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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Life In Lockdown




Hey guys, long time no blogpost. Sometimes life just gets in the way - I won't bore you with the details of my broken laptop (which I managed to fix by myself and am pretty proud of), but I do want to give you a little life update...


Since my last blogpost, I started a new job as a Supply Chain Assistant for a furniture company which I’m really enjoying. I’ve been working there for a little over a year now, but I have definitely missed blogging. I can’t wait to start posting regularly again now that I can. If you’re reading this, then thank you for sticking with me in my absence.

Life at the moment is pretty strange for us all, and I can’t stop thinking about how what we’re experiencing is quite literally history in the making, so I want to post my own contribution to it on this little corner of the internet.

During lockdown, I’m trying to adjust to this new reality and stay positive. I’m currently on furlough, and I’m trying to make the most of all of this extra free time I have to do things I wouldn’t usually find the time to.

Normally I have plans every weekend, keeping myself constantly busy travelling to London, Leeds or Manchester to meet my friends that live all over. I’m definitely craving that social interaction - in my life I strive off company, and being busy is my normality.

Whilst I'm missing it, I’m also really enjoying taking the time to slow down, regroup, learn a bit more about myself and explore my other hobbies. My bank is definitely thanking me for it, and I’m trying to remember that there will probably never be another time I get paid for doing nothing like this until I retire.



T-shirt - old Missguided
Cardigan - H&M
Joggers - Missy Empire via Depop
Trainers - New Balance

Here are a few of the things I’ve been doing in lockdown that have kept me sane - nothing particularly ground-breaking, but maybe it might give you some inspiration:


Running:

Running is always something I’ve wanted to get better at, and what better time to start? I’ve always wanted to be able to run 5k, so I downloaded the couch to 5k app and did it for 5 weeks. I then tried to run 5k on my own after being nominated for the help for heroes challenge, and surprisingly... I didn’t die. So now I’m just working on my distance and getting my time down, but I’m actually loving it.


Baking:

I can’t say I’ve ever been particularly good at baking, but I saw everyone baking banana bread and I decided to give it a go too. I have to say, I never thought that in a global pandemic we would have a shortage of flour, but I guess everyone has had the same idea. I’ve made two banana breads and some lemon drizzle cake, and surprisingly they all turned out pretty well.


Reading:

Studying english at university took the fun out of reading for me for a long time. After finishing uni, I tried to get back into reading time and time again, but I just never found myself reaching for books anymore. During lockdown, I’ve finally fallen back in love with reading again, and when the weather’s been nice I’ve loved sitting in the garden with a book.

So far I’ve read Little Fires Everywhere, Hot Mess, An American Marriage, and I’ve just started The Couple Next Door. I’d recommend them all if you’re looking for something new.


Zoom quizzes:

Missing my friends has been made so much better by regular Zoom calls together. I swear I’ve never spoken to my friends more than I have in lockdown, and I hope it carries on even when we’re out of it. Each week a different person hosts the quiz, and there have been some hilarious ones with different photo rounds, Facebook statuses, body parts and face morphing.

With some of my other friends I’ve watched live streams of DJ sets, had a bottomless brunch, and played an online version of Cards Against Humanity. It’s definitely made me feel closer to them even though we’re far apart, and I’d recommend doing the same if you’re feeling lonely or missing your friends.


Taking Instagram photos:

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’ve been posting more frequently and with more themed posts. I’ve been spending more of my time creating quality content, which is something I’ve always enjoyed but haven’t had the time for. To some people this might seem pointless, but it’s given me a real sense of purpose over the last few weeks and something to get ready for in the morning.


Watching new series:

Usually I’m not very good at watching TV series, I watch single episodes at a time and never really binge watch programmes. That has definitely changed during this lockdown. I’m loving watching programmes I’ve always wanted to but never got round to. My absolute favourite recently has been Normal People - if you haven’t watched it yet then make sure you do. I read the book on holiday last year, and the adaptation is perfect. I’ve obviously also been loving Disney+, rewatching Lizzie McGuire episodes I used to be obsessed with when I was younger has made me so happy.


Getting organised:

Getting organised always makes me feel so much better when I’m having a down day, and spending more time in my bedroom also motivated me to get it all in order. Over the course of a few days I had a huge clear out of my clothes and shoes, I rearranged them all in my wardrobe, cleared the rubbish that was on top of my wardrobe and under my bed, and then did the same with all of my make-up.

It felt like such a huge task before I started it and I put it off for the longest time, but the satisfaction I felt afterwards made it so worth it. It makes me feel so much better spending my time in a space that is tidy and organised, now I’ve just got to try and make sure it stays that way…



Whilst these are all things I’ve been doing whilst we’ve been in lockdown, I obviously haven’t done them all every single day.

I think social media makes it seem like everyone is being mega productive and making the best use of their time by exploring new hobbies, and it’s really easy to feel like a failure in comparison. But it’s important to remember that everyone has their down days - some days I’ve woken up and done nothing but chill with my pets and watch Disney+ and that’s fine too.

Do whatever you need to do for yourself to get you through this pandemic, because that’s what it is. A pandemic.

There is no ‘right’ way to act or use your time, this is a situation that none of us have ever encountered before, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

If you manage to come out of lockdown having learnt a new skill - that's great. But it's also just as great if you come out having watched six Netflix series.



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