Here in Metro Detroit, COVID-19 is affecting all of our lives. In this new series from SEEN, we check in with local influencers to find out how they’re dealing. Beauty enthusiast and new mom Brittany Smith weighs in
By Chelsie Dzbanski
Featured photo via @britt_summer14
1. How has coronavirus impacted your daily routine and life overall?
I’m a stay-at-home mom, so the staying at home hasn’t changed for me, but the fact that I can’t go anywhere (run errands, walk around the mall with Brooke, etc.) has been tough. On the bright side, it has allowed my husband and I to spend more time trying to teach Brooke new things: words/sounds, walking, trying new foods. And with Jon being home majority of the week, it’s allowed me some “mom time” when I need it! So the change has actually been more positive than anything.
2. What are you doing to stay “sane” during this time?
I’ve been walking on the treadmill a lot; it helps with any anxieties/worries I have and is helping me to stay in good physical shape considering all the snacking that’s been going on here 😂 I’m huge into makeup and skincare and I’ve recently taken to making videos and putting a lot of my tips and tricks on my social media/business page… it’s therapeutic for me and it allows me to “get ready” almost every day so that I feel more normal. There’s only so many days I can spend in my PJs, with my hair in a bun and no makeup!
3. What measures are you taking to keep you and your family safe?
We are staying HOME. Everything that comes into our house from stores or deliveries gets sanitized to the max! My husband’s job is considered essential, but thankfully, he’s been able to work out a schedule with his company that allows him to be more part-time for now. The less he’s there, the less exposure. And when he comes home he strips in the garage and goes straight to the shower before hugging any of us. We are already clean freaks so we have turned it up a few more notches all around!
4. Can you share any recommendations for things to do to stay busy, especially for new moms with a baby at home?
Well, being a mom keeps you busy on its own! But I’d say go on walks outside if you can. It’s good for you and most babies love it because there’s so many new and different things to watch and look at. I’ve incorporated Brooke into some of my workouts, which has been fun for both of us and I still get my workout in no matter what. I’ve been able to organize some parts of our house and I just give her a few items from whatever I’m organizing (that are safe) and let her play with them while I organize. She thinks it’s exciting because it’s new and I get to work on a home project…it’s a double whammy!
5. What advice can you give to new moms who may be struggling during this difficult time?
Reach out to someone you feel comfortable with and voice how you’re feeling. Don’t stay quiet if you’re struggling. There’s more of us that struggle more than we know, and it’s NORMAL. I’ve always liked the saying “it’s ok to not be ok.” This is true for every aspect of life and especially when it comes to being a mom. There is no right or wrong way to be a mom. Mom life is so amazing, but mom life is hard! You’re never alone, even if you think you are. Talk to your spouse, a family member, a friend, a coworker…. you’ll be surprised at how much support you will get. Or contact me if you have none of them. I will be happy to provide a listening ear! A good mental state is essential for moms/parents, especially right now, so be vocal and be proactive about what you need and how you feel. It’s the best medicine.
Brittany Smith is a metro Detroit-based licensed esthetician and beauty enthusiast. To learn more, follow her on Instagram at @britt_summer14.