As a business owner and mother of two, Covid-19 has left many questioning what the future holds. I find my thoughts racing faster than they did the day before. I seem to be instinctively avoiding the news in order to maintain some form of sanity.
My business partner (and best friend) Kristie Lawlor and I opened the doors to House of Glam on October 9th, 2018. Less than a year later we opened our second location. When you’re watching your dreams come to life, I assure you there is no better feeling. However, as leaders in the beauty industry, we made the decision to temporarily shut the doors - with uncertainty.
My family and I are staying healthy and strong while helping to flatten the curve. We go for bike rides and walks, build gardens in the backyard, play games, and read stories as we hang out in our bubble - and yes, we miss our friends and family dearly.
I’ve never studied economics, nor did I ever have an interest to do so prior to Covid-19. Since becoming a business owner, I’ve become more aware of the global economy and the adverse impacts we are going to face.
When I was studying public health, my professors regularly discussed the benefits of acting in the interest of the greater good. Reflecting back on the Industrial Revolution, our class studied the cholera epidemic which led to advances in sanitary conditions. We held debates on various issues such as the anti-vaccine movement and sought to understand public health principles and values that govern decision-making within the system.
I was conflicted. As much as I understood the need to flatten the curve through social distancing, I was worried about how this would affect the economy and mental health - including my two small children. As parents we place a significant value on our children's well-being. We do everything in our power to see that they have a bright future, full of meaningful experiences and heart-warming memories.
I am doing my very best to make the most out of our circumstances. However, I question the short and long-term effects that social distancing will have on our children, clients, friends and family. Will the cost of an inevitable mental health pandemic outweigh the benefits of social distancing? Does the physical health of a population trump mental health?
According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people are suffering from depression, persistent sadness, anxiety, and in some cases, thoughts of suicide. Humans are inherently social beings with the need to feel a sense of identity and belonging, and social distancing has placed a temporary roadblock in the way of our journey.
The current pandemic will inevitably result in a higher incidence of mental health interventions, regardless of age, gender or socioeconomic status. The deterioration of one's mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions, both of which contribute to the burden of disease on global health.
We live in a world that relies on beauty services to enhance our already wonderful, glamorous selves. There are no words to explain how amazing you feel after getting your hair, lashes, or another beauty service done. Beauty services can certainly help you feel on top of the world. It isn’t being vain or foolish; there is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best! When you feel fantastic, you can conquer anything. Let’s get out there and connect with our clients, provide wonderful experiences and services that help them be the best version of themselves they can be.