Updated: May 26
I'm almost 3 weeks into isolation and I am trying not to lose my mind. I was furloughed from work on the 24th March and have pretty much spent the whole time in my house (yes, I know that is the point of quarantine).
Things I said I would do in isolation:
- Go for daily walk
- Work out 3/4 times a week
- Not to snack 24/7
- Re-decorate my living room
- Try to blog more
- Spend more time in the garden
Out of that very short list, I have done absolutely none of them. I'm still trying to find things to keep my mind busy but, I'm sure you will also agree, it is very difficult to keep yourself occupied for all of those hours in the day. I still struggling with the anxiety of not knowing if I will have a job at the end of this - I'm just trying to push it to the back of my mind and remember that there are people in a lost worse situation than I am.
I'm steering away from the news, the figures and the percentages as it is doing nothing for my mental health so I thought I would fill you in on how I have been spending my time.
- Had a crazy moment and dyed my hair pink
- Bought a Nintendo Switch & Animal Crossing (obsessed)
- Watched a lot of Hannah Montana and HSM on Disney +
- Watched Tiger King on Netflix (very strange)
- Cleaned my house top to bottom approximately 7 times
- Full face of makeup for no reason
I'm not even worried about the fact I haven't done half as much as I wanted to. We have no idea how long this is going to go on for so I literally do have all the time in the world.
Things that have helped me during isolation:
- Get out of bed in the morning and get ready. It doesn't have to involve massive amounts of effort but, that little bit of effort to do your hair or face is a great start to the day.
- Get dressed. Who cares if you are going all out just to sit on the sofa? I don't know about anyone else but staying in my pjs can lead to being in them for 2-3 days at a time and it makes me feel rubbish.
- Eat meals at set times. For those who are used to having their lunch break at 1pm or whatever, stick to it. This will prevent missing meals or eating out of boredom (we're all guilty of it!) and it gives you a sense of normality.
- Take up a new craft, read a book or learn a language. Something you have been wanting to do for a really long time but you haven't had the chance.
- Do you. Just because you've seen someone on Instagram post their work outs every day or upload flawless selfies does not mean that you have to do the same. We all have our good days and our bad days and comparing yourself to somebody else especially during this time isn't going to help at all. This is something I constantly remind myself of too. Go at your own pace.
- Check in with your friends. Don't use this time to "test" your friendships or relationships. Not to get too deep but life really is too short and just having someone to talk to will help.
I'm going to leave it there for the time being. I love speaking to new people so my dm's are always open to make new friends or just have a natter. You can find me over at my Insta page.