So I had aimed to write this blog post a few weeks ago when we first went into lockdown. But I’ve found it so difficult to find motivation for just about anything productive recently. So here I am on week whatever of lockdown; I’m trying to embrace the situation and I’m here to encourage others to do the same (and also provide some isolation reading to help pass the time- you’re welcome).
It’s been a daunting month or so for us all and this whole situation is something I’ve found hard to wrap my head around. I suppose I’d have been quite naive to think the virus wouldn’t impact me at the start of all this (silly I know) but a global pandemic is really not what I had anticipated at the start of this year!
For me; the reality of isolation didn’t really hit until the second week or so. The “oh this is really happening” realisation came in and even though I feel like I haven’t been very productive recently, I’ve kept to a routine most days and found a few things that have helped during isolation and distracted me away from my phone for at least a little while.
Exercises/ home workouts: At around 10am most mornings a group of us do a FaceTime exercise session- it’s good fun and also gives us all something to wake up and get out of bed for- you can create a group call on Facetime or on Facebook messenger. It’s also great to get creative with your weights- we’ve found bottles of screen wash and wine/prosecco have worked well for us!
Here’s an example of what we did the other day and if you’re struggling for other exercise ideas I’d recommend following some fitness insta accounts; my current faves are @oliviaostrom @whitneyysimmons and @gabbydawnallen.
Listen to your favourite songs: I find this really helps to boost your mood, especially in the mornings when you probably don’t really feel like dancing or singing. I usually listen to some of my favourite songs in the shower and I’ll put them on even if I really don’t feel like it because 9/10 times it’ll cheer me up.
Go for a short walk: I’ve got into the habit of going for 30-40min walks most afternoons. It’s so refreshing and I’ve started leaving my phone at home or putting it on do not disturb as it forces me to have a break from technology for a little while and I think that’s really important.
Eat what you enjoy: Use this time to make your favourite dishes, brush up on your baking skills or practise making new meals. Don’t feel guilty for not eating as healthily as you feel you should or normally would. It’s hard to stick to anything in such a difficult time, so eat what you enjoy and don’t be too hard on yourself.
FaceTime/ text/ just keep in contact with friends and family: I can’t stress this one enough. We really are all in this together and I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated and missed my friends and family quite as much as I do now that we can’t see each other. So; let go of any grudges or pettiness, send a text, email or even a letter. It goes further than you might think and it’s just what everyone needs right now.
Lastly; it’s important to remember this isn’t a forever situation. It’s frustrating not knowing when it will end but just keep in mind that it eventually will and when it does the world will be a much more humbled place and we’ll appreciate everything and everyone just that little bit more.
Every day we wake up is a day closer to everything being back to normal so let’s keep positive!
Peace & Love- Freya x
Written by Freya Howie, a Maison de Choup Blog Contributor, ex-student.