WHAT I’M LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN

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I think spending what will be, 6 weeks minimum in lockdown will have an effect on us all at some point, won’t it? I know for sure it’s made me realise quite a few things, whether that’s personality traits that I have, things I used to do before all this happened. I really don’t want this to come off across as like lockdown has to teach us anything, or come across like I’m one of those super productive beings who never has had down days during this, because that’s definitely not true. I’m feeling such a range of emotions every single day, as I know you are too. Anyway that being said, I wanted to reflect on a few things I’ve realised since this all started.

home is still my happy place

Even though we’re spending so much more time at home now than ever before, I still love being at home. I’ve always been a homebody, but I do like to go out and about everyday, because lets be honest, it makes coming home even better. I can tend to get a bit stir crazy spending too much time at home, so I’ve been keeping myself occupied by doing lots of baking, painting, yoga etc. which definitely helps.

we are all the same

I know some of us are in different situations to others (a massive shout-out to any key workers out there who are on the front-line) but one thing this pandemic has made me realise is that we are all exactly the same. Everyone going outside their houses for the 8pm #clapforcarers every Thursday just really gives me a great sense of community, and reminds me that we are all trying our best right now, and hoping for the best outcome possible.

slowing down can be a good thing

Now that we’ve been at home for the last few weeks, it’s definitely made me slow down more, as I’m sure it maybe has for you too. To be quite honest, I’ve enjoyed not feeling rushed about making sure weekends are packed with activities, and just having a slow morning spend pottering around at home instead. Running around trying to achieve everything in one day suddenly doesn’t happen anymore, and it’s kind of nice in a way. When this is all over, that’s something I want to really remember and try to keep going when I’m able to.

Has this lockdown made you realise anything?

WHAT TO WATCH/READ/DO WHILST SELF-ISOLATING

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Since we are a good few weeks into self-isolating, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon, I thought I’d compile a big list of my favourite shows/books/podcasts/hobbies that you can dip in and out of, and come back to this post if you need some inspiration or you’re feeling a bit ‘meh’. All of these things are proving to me such a great distraction to me right now, especially because the news is so tough to see at the moment. I think reading a few chapters of a good book before bed, or enjoying a cup of tea sat outside whilst listening to a podcast are all things that can add small joys into our days, and we need them more than ever right now. So, lets go..

TV SHOWS

  • You (Both seasons on Netflix)
  • Love is Blind (Netflix)
  • Jane The Virgin (All seasons on Netflix)
  • Grace & Frankie (Netflix)
  • Workin’ Moms (Netflix)
  • Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Amazon prime)
  • Race Across The World (BBC)
  • The Nest (BBC)
  • The Split (BBC)
  • Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (Netflix)
  • The Stranger (Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Locke & Key (Netflix)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • The Circle (Channel 4)
  • Gogglebox (Channel 4)

 

BOOKS

  • Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • Small Great Things
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • The Giver of Stars
  • An American Marriage
  • Eve of Man
  • Vox
  • So Lucky
  • The Cows
  • The Girl He Used To Know
  • The Light We Lost
  • In Five Years
  • Mixtape
  • The Jetsetters
  • The House We Grew Up In

 

PODCASTS

  • Sh*gged Married Annoyed by Rosie & Chris Ramsay
  • One Step by Ingrid Nilsen
  • Yoga Girl Podcast
  • Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
  • The Fringe of It By Charlotte Jacklin & Liv Purvis
  • Deliciously Ella Podcast
  • Things You Can’t Ask Yer Mum By Lindsey Holland and Lizzy Hadfield
  • Get Your Glow Back by Madeleine Shaw
  • What I Know Now by Amelia Liana
  • Talking Tastebuds by Venetia LaManna
  • Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker
  • How To Fail by Elizabeth Day

 

10 (more) THINGS TO DO IN SELF-ISOLATION:

