5 Ways I've Been Keeping Busy During Lockdown

by - Friday, June 05, 2020

5 ways I've been keeping busy during lockdown
Photo by Taryn Elliott from Pexels

No matter where you are in the world right now, there is no doubt about the fact that life as we knew it has changed in a massive way. We are currently facing a worldwide pandemic. We are all currently living and surviving as best as we can. 

The 'not knowing' what the future may hold or how long life will be like this, is scary. My last official working day seems so long ago and as I sit and type up this blog post, I am heading into week [x] of lockdown with absolutely no idea when I'll be returning to work. 

Just like many of you, I've been trying to enjoy this unexpected time off as much as I can and today I'll be sharing with you the 5 ways I've been keeping busy during the lockdown. 

1. Self Care
I think this is the most important! I can honestly say, I feel like I've rediscovered who I am during the lockdown. Rediscovered hobbies I had forgotten about simply because life got in the way. Some may say we should be using this time wisely, to learn a new skill or language, or even start a new business and kudos to you if that is how you have chosen to spend lockdown, you're incredible!! For me, I've been using this time for me. 

I've always been honest with you guys regarding my mental health, whether that's through blog posts or posts on social media. I have suffered from anxiety for over 10 years so you could say it's a huge part of my life and, I am not ashamed to admit that it has reared its ugly head a fair few times during the last few months (and weeks!) but I've learned not to be too hard on myself. I've learned that it's good to have regular breaks from the internet. And most importantly, that it really is okay not to be okay all the time.  

2. Reading and Writing
I absolutely love reading and writing. I have a bookshelf bursting at the seams with books I've had for years and haven't gotten round to reading, ideas I've had for years to write my own book but haven't written anything since the age of 15-16 simply because "I haven't got the time", which in hindsight isn't true at all. We all have time. Sometimes too much time. 

I have loved discovering new authors that have sat on my bookshelf for years undiscovered. And I've really enjoyed revisiting notes I took during a creative writing course back in 2014. I can't say you'll be seeing my work in your local WHSmith or Waterstones anytime soon, but I've enjoyed discovering an old hobby I'd forgotten all about. 

I have recently re-downloaded the Goodreads app and set myself a challenge to read 15 books. I'll keep you updated on how I get on. Alternatively, feel free to follow my progress on Goodreads

3. Being Creative
Those of you that have followed me for a few years will already know that I studied Graphic Design for 6 1/2 years. My love for being creative has never gone away, it's just taken a back seat in recent years due to working full time. 

Being pushed into this situation so unexpectedly and finding that I have this overwhelming amount of free time on my hands, I've found my creative spark again. It all started by playing around with a free graphics app on my phone and creating a 'Calories Don't Count During Lockdown' graphic (I wasn't going to feel guilty for the number of snacks I've consumed during lockdown!) and while talking to a friend this soon become a greetings card which I thought would be a great idea to send friends and family during these uncertain times, to bring a smile to their face and remind them that we're thinking of them. 

You may have seen me post my greetings cards on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you'd like to purchase one, they are available now via my Etsy store

4. Baking
It seems every man and his dog has baked a banana loaf during the lockdown and I have to admit, I am no different. Granted, in the x weeks of lockdown I have only made the one (much to S' disappointment...) but I have made a ridiculous amount of pinwheels (cheese and sweet chilli), Chocolate Orange muffins and my most recent bake Bakewell Blondies courtesy of Jane's Patisserie - If you have never visited her blog or followed any of her recipes, you're seriously missing you.

Make it your mission to bake at least 1 (or two!) of her recipes before the end of lockdown. 

My biggest baking achievement during the lockdown has to be the Mario Kart celebration cake I made for our nephew's 6th birthday back in April. He was so disappointed his party had to be cancelled and ingredients had already been purchased so I continued to baked and decorate his cake as planned and delivered following all social distancing and no-contact guidelines. 

His little face made is my heart sing!

5. Getting Back Into Blogging and YouTube
Having all this unexpected time off I've found myself really getting back into blogging and YouTube. Oh, how I've missed them both!

Working full time really does make it difficult to find the time to sit and enjoy the things you love. That is something I'm really going to work hard on once lockdown is over. 

You'll have noticed I've started making small changes to the blog so far, but there is so much more I want to do. I have completely revamped the blog template and logo (what do you think?) and believe it or not, I'm currently working on 5 blog posts!! As much as I loved having a blog schedule 'back in the day' I'm not sure if this is something I'll bring back. I found it a great way to stay organized but personally, I also found it added so much more pressure, especially with YouTube, when the days flew by and I'd realized I'd not filmed a video or finished editing a blog post.

So, we'll see how things go.

I'd love to hear how you're keeping busy during the lockdown. 
Let me know in the comments.

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  1. That Mario cake is amazing, I love it. You should go into business ;) xxx
    Sarah x



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