I hope you’re all doing okay, I’m so sorry that it has taken me such a long time to write on my blog. I’ve been really busy with different things (some of which I will update you on soon!) and so my blog has taken a pause. But I’m back and I thought you might enjoy a post with a quick update and ways that I’m spending my time during the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.
You don’t need me to tell you how strange it is at the moment. You would never have known at the time I last wrote on my blog that things would take this turn. Firsty, I want to say, I hope you are all okay and coping! It can be so difficult during this lockdown without being able to do the things you normally do. Please message me if you want someone to chat to. Life has been affected in so many different ways for everyone. It would actually be really interesting to hear from you as to how your life has changed! Personally, I have been furloughed and so am not working at the moment which brings positives and negatives. I’m really enjoying the extra time to spend on my hobbies, but equally, I really appreciate how stimulating work is, and I miss seeing colleagues. I’m sure it’s the same for you. Anyway, I’m now going to run through some ideas for how to spend time during the lockdown!
1. Try to stick to a routine
As much as we might hate them, routines are so important. At the beginning of the lockdown I was excited at the thought of being able to have lie ins and pj days every day!! (nothing wrong with them in moderation!) But I soon started to feel a bit sick of that ‘stale’ kind of feeling you get from them – You know what I mean? So I set my alarm for a reasonable time and have given myself the best of both worlds. I’m not getting up super early, but also not feeling like I’m wasting any of the day either. Now if you do enjoy lie ins, then go for it! Incorporate them as part of your routine! But I just felt like not having a bit of a daily plan left me feeling a bit lost.
2. Keep in touch with friends and family
I think I’ve actually kept in touch with some people more than I had done before the lockdown. Which is a really good thing! Especially at the start, I had multiple video chats with my friends which was a lovely way to keep in touch with everyone. It’s so important to maintain relationships with people and to keep in touch. Not only does it do ourselves good, but it is also very thoughtful for whoever you are calling. It’s so lovely to know that someone has thought of you, even if it is just a quick chat or a text message, it shows they care. So why not reach out to someone today and show you haven’t forgotten them?
3. Re-discover old interests or hobbies
This is a very obvious section you would expect to see in this kind of post, so for that I am sorry! I thought it was important to include though. I’ve been amazed how I’ve been able to fill my time with various hobbies, which has been great. For example, I’ve taken up graphic design and have been designing some digital prints and illustrations. It’s been a fabulous way to improve skills and not go mad during the lockdown! I will actually do a separate post about this soon. But it doesn’t even have to be as specific as a new skill, there are so many things you can try. Here are a few ideas:
- Reading (I’ve just installed Good Reads and have been so excited with all the books I can read at the moment!)
- Art (Such as floral watercolour painting, sketching, sewing etc)
- Learning a new language (There are so many amazing apps to help, I use Duo Lingo to help me learning Italian)
- Musical Theatre (There is a lot of stuff on YouTube, for example Andrew Lloyd Webber has been uploading screenings of his musicals – The Phantom of the Opera was on this week!)
- Learning a musical instrument (It is easy to learn basic chords on the guitar, when I was a teenager this entertained me a lot! I used to do songwriting and all sorts)
- Start a blog or a YouTube channel (Blogging is AMAZING! I’ve had YouTube in the past as well which is a great way to spend time)
There are so many more things you could do, but those were just a few I could think of off the top of my head! Let me know in the comments if you think of any others and I might give them a try!
4. Keep fit!
About a year ago, if I’d seen this as one of the points I would probably have rolled my eyes. I don’t enjoy exercise as such, but I do realise the importance of it. You’ve probably seen that there are a number of online workouts available for free during the current crisis, I’ve been doing some of the Joe Wicks videos and they’re really good! And at least we can currently still do our one fitness activity outside each day, just make sure you keep away from people!
I think that’s it really for my lockdown tips. I wanted to keep it short and sweet and not ramble on (which I am very good at doing). As mentioned before, I really would love to chat if you need to vent or share your feelings. It’s been really lovely writing on my blog again, and so I’m sure it won’t be long before my next post!
All the best,