  1. Exercise. Whether that’s on your daily walk or at home, it honestly will make you feel so much better.
  2. Start a craft project. I’ve got a scarf knit-kit that I’m really looking forward to do!
  3. Bake something tasty. I’ve made banana bread, easter nests and cookies so far.
  4. Declutter and re-organise your home. Don’t forget to pop on a good playlist!
  5. Create. Whether that’s writing a blog post or an Instagram picture.
  6. Facetime a loved one. Always a highlight of my day.
  7. Have a movie night. Re-watch one of your favourites for ultimate cosy vibes.
  8. Give yourself a pamper. Hair wash, face mask, manicure- the lot!
  9. Switch up your social media. Have a look at who you’re following and maybe find some new accounts.
  10. Make something for somebody else. Whether that’s a care package or posting a book to a loved one, it’s so nice to do.

 

How are you doing in self-isolation right now?

7 GOALS FOR MY 27TH YEAR

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For the last few months, I’ve been compling a list of my ’30 things before 30′ on the notes app on my iPhone. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I love goal setting, and to be honest, I just really like the idea of setting a certain amount of goals before turning 30, which I’ve always thought of as such a pivotal age. Maybe I’ll get there and not care one bit about any of these things, but I’m using it as a fun challenge. Plus, some of the goals on there are just dream life stuff, that will never happen but I’m manifesting anyway (i.e meet taylor swift, travel first class etc!) This week I turn 27, so I thought I would give myself a focus of 7 things on my list this year.

Run a 10k race
This one I should be doing in July, but we’re not too sure whether it will still be going ahead. I did run my first 10k the last week though, so I have done it and that feels so good to say. I do want to do an ‘official’ race though, because you get a medal and I’ve never had one of those before, lame but true! I would love to start doing a couple of 10k races within the next year.

Get a second ear piercing
I was supposed to do this a few months ago but I was ill when we had arranged it, and then we had it planned but the UK went on lockdown. This should be a pretty easy goal, but I am a massive fainter, and really weak stomached, so it does have potential to become an ordeal!

Hit 10,000 Instagram followers
This definitely won’t happen I don’t think, but it’s good to aim high! Obviously I know that numbers are not the be all and end all, but theres just something about that number isn’t there? I’m really proud of the stuff I’m putting out on my feed though, and I know that’s the most important thing.

Have pink hair
Again, not a totally serious one, but I’ve seriously wanted pink hair for years! I’m not talking full on pastel, just little strands of pink with my blonde hair would look so cool. I want to get one of those semi-permanent ones that fade after a few washes for summer.

Re-read my favourite book, Eat Pray Love.
I haven’t read it since the first time I did when I was 17, and it was a real life-changing book for me. I was really intruiged about things the book covers, like self-love and meditation, and I can clearly remember being so hooked into this story. I hope it still feels as good reading it ten years later.

Master crow pose
I swear I’ve been trying to do this yoga pose on and off for about 5 years, but I basically have really bad arm strength, so it’s never quite happened. This year is the year!

Read 100 books in a year
This is quite a lofty goal, last year I read 66 books. I’m currently on my 28th book of the year, and we’re four months in, so maybe I can do it. We’ll see, I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself.

Do you have a 30 before 30 list? I’d love to hear about it!

MY GOALS FOR APRIL

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Well, March has been the strangest month, EVER so far hasn’t it? I can’t quite believe how long March has lasted, and what is currently going on in the world doesn’t really make any sense. Given that none of us are leaving the house, this month’s goals are very home orientated. I’m also not putting too much pressure on myself to smash them out of the park, doing my best whatever that looks like everyday is enough right now.

MARCH RECAP

Cut down screen time. I had a few days offline this month, and they actually felt really needed to be honest. I was getting to the point where I was sort of not looking forward to (dreading is too much on a harsh word) going online, and I knew then that I needed to have a little break. It definitely worked and I ended up feeling so refreshed, and excited to go back on Instagram. I have been trying to be more mindful ever since of my usage, and bring it down slightly, which is working so far and feels really good too. It also makes me feel more creative, like I have more time to focus on my own content instead of consuming so much of others’.

