We’re now in our 8th week of lockdown in the UK. Working from home is the new norm for many, along with baking truckloads of banana bread and gorging on Netflix series.
At the beginning of lockdown, social media was flooded with home workouts, side hustles and working from home in the most productive way possible. My response? No, thank you.
My determination to not follow the crowd was weak and short-lived! Here are a few of the things I (and many others) are doing with the extra time that lockdown has given us.
Wellness, health and meditation are at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. Yoga is a sure step in the right direction for a calmer mind and more flexible and strong body. Now I have been to one or two yoga classes in my life and haven’t exactly enjoyed them. Yoga and I do not mix.
Fortunately, one of my friends is a qualified yoga instructor and is running Yoga sessions via Zoom. The first beginners session was fab – not only did I not have to tie my body into undoable knots, I actually felt a lot more relaxed and stretched out! Here’s an activity I hope to continue when lockdown ends. *Queue deep instagram posts of myself in the lotus position*
For the many in rented accommodation, there is the frustration of having to report maintenance issues and wait for a handyman to come over (especially in this climate where wait times are often weeks). The answer? DIY!
I am not a handy person by any means, but I know how to use a screwdriver. Building one of the many flat pack furniture items we’ve purchased is a doodle. Broken door handle? I’ve got it! Loose plug socket? Sorted. Boiler on the blink? Ring a professional, I’m not that good.
I have been doing a LOT of scrolling recently and came to the realisation that a lot of the people and pages I follow don’t actually add value to my life. Would it kill me to unfollow some of the meme pages I follow? No. Do I really want to keep tabs on the lives of some secondary school friends? Definitely not. That random person I met once in the club who was convinced we were going to be life-long friends? Bye bye.
Not only is my insta feed now a lot “cleaner”, it felt damn good to (figuratively) delete some people from my life. And breathe!
Now that I don’t have a commute to worry about, I can spend a bit more time in the morning and evening actually looking after my skin. Pre-lockdown, my skin care routine was very much “all the gear and no idea”. Bottles of cleanser and toner would go unused for weeks.
My best friend inspired me with her skin care routine which was dermatologist approved and recommended. Now my skin feels soft and supple and I actually enjoy the routine. It helps me get prepared for the day and wind down in the evenings. The secret?
– Eye Cream
– Protect (SPF)
For some reason, I find committing to blogging regularly harder than sticking to a chocolate-free diet. With more time on my hands I will (hopefully) write more. However, writing about anything other than lockdown and Coronavirus doesn’t feel quite appropriate right now. Let’s see how things go!
Hopefully this may have given you some ideas as to how to pass time during lockdown. Not that there is a right way to pass the time. Do whatever you feel like doing. Whether it’s stay in bed all day and consume your body weight in chocolate or run a marathon every week and meditate. There is no right or wrong way to live life – whether we’re in lockdown or otherwise.
The most important thing right now is to stay safe.