We’re now a week into the second lockdown and for many of us, we have knuckled down and aced our home routines. After my silence during the first lockdown, I thought it would be nice to share my lockdown routine and the little things I’m doing to look after my mental wellbeing.
Compared to the first lockdown, I feel a lot more at ease in this one! I think it’s because we’ve already experienced it once and I’ve been able to reflect back on it and find those small things that helped me get through it. Anything from talking to friends/family regularly to cosying up with a good book.
We all had very different experiences during the first lockdown, some people preferred having time to themselves and shutting the outside world out but for others, it was a very lonely isolated experience. Either way, we all experienced something that we have never had too before and it was just as challenging on the last day as it was the first.
There are many things I think I would’ve don’t differently if I were to relive the first lockdown, not because I regret how I went about it but because I know I could have used my time more wisely. And I guess in a sense that does sound like regret, but personally, I don’t think we should live our lives regretting our past actions, instead, we should be able to look back and learn from them. So that’s exactly what I did this time around!
After what seems like a very long-winded explanation, here are some of the small things I’m going to try and do during this lockdown (or what’s left of it).
- Spend 30 minutes on a Sunday to plan your week ahead and always try and plan something to look forward too – anything from a pub quiz friends or a movie night.
- Create a daily to-do list, this way you have a clear idea of what you need to get done and you can make time for things you want to do/try.
- Make new and exciting things in the kitchen, if that’s baking a cake or cooking something new for dinner. Soul food is the best remedy for slow days!
- Spend a few hours away from any screens, maybe read a book, have a nap (cause we all need a recharge) or go out for a walk.
- Have a dance session when you’re feeling sluggish – blast those tunes and have a wiggle
- Pamper sessions are a must!
- Get dressed up once in a while
One last thing, I want to be clear about one thing, there is no right way to manage your time! Take your time, go at your own pace and try not to force yourself if your body and mind are not in the right place. After all, we’re only human and sometimes we need to tell ourselves that it’s okay to stop and take a break, that it’s okay if we don’t finish all our tasks that day.
I hope you all stay well during this lockdown!
Love Sharuni xx