Treat myself. It feels about 273187 years ago, but at the beginning of March I treated myself to a full body massage, which felt amazing. I feel like my body is aching more than ever recently because of all the running I’ve been doing, so it felt so good to treat it. Massages feel like such a luxury but I honestly believe they are so good for our bodies.

Be more present. Thanks to being offline last weekend which I mentioned earlier, I feel like I was a lot more present this month. And to be honest, because of all the crazy things going on right now, we really have no choice but to be present, really. When everything gets a little bit much, I try to notice back to my breath, and find some calm. I’m also really getting into ASMR!

APRIL GOALS

Keep creating. Like I said previously, the more time I’ve been spending offline, the more creative I’m feeling. I really want to keep that up for April, I’m really happy with the content I’m putting out lately, so hopefully that can continue. I feel like I’m in a good place creatively right now.

Keep positive. It’s so easy to slip into a negative mindset with the state of the world, but I’ve been making a forced effort to stay positive, and really count up those little joys even more now than ever. Getting outside once a day feels such a luxury now, and having quiet moments of contentment at home are more special than ever before.

Be kind to myself. Of course, we are all going to have days where we feel a lot more down than others. On those days, I want to be extra kind to myself. Not berate myself for not eating enough vegetables. Not hating my skin if it’s got a breakout. Not saying unkind thoughts to myself because I feel like I ‘wasted’ a day. Kindness is cool, so lets extend that to ourselves too.

Do you have any goals for April?

A MID-WEEK CHECK IN/HOW I’M CURRENTLY FEELING

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Well what a strange time we’re having in the world at the moment? I haven’t been blogging this week, purely for the fact like I’ve felt like I’ve had nothing valuable to say. I’m just muddling along with this like you are. But I know reading how others feel, makes me feel better, like I’m not alone, so I wanted to come on today and do a little mid-week check in, and how I’m currently feeling. Of course this goes to say, I’m following all the government guidelines to stay safe and help the rest of the world stay that way too. Please do the same, as I’m sure you lovely lot already are!

What’s working this week:

  • Making the most of those once a day walks. The weather we’ve had recently has been amazing, gorgeous blue skies with sunshine, and I know for sure it’s been really helping me feel better. Yesterday I went out for a run, and I’ve been walking Harvey on the other days. Thankfully we live in a quiet town so we haven’t seen many people, and when we do we of course keep our distance.
  • Having small rituals to rely on. Such as sitting outside for a cup of tea, doing a face mask and evening pamper, making sure I’m having a few hours completely off my phone. Those little things that keep me feeling uplifted are even more important now.
  • Staying positive. I feel really lucky that I can still spend time with my mum, stepdad and Dan, and that we have Harvey too. Gratitude lists are really key at this moment in time, I feel so fortunate that none of us currently have any symptoms.
  • Staying connected. I’ve definitely been relying on social media this week, and it definitely does help. Staying connected to my family on Facetime is also a great pick-me-up and something I’ve been doing a lot of. (Although don’t go on Twitter, it’s far too much for me on there!)
  • Keeping busy. Luckily I can still go into work because there’s only my mum and stepdad in the office (who I’m with at home) on some days of the week, which I feel fortunate about. I don’t really have any ‘work’ that I can do at home, so when I am home, I’ve been keeping myself very busy around the house doing bits and bobs.

What to improve for next week:

  • Less news. Ideally, I’d only like to watch the daily updates from our prime minister, but of course some days go astray and you end up on all sorts of websites in a spiral of doom. Definitely want to do less of this, next week.
  • Worry less. This probably won’t happen, but I’m adding it on here anyway. In such a strange time, it’s bound to make us worry, but I know that it affects my sleep, so I’d like to try and switch it off a little bit, especially before bed.
  • Lists. I’ve started doing to-do lists for each day (which is something I’ve always done to be honest) but I want to stick to them a bit more next week and also, try and find new things to add so it doesn’t get boring and I don’t get demotivated.

 

How are you feeling this week?

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