There are many ways to deal with coronavirus depression: Zoom family calls, remote therapy sessions, online shopping.
Or, you could take some hot selfies and post them online.
“Catching thirst and getting attention is totally taking me through this quarantine!” Michaela Shae LaGeese tells The Post. In recent weeks, the 29-year-old has been filling her Instagram account with sexy photos showing off her abs and arms on Instagram. “It’s amazing what a little mascara and a good photo can do for you and your self-esteem.”
Rather than languishing in week-long sweatshirts, dozens of sexy bachelors, and even some celebrities, including Lori Loughlin’s influential daughter Olivia Jade and Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt, are taking advantage of her extra time at home to take photos. tempting for fanatical followers. on social media. And while the surge in selfies may seem short-sighted during a pandemic, a University of California Irvine study found that taking selfies is actually related to feeling less alone, something experts agree we all should strive for now.
“If there was ever a time to increase self-esteem, it would be now, during these difficult times,” says Shaudi Adel, clinical director of Centered Mind Therapy, a virtual therapy company. She says that in these crazy circumstances, thirst traps can be a powerful form of therapy. “Selfies can be a version of a positive statement, such as” I am enough “or” I am beautiful “or” I accept myself as I am right now. “
That’s why LaGeese, from Nashville, Tennessee, started posing for her camera. When the masseuse began to isolate herself on March 20, she felt like she was becoming a television junkie.
“I lay down, watched too much Netflix, and joined the ‘Tiger King’ train,” he says, referring to the successful Netflix docuseries. “After about a week and a half without discipline or schedule, I felt pretty bad about myself and needed to do something.”
So she started following some Instagram fitness models to get inspired, cook meals, and exercise. Soon, she returned to a healthy routine and felt herself.
“I didn’t intend to take a ton of photos, it just turned into that,” says LaGeese, who has posted nearly 20 seductive portraits to Instagram since April 2, mostly from her training routines. “I enjoyed the attention I received from my friends and complete strangers, and I am gaining confidence in myself and in my image.”
Practice has lifted her spirits more than ever.
“In the past, a series of liars and cheats had shaken me up, leaving me feeling broken and unwanted,” she says. “Now dressing up and making myself look good has helped me stay in touch with being in love with myself.”
For Miller Pyke, 28, “Taking hot snapshots gave me that spring feeling,” says the Brooklyn resident, who recently posted a series of dazzling mirror photos on Instagram. In spring, “we can take off our winter coats, show off our bodies for revenge, and finally remember why we live in New York City.”
Showcasing her findings in thrift stores has also been a “fun distraction,” she says, to “keep me motivated and give me something to look forward to once we’re out of quarantine.”
Olivia Pudelko, 25, a sustainable fashion brand owner, loves taking selfies as a way to connect with people while locked in her apartment alone.
“If I feel lonely, it is definitely good to have an answer after posting a picture,” says Pudelko, who runs Western Affair. “It’s so easy to stay in pajamas or lounge wear, but putting together an outfit or a look, even if it’s just for you or your Instagram friends, changes the way you see yourself and what you think you are. able”.
The photos also come with other perks, including lustful DMs of potential post-pandemic love interests.
“[My] The thirst traps have woken up some hungry wolves on Instagram, ”says LaGeese, laughing.