I thought I’d write a post listing a few of the things that have been getting me through the recent lockdown extension in the UK. For those who don’t know, we were initially under a three week lockdown, which has now been extended to a total of six weeks… at this point, no one knows if it’ll be extended any further! But these things have been a bit of a foolproof method of keeping me somewhat sane with the lack of socialization due to social distancing.
Obviously, I have a blog as well as a Youtube Channel (which you can check out here!) so having some standard pieces of technology are quite essential! I use the Canon EOS M3 camera to film vlogs and videos on for Youtube, and I do also use this to take pictures for my blog, as and when I need to!
Of course I do also have my laptop and my phone for general social media browsing purposes, and if I’m being completely honest, I use these things the most! As much as I’d like to try and reduce my screen time on my phone, in times like these it is important to keep in touch with loved ones- be it friends or family, or anyone else!
Arts and crafts
So this is basically a section dedicated to my bullet journal, and all the stationary I have to create spreads! For those who don’t know what a bullet journal is, it’s essentially this system of organising your life in a diary of some kind. I am currently using a dotted notebook from Typo, and it’s okay but not my favourite. It serves it’s purpose, so I can’t complain.
Although I don’t necessarily have anything to plan while in lockdown (as I’m currently still unemployed) it’s still nice to have a creative outlet that doesn’t require a screen. I always loved drawing and doodling at school, so this is a really nice outlet for me to carry on doing something that I would otherwise neglect.
The majority of my coloured pens are Crayola supertips, as well as some Stabilo point max pens that I’ve had for about two years, and they’re still going strong! Another firm favourite of mine are the Stabilo Boss original pastel highlighters, which again have lasted well over the past couple of years.
Of course, I couldn’t talk about the current lockdown situation without talking about comfy clothes. My entire wardrobe is full of comfy clothes, with a few things for when I occasionally go “out out”. But, as we’re not allowed to go “out out” those will have to remain in the wardrobe for the forseeable future!
Although I spend a good amount of my days in leggings or baggy trousers, I am one of those weirdos who does spend all day in a pair of jeans… If I hadn’t spent five months in Thailand where I only wore my jeans a grand total of three times, I probably wouldn’t be wearing them so much now… but I kind of missed them? Jeans are a statement piece in my wardrobe so they have to be worn!
Next is my running gear! Since we’re limited to the type of exercise we can do at the moment, I’m so grateful to have a good, sturdy (if ancient) pair of trainers that are getting me through many a kilometre! If I’m not out running, I’ll probably join my parents on a dog walk, which is just as enjoyable.
And finally, here are some honourable fashion mentions:
- My dressing gown
- My pyjamas
- My numerous pairs of fluffy socks
TV, Movies and Books
If you haven’t already read my post about things to keep you occupied in lockdown, you can read it here as it has some other things that are similar to this post… and more! One of those things being reading. I’ve always been an avid reader, for as long as I can remember. Lockdown has given me an amazing opportunity to fall back in love with reading, as I now have the time, and I don’t feel like I need to make up excuses as to why I “can’t read this or that”. Plus, it’s a great chance for me to finally get through the books that have been sitting on my shelves for years.
I’ve also been watching a lot of TV and movies over the past few weeks, and I’ve been on and off catching up on old episodes of Glee. My sister has now overtaken me, and I’ll probably just end up watching episodes whenever she’s watching them. We’ve also been watching some DVD’s, as we have collected so many over the years! We’ve been watching old, beloved films that we’ve seen countless times (such as Forrest Gump) as well as some newer ones that we never got the chance to watch.
I class this as an essential during lockdown, because like with reading, now is a better time than any to do these sorts of things without that little voice at the back of your head making you feel guilty.
My skin care routine (both morning and evening) has always been relatively basic; I wash my face with Simple face wash, and then moisturize with either the Simple hydrating moisturizer, or I’ll use the Body Shop seaweed moisturizer because I just want to try and use it up. I don’t really want to use much else, because my skin is super sensitive, but I feel so much more human once I have washed my face and moisturized, and even if that’s the only productive thing I do all day, I know I’ll feel better for it. I class it as some self care, so I try and make sure I do this!
I’ve also been making the most of my leftover bath products. Aaaaages ago I got a frosted berries scented bubble bath from the Body Shop, which I just used up last night, and I’ve also been using some of the Body Shop’s candy cane scented bubble bath too. I know it’s not exactly the right season for candy canes, but it’s basically just a minty scented bubble bath and I am here for it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any face masks, but the second I can get my hands on some, then I will!
So that is all for today’s post! Let me know what some of your essentials have been during lockdown in the comments!