It’s pretty safe to say, we are all living through incredibly strange times. My thoughts are with all those currently suffering through this crisis, those who have been the most severely affected either through illness or loss.
And it has touched us all in some way. Almost everyone on the planet is currently on lockdown or has been over the last few weeks. The prospect of being stuck in your home for such a long period of time can seem daunting.
You may be like me, with small kids to keep me busier than ever as I try to do my best to home school. Or you may find you have a lot more time on your hands.
So, what are you finding to do during this time? Here are a few things we’ll be attempting at my home, some more realistically than others (I realise I am also entertaining some smaller people, who as many of you will know, have the knack of making sure nothing is ever dull, not even a hot cup of coffee).
Discover new music
We love music in my house so this is a great opportunity to get back into making a bit more time for this. Since we are all at home most of the day, why not have some music playing softly in the background. Make sure to pick whatever makes you happy. There are plenty of apps and tools nowadays that enable you to discover brand new music based on what you normally listen to. Or otherwise, why not explore something completely different! Music is magical and can do a lot to lift your mood so don’t deprive yourself.
Indulge the artist in you
I don’t know about you but I have been sent art work of all sorts (usually via whatsapp groups) showcasing art from some extremely bored individuals. So bored they have been driven to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush and create a picture, something they had not had the time to do in years. I have been very impressed with the results! Besides, art also extremely therapeutic and you may find there is a budding artist in you yet. So get creative.
Take care of yourself
With the hectic lives we so often lead, taking care of ourselves is often the last thing on the list. This means that it is almost always what gets forgotten and what we end up not doing. Big mistake. During these weeks, let’s try set aside an hour here and there to pamper ourselves and take that time out. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated (unfortunately a day at the spa with the girls is not on the cards at the moment). But indulge in simple things like a relaxing bath (with a glass of wine, when was the last time you did that?), add to your daily skin care routine, take a nap in the afternoon (gasp!), basically just be good to yourself for once.
Work your body
Exercise is key to keeping your immune system strong. We’ve been hearing that a lot lately so we know it’s important. But we know it can also become something you enjoy. There’s nothing better than working hard and feeling so proud of yourself afterwards. Even your aching muscles feel good. You can’t go to the gym but if you haven’t tried yoga I highly recommend it. Don’t know where to start? There are hundreds of options on youtube, for all levels and styles. Try it. As an added benefit, exercise is good for your mental well-being as well.
Work your mind
This leads me right into something else I’ve discovered over the last few years but have never done regularly enough - meditation, or mindfulness if you prefer. While you take care of your body, don’t forget your mind. Besides, I feel we could all use some mindfulness to help us relax and control worry and stress. These are not easy times for anyone and we all have our stories and situations that keep us awake at night or cause us enhanced anxiety. Lets keep this under control through a care routine for our minds. And now with this extra time on our hands, we have very few excuses of why we can’t give it a try.
Learn a new skill
We live in an age where there is so much available to us at our fingertips from the comfort of our own homes through the internet. How lucky are we? Why not make the most of it and sign up to an online course? Maybe there’s something you’ve always been interested in but just never had the time to pursue? There will be a lot of free or almost free material out there at the moment too so if you’ve got an interest in something in particular, start doing some research. This is time we won’t get back. I’ve just signed up to a wine appreciation course – at the risk of exposing my love for the stuff. What will you look into?
Enjoy your family
This is probably the best thing we could be doing. And if you are on your own this lockdown, once again modern technology brings us together. Our communication is immediate and visual too through numerous app options. Take the time to call someone you haven’t talked to in ages. Chances are you are probably both stuck at home wondering what to do. If you do find yourself with immediate family, like me, this is a precious time to enjoy. When in the world is this going to happen again? Hopefully not in our lifetime for various reasons, but for now we don’t have a choice so we need to make the most of it.
Well, here are a few suggestions, for whatever it’s worth. We’re all in this together which is rather incredible but maybe makes it a little easier to take. I wish you and yours all the best. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home, until we get through to the other side of this.