8 things you can do during lockdown

Hi guys,
Today I would like to share with you a few activities which I do during lockdown to keep me busy. Before I get into it I would like to just say that you should feel obligated to do anything if you don't feel like it. We all cope with the current situations differently, so this is just a wee inspiration for people who are looking for something to do.

1. Read a Book
If you are someone like me who likes to read a good book but is also quite busy during their "normal" life now is the perfect time to catch up on all the reading. I managed to read two books since we went into lockdown - one was The inequality and the 1% and the second one was Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones and Healthy which was recommended to me by Linda. I really like books which expand my knowledge, and they teach me something new, and both of these books did so!

2.  Learn something new
You don't need to learn anything extra or groundbreaking. I have, for example, started learning embroidery. I managed to get an embroidery starter kit with patterns and instructions, and it is so much fun! I also try to write my masters dissertation during the day, so it is nice to take a break from staring into my computer and phone the whole. Plus, if I can use these skills to DIY some of my clothes too!

3. Experiment 
You know the thing you wanted to try for so long, but you never had time to do so? Now it is the same! I've been dying to try to make my seitan and nut butter at home but I never really had time or energy to do so until now. I made my first almond butter last weekend, and it was delicious! I also try to cook and make some new recipes, and overall, I just to experiment in my kitchen way more now! FYI I heard if you don't bake banana bread during a lockdown you won't be allowed to go out again 😂

4. Go for a walk or run 
I think this quite self-explanatory - going for a walk or run each day will help you to stay occupied and you will also feel so much better mentally and physically. I know going for a run might feel a bit overwhelming now that everyone turned into a runner (myself included) but remember that this is not a competition. Take it easy and don't compare yourself to others. If you don't enjoy running, just go for a brisk walk or do a home workout or even do some gardening. Your body doesn't know the difference between exercises so just do what makes you happy.

5.  Jigsaw, Sudoku, Crosswords
I know these might be difficult to buy at the moment, but you can maybe try to ask your neighbours or family members if they have a spare jigsaw which they could drop off at your doorstep? My boyfriend's family has lots of different jigsaws which they borrowed us, and we completed 4x different jigsaws already😆 Jigsaw is perfect because it keeps your mind occupied so if you struggle to switch off I would highly recommend that! Jigsaw helped me, especially at the start of lockdown when I felt anxious because I just focused on the jigsaw and switched off from the outside world.  You can also get sudoku or crosswords I believe you can also do these online if you can't buy them somewhere.

6. Computer games and Netflix
If you don't feel like doing anything creative or working out, you should invest in some computer game or watch some good TV series. I've started playing The Sims 4 again, and it is so good! I am also glad that our TV does not have screen time because our one would be pretty high. Some of the movies and TV serious I've watched so far are Ozark, all Hunger Games movies, Westworld, Killing Eve, Tiger King, AfterLife2,  Contagious, all Harry Potter movies and RocketMan.

7. Journaling 
Another thing which I've started doing during lockdown is journaling. I bought this 6-minute diary from Amazon, and it is amazing. You answer and reflect on three different topics each morning and evening, and you also have some weekly questions too. I know this won't be for everyone, but it is great for me because it makes me appreciate all the little things and acts I do during this lockdown.

8. Podcasts 
If you are not into books or TV shows, I would highly recommend podcasts! Podcasts are great if you want to learn something or listen to topics you are interested in! They are also completely for free, which is great if you don't want to pay for books or some subscriptions. My four favourite podcasts are Adulting, Deliciously Ella, Talking Tastebuds and The Plant-Based News podcasts.

That's all the tips I got for you today. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know if you are up to during lockdown. 🌟

Lots of love,
Kat xo

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