I think I can speak for everyone when I say that self-isolation is mind-numbingly boring and yes I know, boredom is the least of our problems right now. But if you are like me and struggle keeping your spirits up when you have nothing to do then I hope this post helps you a little. Okay so I am going to brutally honest I am spending my Saturday with full glam makeup on just to have a laptop day with Harry. And are we drinking at 3pm? Yes. I am literally tipsy writing this post – will I edit this bit out who knows? Please tell me we are not the only ones combatting self-isolation with copious amounts of alcohol. Right, onto the blog post with tips that don’t involve afternoon drinking.
Write a to-do list
I am quite lucky that I am able to work from home during the week, so I only really need to occupy myself on the weekend. I bloody love writing a list, I tend to be more productive when I have a list to follow and please tell me I’m not on my own when I say ticking things off is so satisfying? It is so easy to sit in front of the TV for 15 hours a day and binge Netflix, BUT we need to stay busy and look after our minds, so plan your day out and complete all the little jobs you have been putting off.
Find a new hobby
Let’s be real, I definitely do not win the award of the most consistent blogger. But since isolating I feel so motivated to work on new content and for those who don’t have a hobby, do a bit of googling and discover something new. Read a book, download a new game, learn how to play an instrument, bake a cake, learn a new language. Especially if you are currently out of work, it is important to do things that give you a sense of achievement.
Have a spring clean
Our flat has never looked so clean and organised – I think I have re-arranged our kitchen cupboards about five times now. Me and Harry (mainly Harry) have recently had a big clear out of clutter and DVD’s that were just collecting dust, and it’s now sat in a big pile for the charity shop. I am no Mrs Hinch, but this week I have cleaned every inch of the flat – what a good housewife I know. It’s mad how dirty taps, windows, fridges can get but you just ignore it. I have also had a digital clean, and by that I mean I have cleared my inbox of irrelevant emails, unsubscribed from YouTubers that I no longer watch, uninstalled apps I never use and delete peoples numbers from my contact list.
Dedicate a day to self-care
Having self-care days are my absolute favourite, especially if I am feeling a bit under the weather. Throughout self-isolation, I think I have only worn makeup twice but on those two days, I have felt so much happier and not as sluggish. I am now making sure that on the weekends I dedicate time to pamper myself by having a bath, paint my nails, do my makeup and wear something that isn’t joggers and a jumper. It somehow gives me the illusion that life is sort-of normal and also reminds Harry that I can actually look good and not a frizzy-haired mess all the time.
Get that vitamin D
I cannot stress enough how important it is to make the most out of your government-approved walk or if you don’t want to go out, spend the afternoon in your garden. Getting some fresh air always makes me feel so much calmer and motivated to achieve more. The weather has been very kind to us recently so I am keeping the windows open as much as possible and it is so refreshing. Hearing the birds tweeting, people talking, cars driving past makes me feel less alone.
Have an indoor date
I am quite lucky to have Harry to isolate with as I know a lot of couples are struggling with the distance. As I said earlier on in this post, throughout the week we are chilling in loungewear, but we have dedicated a day to dress up nicely and have a date day. It seems silly wearing something glam when there is no-where to go, but having something special for dinner, a few drinks and a game of cards is such a good way of recreating a pub date. If you don’t live with your partner, then why not have a date over Facetime?
What have you been doing to keep yourself busy? I hope you all enjoyed this post and you are staying safe.
Until next week,
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