I want to start this blog by thanking all key workers who are keeping our families safe and keeping the country running. I am so grateful for everything you do.
For us who are lucky enough to isolate safely at home, I’ve compiled a list (with the help of some friends) of how we are spending the time indoors. Please note, we are in a Global Pandemic, so don’t ever feel pressured into “being better,” “getting fitter,” or “changing,” you are absolutely perfect as you are, and you are dealing with this horrendous situation however you need to. Here are just some ways I’ve been spending my time.
- Go for a walk. The UK government is keeping everyone updated on the exercise situ, but as long as you keep to guidelines, grab your shoes/dog/keys/water/sunnies, and head outside for some needed fresh air. One of my friends showed me an app where you can take a photo of a flower and it will recognise what the name is, which is super sweet.
- Make Lists. This is something I am obsessed with. A nice tick off after a long day really makes you feel productive. I am partial to adding things I’ve already done just to feel better, but hey who cares.
- Practice a new language. This is something great if you are feeling productive. I love Duolingo as the phrases you learn are everyday phrases and it’s like a little game, so it’s rather fun.
- Sunbathe. So being from Sheffield having sun is a miracle but for some reason its been out recently. Weird. But who doesn’t love a nice tan? I just wish I’d taken my trainer socks off first. Grab your headphones, play a podcast, and just chill.
- Play Videogames. I know animal crossing is all anyone can talk about on Twitter atm, and I haven’t crumbled just yet. I have been playing The Sims 4 non-stop though. The sale at the minute didn’t help either. I do love random free iPad/phone games though, can’t beat Gordon Ramseys Restuarant Dash.
- Declutter/Redecorate/DIY. If you can get the materials that is. I’ve just redecorated my room but it took so long to get the paint. I think everyone thought, we’ve got the time why not? So if you don’t mind waiting. While you are waiting, why not declutter your wardrobes and give the clothes to someone in need?
- Skype Film Night. This idea came from one of my friends who used to do this in a long-distance relationship. They’d skype and catch up, then play the same movie at the same time, so they would be both watching and could chat about it. Really cute idea and something you can do with friends or significant others.
- Learn a Dance. You can’t move for TikTok right now, so when you can’t beat em? Join ’em! Learn the Savage dance on facetime with your friends, just for a laugh.
- Get your finances in order. While you have some time and are probably spending less, start figuring out how much you spend on takeaways/nights out/online shopping. Or plan to save for something really exciting once everything’s safe again.
- Exercise. I’m not saying, drop and give me 20. Do it for the fun of it! Zumba fun! Pilates can be exciting. There are soooo many YouTubers offering free classes, which you can literally slack off if you get bored. Take it at your own pace.
- Find New Music. I have found so many artists I hadn’t heard before. Snoh Aalegra is my absolute favourite right now.
- Plan out some cute Outfits. Try some different styles out, change up your hair, watch some makeup tips, experiment with your aesthetic.
- Send Love. Now more than ever people are lonely. A quick how you doing today? It doesn’t take long and will mean the world to someone who feels forgotten.
- Catch up on reading. I should be doing my uni reading, but instead, I’ve started The Wives by Lauren Weisberger, the author from The Devil Wears Prada , and am loving it. I head out to the garden, read in the sun. You could even throw your pillows/duvet around and make a cute reading nook.
- Watch TV. I bloody love TV. It’s not even a lazy thing, I just love this visual storytelling, I’ll do a blog about what I’ve been watching recently!
- Paint your nails. I have tiny stubby hands, whenever I paint them they always look much nicer, and it distracts me from biting my nails, which is a real problem.
- Try a new recipe. Cocktails/Dinner/Baking/Smoothie. Whatever you wanna try. Go ahead, try a new tasty treat.
- Sew/Embroidery. Embroidery has become a massive trend which I think is really great, seeing all these cool designs is amazing. I’ve been sewing headbands with buttons (for keyworkers wearing masks), pump bags (for washing), and just started face coverings. My mum is incredible, we’ve been doing it together which is really nice. I will create a blog to show you how to make the headbands/bags!
- Take more photos! It doesn’t have to be of yourself. Think of photography as a skill, what angles work, what lighting looks best, how to get a dog to look at the camera. All important skills.
- Research your future. I’ve been researching a lot of where I want to be, career-wise, life-wise, and how to get there. I started doing it for fun and now I’ve had a little 180 moment, but honestly, we’re just gonna see what happens now.
- Colouring. All my friends love colouring, it’s such a nice, relaxing atmosphere that isn’t stressful or expensive. You don’t even need to buy colouring books, there are so many videos online that help you create patterns.
- Doodling/Drawing. I wish I had an artistic eye, but I’m the most boring artist ever. And that’s okay lol. You don’t have to be Picasso to pick up a paintbrush.
- Work on Social Media. Like the photography idea, think of it as a skill. I restarted my blog insta in April and gained 900 followers since. It wasn’t a quick fix, look at what people are liking, watch how other creators are posting, use times of the day, and connect with other creators to really see the difference. Social Media is a massive career now, so it’s something you could get a job in if you pursue further.
- TikTok. Just lay in bed and enjoy the funny/travel/makeup/fashion/dance videos people have spent the time to create.
- Be aware of current events. I don’t mean to stay on the BBC news page for every single update. I mean be aware of whats going on in the world and how it affects you, to understand the situation rather than scare yourself.
- Photoshoots. Have your own mini photoshoots at home. Take a mirror outside. Hang a sheet as a backdrop. Stick loo roll to your phone. Literally, just have fun with it.
- Offer to help those in need, safely. There’s an unbelievable amount of elderly people who need help. If you are able to safely help them with groceries, or be a friend in a very lonely, scary time, it will mean more to them than you know. Sometimes they have nothing to do bar the TV, so any books or games will be greatly appreciated.
- Clean/Laundry. Sometimes a nice spruce up or finishing a huge load of laundry makes you feel more productive and happier that it’s done. Grab some polish and give the bookcases a wipe, or anti-bac the door handles. This coming from the girl with a gaggle of mugs on her bedside table.
- ASK FOR HELP. You aren’t alone right now. However you are feeling, there is always some there. This is the NHS website with a tonne of numbers to help anyone in need. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
- DO NOTHING. Deal with the crisis however you need to.
This was a much larger blog than intended oops. But I hope it helped pass the time, or give you ideas for something to do. If you ever need someone to talk to, or just want to vent I’m happy to talk. Stay Safe.
All opinions are my own.