During this time of uncertainty and self-isolation, things can get boring, lonely and even anxiety-provoking for some. Today is the third full day since the UK government put the country on lockdown, and I’ve been struggling to not be bored, if I’m completely honest, but I’m coping better than expected. It puts so much into perspective: there’s so many little things we take for granted, like popping out to town quickly, or grabbing a coffee with friends. I’ve tried to keep myself busy these past few days (follow my Instagram stories for more inspiration!), and hopefully these ideas will inspire you a bit:
- Go for a walk: probably my favourite thing right now. Make use of your one daily exercise outing and get some fresh air. I love nature, so just going to my local park makes me so happy and feel so refreshed.
- Exercise: I’m not a massive fan of exercising, but it’s slowly growing on me, especially home workouts (which is perfect right now). My favourite home workouts at the moment are on Joe Wicks’ channel (aka The Body Coach): he explains them amazingly, they’re all in real time, very much achievable, motivating and accessible for all ages! Other forms of exercise could include cleaning the house or dancing to music in your room: anything that keeps you active.
- Baking: if you can find the ingredients (never thought there’d be such a struggle to find eggs during a pandemic), try taking up baking! Yesterday, I made a banana loaf and it was so easy to make and most importantly, so tasty!
- Facetime friends/family: the best way to get through this is to stay connected! In this day and age, it’s so easy to connect online if you can’t see people. Just make sure you do! Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp message/voice call them. Anything!
- Take up a new hobby: this could be anything from yoga, to embroidery, to painting, to drawing, to gaming.
- Learn/play a musical instrument if it’s available to you: it’s not only fun, but mentally stimulating.
- Get creative: creative activities such as writing, editing videos and making mini movies, scrapbooking, colouring etc are so enjoyable and a great pastime with sometimes incredible results. Give it a go!
- Binge a TV series: look at my Netflix recommendations post for inspiration!
- Spend more time with a furry friend: if you have one at home, play with your pet or if possible, take them on a walk.
- Take more time for self-care: check out my previous post for some self-care tips.
- Make new playlists
- Rearrange and/or tidy your room/house.
- Read: a relaxing and stimulating pastime.
- Relax: for all those that are anxious throughout this time, you need to find ways to relax. Try practicing breathing exercises and mindfulness. There’s so many different apps and websites that can help with this.
I hope this has given you all inspiration to try and tackle these upcoming weeks. It is a difficult time, but try not to plan to far in advance: things are changing every day, just take each day as it comes. As I mentioned before, if you need more inspiration or just something fun to watch, check out of Instagram stories at @itsmonicaagiuliani. The NHS and Mind websites have great inspiration too. Stay indoors as much as you can and stay safe.