Unless you have the luxury of living on a private island, you have likely had to go through at least one lockdown in the last 12 months. And for us in London, we are just beginning our third and latest lockdown.
And just like it’s predecessor, we as a nation have found a range of ways to get us through another period of lockdown. Whether it’s banana bread or dalgona coffee, there is sure to be something new for you to do this lockdown 3.0.
Start a New Venture
Data suggests that over 95,000 new businesses were set up during July to September last year. Right, bang in the middle of the pandemic. It seems that having the extra time at home has meant that people now have the time they needed to finally start that side hustle!
I found myself in this same situation and decided to launch my first business – PawGang! Inspired by my very own pet dog, we sell a range of cute dog bandanas and vegan leather dog collars. Check us out over at PawGang.co.uk and treat your pet to some stylish gear.
Find a New Hobby
The first lockdown, many of us rediscovered our love of baking, instruments and a range of other hobbies we left behind in our youth. This time around, why not try something new?
As well as sewing for my business, I also found other ways to express my creativity. Armed with some blank canvas from hobbycraft, I tried my hand at painting. I studied art at school and college, but never really continued on with it after that. If you’re a little daunted by it, why not look up some easy tutorials on YouTube to inspired you.
Abstract art is a good place to start. You can find a few video tutorials showing you how to paint with simple techniques that will allow you to test what works for you.
Volunteer for a Local Charity or Organisation
Now more than ever, vulnerable people all over the world are in need of help. Sadly, this pandemic has meant that some people are at even more risk of not receiving the help they need.
Helping out doesn’t always mean having to donate money – you can also donate your time. Some local councils are looking for volunteers who can either do shopping runs or pick-up medication for people who are unable to leave their own home.
You can also look into organisations that are arranging calls for people who are lonely. This is one of the easiest ways to donate your time, you are literally helping someone get through a tough time just by chatting to them.
Learn Something New
Being forced to stay home has probably meant you have a bit more time on your hands. The first lockdown, I found myself spending hours getting lost on social media. It was depressing. Why not make use of the time and learn something new? I’ve recently downloaded Duolingo again to try and learn another language.
There are a range of free apps available, and most don’t require much input. Simply spend a few minutes a day on the app and you should be able to pick up a new language in no time.
Declutter Your Space
Just like banana bread, this is another trend that everyone has likely tried during one of the lockdowns. Following on from the Marie Condo trend, there are even a few shows on Netflix that give you tips on how to declutter.
But decluttering is actually a very healthy habit to practise. It helps you to keep your home and personal space tidy and clean, which is not only good for your physical health (less germs), but also for your mental health. Keeping the space you live in tidy will also help keep your mind at ease. Great for those working from home.
Plan Your Next Holiday
Ok, this one might be a stretch. Who knows when things will be back to normal enough that we can travel again. But the one thing we need right now more than ever, is hope. We need to hope. Hope that we can get through this lockdown. Hope that one day things will be ok. And hope that one day we can see our family and friends again.
Planning a future holiday is one way you can get excited about something again. Simply looking at destinations and researching options will help keep you in a positive mindset and give you something to look forward to.
Take it One Day at a Time
The most important thing you need to remember is that its ok not to be ok. We are all trying to figure out how to get through this weird time. And whilst some people are thriving, don’t worry if you’re not feeling as energetic or proactive.
Take each day as they come. There’s no right or wrong way to get through a lockdown. If you want to stay in your sweats and eat snacks on the sofa today, then that’s fine. Why not try something different tomorrow? And if you don’t, then that’s ok too. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.
How are you coping with the lockdown? Got any tips to get me through the endless days at home? Need someone to talk to? Comment below or message me on social…