to get showered and dressed
PatriciaS645
26th Mar 2020
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I Have always got up and dressed with hair done and make up on, ready to face the day. That will not change as long as i am able to do so. You have to keep your self respect, no matter whether its just you in the house or living with someone. My husband is the same, and at Xmas & special occasions we always dress up a little extra. Why wouldn't we?
Suse56uk
26th Mar 2020
1
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Yes, I rarely get up in my nightwear. Even if I’m only going in the garden I do make up and hair...not fancy, just enough so I feel better about myself!
Billythequiche
26th Mar 2020
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What? Do you think we are millennials? Self respect was, and still is a major part of us. The DJ is only for the right occasions but washed, shaved, tooth-brushed and dressed is the minimum required. Even in a tenement with shared cold water sinks this was normal and required. In those days we had little, but it was a clean little.
Mary Lincoln
26th Mar 2020
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The only difference to my normal day is l have an extra half an hour in bed reading a good book bliss.
Wilf
26th Mar 2020
2
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Yes I always get dressed at the crack of sparrows-always have and always will and then dress appropriately for the weather that day. In the winter I have battles with my wife about the thermostat and I would be very happy to not have the heating on and wonder about in a fleece all day-well it would help save the planet!
Yodama
26th Mar 2020
5
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Yes getting dressed, If anything should happen to me and I became ill, my first thought would be " what would the ambulance medics think of me looking like a slob?"
So usual routine.
JE
28th Mar 2020
1
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Your comments made me smile. Reminded me of my mother telling us we must have clean and decent knickers and vest on “in case you get knocked down”.
JE
28th Mar 2020
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Your comments made me smile. Reminded me of when I was a child and my mother making sure we always had clean and decent vests and knickers on in case we were knocked down!
Catton
25th Mar 2020
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Why wouldn't I get dressed. Make up on. Normal routine with alterations to accommodate the current crisis. Living alone is not easy but rather a few months of solitude than not being here at all.
Do keep in touch with those who live alone whatever their age. Good for our mental well being.
PurpleHat
25th Mar 2020
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Made myself a promise when I was left on my own that I would keep myself tidy, and eat proper meals etc so he could look down and be pleased with me. Like CarolAH I only ever used minimal makeup. but it keeps up my morale and makes me pleased with myself!
CaroleAH
25th Mar 2020
3
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Yes, getting dressed in my usual attire - jeans and a jumper/sweatshirt. Tried going without make-up for a day but got fed-up of seeing a wishy washy face in the mirror so it's back to the make-up, minimal most days but eye-liner, eyeshadow and mascara on my weekly trip to the supermarket!!! 🙂
bob scott
25th Mar 2020
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As an 82, year old carer I have to be up get the wife medications out as well as my own, get the breakfast ready wash up, change the beds in rotation, today I hoovered up the house from top to bottom, read the news paper did some of my leisure work got the lunch time snacks on the go, after lunch a few odd jobs in the garden back to my leisure work before a nap. It is what ex : Service people did you did not have time to lay about then so why now. Bob Scott.
Felix1
25th Mar 2020
2
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I wear my dressing gowns to save on washing and ironing. Plus, offers protection against my cats claws.
JE
25th Mar 2020
3
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I get dressed as usual and put my slap on! Would normally only stay in my nightwear if feeling unwell so mentally I am keeping to my daily routine.
Retiredyorkie
25th Mar 2020
4
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Yes getting dressed as normal, having escaped back to GB after a lovely holiday, caught up on all my washing, ironing and now having a catch up with cleaning.

Next job will be the garden.

Trying to keep to a normal routine other than having a chat and a trip out.

Its when I start talking to myself or shouting at the TV I will know I have cracked up !!!!

So it will be watch this space and try to keep your sense of humour.
jacacc1210
25th Mar 2020
3
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We are keeping to our normal routine as this is good for your self-esteem and mental health. I am also still in work 3 days a week although is worrying times for us all. We wish you all stay well and safe and that we all come through this together & stronger xx
Boston
25th Mar 2020
2
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We are getting up a hour later
Watching 'good morning "
Then doing jobs 'garden '
Taking a break every 30 mins
Cooking tea but taking our time
Before we know it , its 6.30
Bless, not sure what day it is but days going to quick
ecarg
25th Mar 2020
3
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Normally I am dressed by 8am I have pushed this onto 9am to shorten the day a little .I therefore watch the morning news in my dressing gown knowing there will be no one knocking at the door I think this is ok., as otherwise I maintain my usual routine minus childminding duties
Silvermite
25th Mar 2020
7
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I find keeping as near as possible to my usual routine is good for my mental health. It gives structure to my day.
MrsPat
25th Mar 2020
4
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Yes, of course, I am getting dressed as normal just as I have done every day in my life. I would not dream of wearing my PJs around the house after 7am even at the weekend. The very idea of it hahaha.

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