We’re now midway into week three of lockdown and it’s all beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day, isn’t it? Commuting to the dining table, taking long romantic walks to the fridge, going shopping in your wardrobe or suitcase… I don’t know about you but this coronavirus lockdown has truly done a number on me. I’m a total homebody and alone time-lover on a regular day, but this has taken things to a new level and taught me (and thousands others, I’m sure) that the key is always in balance. I’m learning new things about myself almost daily, and I think life will be a lot different after this pandemic is over.
Today I wanted to share some of the things that I’m doing during lockdown. What started as a situation cloaked in confusion has become… exactly the same. None of us know when the worse will be here, when it’ll be over, or when we might be able to resume a collective societal norm of living again. I haven’t subscribed to the concept of using this time ‘productively’ at all because, like I mentioned last week, I’m finding it all a bit of a struggle. We’re effectively in survival mode. Nonetheless, I am managing a few low-key activities that aren’t laying in bed and playing Animal Crossing all day.
Napping: There’s truly no shame in taking a cheeky nap during lockdown. On a Friday afternoon, there’s nothing I love more than getting into my pyjamas and having a pre-dinner snooze whilst everyone seems to be doing Friday night drinks on Zoom. At the moment my Friday working day ends at around 2pm, and it’s been a lovely refreshing lift.
Journalling: I’m not journalling daily at the moment because I think the pressure would be too much. Whilst I’m still regularly using my bullet journal (it’s more of a running daily log system than a weekly log system), I’m only writing journal entries once a week. I think it’ll be interesting to look back on in years to come, and it’s really cathartic to offload my messy thoughts.
Breathing fresh air in the garden: Although we’re allowed outdoors once daily for a walk or a run, I’m finding that being out in public during this pandemic is making me incredibly anxious. Going out into our garden and breathing some fresh air for a few minutes each morning and afternoon has been nothing short of game-changing.
Checking in with friends: Isolation has reminded me of what it was like living in Hong Kong and missing my friends and family back home. Video calls are my lifeline at the moment, and this introvert didn’t quite realise how much she loved hanging out with friends and enjoying a cosy coffee or a delicious brunch.
Reading: Although my reading is definitely a little all over the place recently, I’m still prioritising my reading time. I’ve previously shared my reading habits, and I’m trying to keep to my morning and evening reading hours. Interested in what I’m currently reading? Be my friend on Goodreads!
Making Dalgona coffee, and regular coffee: Damn I’m addicted to Dalgona coffee. This South Korean trend has taken the globe by storm and it’s easy to see why! We’re indulging in one on a Friday afternoon to ease ourselves into the weekend. Read my recipe for vegan Dalgona coffee here.
Applying make-up at least once weekly: Last but not least, I’m applying make-up at least once a week. I’ve been averaging two times a week, as I like to start my working week feeling polished for our video calls, but I also wear it on Fridays which are more of an admin and accounting day, followed by a few hours of content creation for the blog.
I hope this post has helped to ease some of your guilt (if it existed!) for perhaps not being as productive as others online. There’s no baking or daily workouts happening here! How are you spending lockdown?