Quarantine diaries

My time indoors hasn’t been that bad.

I say it’s not bad because its good being in my own space sometimes, however, I was annoyed during the beginning stages by two things; and I say the beginning because these are things I can’t change and therefore had to get over very quickly.

1) Not knowing how long lockdown would last resulting in not being prepared.
2) Having to work during this pandemic.

By preparing, all I did was tell everyone I’m close to I’d see them soon (assuming we’d only be in 4-6 weeks) and I froze my gym membership a week before lockdown started. During lockdown I think it became apparent to all of us that we weren’t prepared (unless you are one of those people that ran out and purchased trolley loads of toilet paper and pasta). Never in a million years did we think we would spend days on end at home. Having a TV, laptop and yoga mat is ideal but I ended up searching the house for weights (which I don’t have) and ended up ordering needed distractions such as a book, puzzle and clothes (clothes due to celebrating my birthday during lockdown). I’ve been grateful for my health and what I do have. I’ve been doing daily workouts, cooking, binging on Lost but of course, we always desire more.

As for working to home, its no fun being a key worker but luckily I’m able to work from home. With the NHS working night & day, people losing jobs and businesses not knowing what’s happening, I had to get over my feelings quickly because I felt guilty for complaining but, it is hard seeing friends and other people off work and enjoying time off.

A lot of people have also struggled with mental health during lockdown but its the exercise that has kept me going…and also watching Come Dine With Me in the mornings every day. This works as my morning motivation and during this time motivation is the most important thing. Another thing that has been keeping me busy is planning for the future, and looking forward to things to do when everything is over.

How’s your lockdown going?

Stay organised – Stay at peace

Whether you tidy your bedroom or keep a diary, staying organised will help you stay at peace and arrange your thoughts.
When you enter a clean, tidy, Ikea looking room there’s an automatic sense of relaxation. That’s a feeling we should all aim to maintain. Having a messy room may be due to personal trait but it can also show that you have had enough or no longer take care of yourself.
Once in a few months, I grab a black bag and have a clear out. Sometimes I even change the layout of my bedroom, leaving a sense of tranquil. If you are depressed or like to spend a lot of time in your bedroom (like myself), having a clear out is the first stage to feeling refreshed and motivated. By having a spring clean we’re protecting our health by cleaning, leading to fresh air and a better night’s sleep; it gets us active and boosts motivation and best of all, we find things that were once lose and gain a sense of accomplishment and happiness.
Once your room is clean and tidy, you can work on finding your peace further. You may have more space to put out a yoga mat, purchase candles and flowers, add a whiteboard with sticky notes, organise items in boxes, whatever you like.
Having a diary or calendar is mentally great for staying organised. If you have low moods or anxiety the best thing you can do to declutter your brain is to write down your daily tasks or a list of what you need to complete throughout the month. The more you do this, the more it will reduce your stress. CBT believe its best to keep busy every day but personally, that’s not necessary. Sometimes we have so many going on that we just need a day or evening alone to just do nothing.
For the past few years, I’ve had a diary and it does all the remembering for me, resulting in me having time and space to think and not stress about what I should or should not be doing on certain days. Think about how you can declutter your life.