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What to do during lockdown

What to do during lockdown

Hey everyone!

If you’re anything like me, you’re usually always on the go. Since we’re all self-isolating and practising social distancing, you might be finding it difficult to stay indoors and restrict journeys only to go to the supermarkets – unless you’re on the front line of course, and to those that are, I’m sending out a massive thank you for making such a difference.

It’s our strange reality for now but try not to worry, you’re not in this alone. Lots of people, especially thinking of the vulnerable and those with other health conditions including mental health struggles, anxiety, depression – it’s an extremely hard time for us all.

All hope is not lost though, as staying in can be useful for getting odd jobs and things done around the house. I’ll share some of my ideas…

First of all, see this time as a great opportunity to get some uni work done and upload assignments. However, if you’re a student and parent just like I am, you might need to work extra hard while juggling homeschooling and trying to play catch-up with your studies. It can be done, you’ll just have to work out a schedule to fit everything in, but take one day at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.

Try journaling – jotting down your thoughts and feelings can reduce stress and boost your mood. So, if you’re feeling that things are chaotic and you need to get a grip on your mental and emotional health, this one is for you. Put digital devices away and write whatever you need to, by hand!

Do you (like me) have a pile of unironed clothes that never seems to get smaller? I know some people prefer to iron what they need as they go along or not iron at all, but for me, I think I’ll use some of my newfound time to tackle that mountain peak of clothes.

You might not be going out to work but running a comb through your hair, doing makeup or nails isn’t a bad idea – make an effort for you. Wear what you want in your own home, but if wearing joggers and a T-shirt every day does nothing for your mood, switch it up and wear something that’s going to lift your mood.

With the amount of hand-washing we’re doing, it’s leaving my hands dry, so using a well-fragranced hand cream definitely helps as part of a good skincare routine. It’s the little things that matter!

Being at home with my kids is great, we’re spending so much time together and last week the weather was perfect. Since we can’t use the equipment in the parks, we played in the garden, but if you don’t have garden space, going for walks is a nice change of scenery from the living room. If you can’t get outdoors then a nice home workout video is good – we joined body coach Joe Wicks live on YouTube at 9am one of the days last week for P.E..

Now is a good time to try something new and I posted about that in February. Learning a new language, how to cook, how to bake, sew, upcycle or playing a new board/online game is a great way to pass the time.

There’s lots to do while we’re indoors, the main thing is staying safe.

Have a lovely weekend.


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