Make The Most Of Isolation

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How many of you have spent a whole work week wishing it was the weekend or wishing you had more time to do all the things you really wanted to do? Yet now we are all at home (literally by new government rules) and wondering what on earth we are going to do with all this time on our hands!

I have put together some fun things that you can do while sitting (very comfortably) in isolation.

Call Your Friends + Family. 

I think one of the things I’ve missed most during isolation, has been hanging out with my girlfriends and family. The first fun thing I can recommend you doing is downloading the app: “House Party”. Apparently this has been around for years and according to one of my younger siblings I am “like way behind the times” and terribly uncool for not knowing about this sooner. But anyway, my girlfriends and I found this app and have been enjoying wine, snacks and chats from the comfort of our sweat pants at home and it’s been awesome. It is a perfect way to feel close to the people you love without being close (at all).

(I did try introducing the app to my parents, is there anything sweeter than seeing your Mom or Dad open up a video call, put it straight to their ear while you end up talking to the plant they’re sat next too.)

Although we are living in a scary and uncertain time, the last few weeks have bought me closer to my friends and family than ever before. The world has slowed down, we are taking the time to reach out to one another and connect again – let this time bring us closer to the ones we love!

Catch Up On Some Good TV (Healthy Binge).

Safe to say Netflix, Amazon and all their brothers and sisters are thriving at the moment! Brilliant new TV Shows and movies are being released and I don’t care how old you are, downloading the new Disney+ is a MUST, they have all the classics, all your childhood favourites they even have a NatGeo Channel. Warning: likelihood of you leaving your couch ever again is slim.

Some great TV shows we have watched recently:

Tiger King (if you like Making A Murderer, you will love this).

Love Is Blind (just watch it.. then watch the reunion).

Derry Girls (hilarious).

A-Typical (heartwarming).

Modern Love (so feel good!)

Print Those Photos (Finally).

Most of our world is held in a an odd little cloud in the sky. Many precious photos float around up there forgotten about. Take this time to finally fill those frames, scrapbooks or photo albums with your favourite memories. Photobox are offering 40% until the 6th April – we just placed a huge order of prints and I created a photo book and I am excited to spend a few days organising them all.

Health + Workout Goals.

Over the last few weeks Dean and I have set ourselves little health goals to complete each day. One day it could be “drink two litres of water”, “complete an ab work-out” or “don’t touch the chocolate cupboard”. We mix our goals up each day and it gives us some immense satisfaction to be achieving something that benefits us both mentally and physically.

Social Media Clean Up.

Without a doubt, during this time we are scrolling though our phones a lot more than we usually would. Make sure the pages you are scrolling through are full of inspiration and positivity. Go through the list of accounts you follow and unfollow those that don’t make you feel good. Fill you feed up with humour, motivation and love! Ensure if you are spending time on Socials, that what you are consuming is worth your while.

Sign Up To Helpful News Letters.

If you are on your emails constantly for work, I recommend signing up to some newsletters. These newsletters will drop some goodness in your inbox each day. My favourites I am currently signed up with is James Clear (author of Atomic Habits) and NoSideBar.

Create Some Good Playlists.

Music can change any mood, create yourself some fun playlists with all your favourite songs – for every occasion. I’ve even created ones to listen to while I have my coffee in the morning, while I’m writing or making dinner!

Are you putting off a passion?

Through yourself into a new hobby! It had been months since I had picked up my paints and sketchbooks, now every day I am able to create something new – it keeps me so mindful. I’ve painted birthday presents for loved ones – and even taken on my first commission (to paint a very cute Unicorn).

Make A Bucket List or A Vision Board.

I hope after being stuck at home, you realise how much there is you could be doing once this is all over. Make yourself a bucket list, all the things you want to do, where you want to go. Finally get that vision board up! Create lists and collages of everything you want to achieve. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Let this time be a blessing to help you get there.

Before I go.

There are now 4 online resources for free:

1) Amazon Books are open for free;

2) 17 virtual museums in Europe have free online virtual visits;

3) Cambridge Books in the UK offer 700 books for free reading;

4) Broadway in the United States offers free online operas. 

Amazon Global Audiobooks are free: 

Audible Stories is available for children who are temporarily unable to go to school around the world.  Listen to all audiobooks for free, with content ranging from preschool to classic literature, no download of apps, no login required, no ads, with languages like English/German/French/Italian/Japanese. 

stories.audible.com/discovery

Free online virtual visits to 17 museums in Europe!

In response to the epidemic, Cambridge Publishing, UK, offers 700 online reading editions of their books. The free reading period is until the end of May, and includes some Christian and theological works.  https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks

Online Broadway Musical, all FREE:

https://www.insider.com/stream-broadway-musicals-plays-for-free-online-limited-time-coronavirus-2020-3

Stay safe, be kind and patient with one another.

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