Well hello! It’s a strange new world we’re living in right now and something that I know I’ve never experienced or even imagined experiencing in my lifetime. I’m going into my fourth week of self-isolation and working from home. My company made the decision pretty early to close the office and set everyone up at home. Mentally I’m doing okay! I’m trying to stay positive and soak up the wonderful little things that happen each day. For me personally, I’m trying to make the most of this period…enjoying down time with my loved ones, pressing reset and doing the things I haven’t had the time to do since starting full time work.
So, since everyone is pretty much in the same boat, I thought I would share some of the ways that I’m staying sane during COVID-19 and what is keeping me smiling!
1. Fun deliveries!
As lame as this sounds, I don’t get a lot of post…I never did really besides the odd bank statement and birthday cart from my grandparents. But I’ve been ordering a couple of fun things and necessities online and it’s kind of like a present to me from me…it’s the little things isn’t it.
2. Listening to Podcasts
I’m really missing the buzz of being in my office with my colleagues. Even though I live with my family, working alone in my room is definitely harder than I thought it would be.
So for me, listening to Podcasts is really refreshing and I’m enjoying having the background noise to be honest. I listen to Podcasts normally on my commute or when I go for my lunchtime walk!
Right now, I’m listening to:
- This Might Get Weird (Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart)
- Things You Can’t Ask Yer Mum (Lizzy Hadfield and Lindsey Holland)
- Confidently Insecure (Kelsey Daragh)
- We Bought a House (Claudia Sulewski and Finneas)
- The Estée Lalonde Show (Estee Lalonde)
- It’s not technically a podcast, but I noticed recently that Spotify has created a playlist called The Daily Drive. I think it’s inspired by listening to the radio when you’re driving to work. But the best part for me is that in the mix is short little bursts of News Podcasts. There’s so much constant negative news at the moment so these little bursts are a great way to stay up to date with what’s happening but not getting fixated on the anxiety-inducing negativity.
- There’s no new episodes right now, but I also love The Teacher’s Pet (The Australian)
3. Clearing out and cleaning up!
Yes…I’m at that stage in quarantine madness…I’M CLEANING MY ROOM OUT. With this in mind, I have started the terrifying feat of cleaning out my wardrobe. I so far have done three drawers and one section of my wardrobe. I’ve also cleaned up my desk and my dressing table which were both embarrassingly atrocious. Since, I’m spending so much more time in here at the moment I just didn’t want the space to feel cluttered and messy.
4. Getting dressed in the morning
Basically every single Working From Home tips blog post or article that I’ve read tells you to get dressed every morning and keep to your morning routine as much as possible. Whilst not every day I feel like putting on jeans or trousers I’ve made a conscious effort to get changed out of my pyjamas, even if it’s into an adorable loungewear matching suit, leggings or my new fun Addidas track pants.
5. Drinking more water (hot, cold I’ll say no more)
6. Making time for exercise
I’m really missing my routine, whether it’s walking from my car to the bus stop or going for a walk around the city in my lunch breaks. I’ve also been doing Reformer Pilates on a Tuesday in an effort to feel stronger and I’m really missing that too. So, because we’re not allowed to attend gym classes and I’m not squeezing in my daily walks, I’m trying to think positive and I’m actually really enjoying finding new ways to exercise.
After seeing it on Zoella’s vlog channel (I think she was doing it last year), I’ve started doing The NHS Couch to 5km, my sister and I did a Retrosweat video (so hilariously fun) and Claudia Sulewski has just released her ‘15 Minute Full Body Workout’ which I did today and it was harder than I thought, but I really enjoyed it.
7. Writing ‘To Do’ Lists
I’m a stickler for writing a list, something about that satisfaction of crossing things off really works for me. So whether it’s on the notes section of my phone or writing things down in my journal I’m writing my lists!
8. Getting Back in the kitchen
I am loving being back in the kitchen (not that I ever really left but just having more time to cook) whether it’s baking up a storm with a Betty Crocker packet mix (don’t judge) or making dinner for the fam.
9. Playing on my brother’s Switch!
I personally haven’t massively gotten on board with Animal Crossing as I don’t reallllly know what I’m doing, but I’ve been playing a lot of Stardew Valley and Mario Kart.
10. Watching Vlogs on YouTube
I’ve really fallen back in love with YouTube again. I really haven’t had time for YouTube recently and I’ve really enjoyed putting it on in the background again (it feels like 2014). My favourite videos to watch are 100% Vlogs – something about watching everyday life is very, very calming.
11. Working from home #WFH
I’m so incredibly grateful to still be working. Getting up in the morning and working has been a bit of a godsend and really helped me feel normal in this non-normal time.
12. Enjoying some gooooood TV
Nothing like binging a good TV show when you’re at home. I’m currently loving Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Stan) and Francesca and I are also watching Will & Grace (Stan) and Brooklyn 99 (SBS On Demand) together.
13. Allll the messaging
I love messaging at the best of times, but as we’re not allowed to see our friends, colleagues and family members – sending a quick text message, DM or WhatsApp has been lifesaving to keep in touch.
If you had a squiz at my New Year’s Resolution post, you’ll know that one of my 2020 resolutions is to read 25 books. Right now, I’m reading Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories which is a collection of LGBT stories and I’m loving it!
15. Video calls!
Whether you’re using Houseparty, Zoom, FaceTime or Skype actually seeing someone’s face and spending that ‘face to face’ time together is so valuable.
16. Playing board games
I love a games night when the world is normal, so spending some time playing board games is lots of fun. My all-time fave is Settlers of Catan.
17. Making my own coffee in the morning!
One of my favourite parts of my morning routine is starting the morning with a coffee! Whether this is enjoying a takeaway coffee at my desk, making coffee at Francesca’s or going to a café for brunch on the weekend. Since I’m not doing any of these things…Francesca got me my own little coffee maker and I think I’ve finally mastered the perfect cup of coffee.
18. Taking happy snaps on my phone!
I’ve started doing 1SE again, and it’s such an easy way to capture little moments. I’m also loving capturing little happy snaps every day as well.
So that’s how I’m keeping semi-sane! It’s a pretty crazy world out there and I think it’s really important that you take care of your mental and physical health during this time. Look after your friends and family and please don’t put too much pressure on yourself, do what feels right for you right now.
I also want to extend a huge thank you to all the essential workers right now, from Doctors, Nurses and Hospital Staff to restaurants and takeaway to Grocery store employees and everyone in between. THANK YOU.