If you’re from the UK then, like me, you’ll be in lockdown 2.0 or 3.0 depending on where you’re based. Other countries still have restrictions of varying degrees too, so I thought I’d share some things that are keeping me going at the moment. Hopefully, this blog post will give you some inspo to fill your time with some new activities 🙂
Daily walk + podcast session
Honestly, my daily walk + podcast sessions are the main thing getting me through lockdown. I’m so grateful we are allowed outside to exercise and I’m taking full advantage of my allowance. I’ve already posted about some of my favourite podcasts, but my current go-to’s are: Émotions (Louie Media) and Transfert (Slate.fr). Both are in French, though, because I’m on a mission to get back in touch with my French side, so they might not be for you.
I try to write everyday. Not simply for uni, but for myself. Be it journalling, blogging, writing an article for The Student (Edinburgh University newspaper) or any other medium… I’m in. For me, writing is so therapeutic, especially when it’s about something I’m interested in. I also like writing little short stories when I have the time – just for fun, but it gets the creative juices flowing.
I know, I know. I shouldn’t be encouraging you to use your phone… but equally, Tiktok is the one app that always leaves me feeling better than before I went on it. It makes me laugh (a lot), I like watching some videos for inspiration, and I even enjoy making my own. It’s like your own personalised interactive magazine which I think is quite cool.
If you’re at home for lockdown with your parents – like me – then I highly suggest playing some board games with them. Scrabble is our current favourite, but whatever your family enjoys will do the trick. Obviously you can do this with your friends if you’re living with them, but I find it’s a good way of encouraging us to spend time together. Otherwise, I spend most of my days by myself doing work or facetiming friends and I don’t get much direct human contact.
Last week, we made a Thai Yellow Curry from one of Deliciouslyella’s cookbooks and it was honestly d i v i n e. I find I can get stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to food, often eating the same 5 meals on rotation, so now is the time to try something new. Putting time and effort into your food is (almost) always worth it.
yoga with adriene
Aka the queen of yoga. Every January she hosts a 30-day yoga challenge and this year’s one focuses on the power of the breath. You can find it on YouTube – I highly recommend it. Most videos are a good balance of stretching, strengthening, and softening.
Well, given the current climate which has turned lots of plans to sh*t, I’m resorting to dreaming about the future. Creating post-uni plans, visualising and manifesting my goals, putting steps in place to achieve them… It’s lots of fun and gives you something to aim for. A good time spender too.
Anyway, that’s all for today’s blog post. I hope you enjoyed this little round-up!