What to do when you can’t do much!

Everything can seem upside down at the moment, but checking your news App at 3-minute intervals isn’t going to solve anything. Rather than going stir crazy and spending way too much time on screens here are 5 things you can be doing when you can’t do all too much!

Catch up with yourself

Most of us lead pretty hectic, busy lives and things usually move at a pace which can feel exhausting. As things are slowing down at the moment, a great opportunity is also opening up to reassess where we are within ourselves, how we’re feeling and what we need. Rest, slow down and take the nights-in to think about yourself. Sooner or later we’ll all be back taking part in the rat race, so until then take this as a small blessing caused by a scary and overwhelming situation.

Connect with others

Now is the time to connect with people. Whether it’s the people you live with or those further away via Facetime. Making an effort to keep caught up and connected with friends and family will alleviate a lot of uncertainty and worry. I’d also like to stress how important it is to make an effort to talk to those people who might have to be self-isolating due to illness or staying indoors to protect them from the threat that getting ill poses to them. Think most of the elderly and people with weaker immune systems and ask yourself what you could do to make them smile. An unexpected call or card through their letterbox is bound to brighten their day. Acts of kindness don’t have to cost a thing but will mean everything.

Read ‘that’ book

I’m a huge bookworm and the opportunity to read more is here! Instead of endless scrolling on social media turn to a book. It’s more likely to keep your brain active and will leave you feeling better I’m sure of it! At the moment I’m reading “There’s no Planet B” by Mike Berners-Lee and “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo. If you need any other book recommendations, here’s a list of books I was loving around this time last year!

Make the best of it!

Despite many activities and places being closed for a lot of us at the moment, there’s still a lot of fun to be had. Get the board games out and cards out, go for walks if possible and able and keep spirits high! For those of us all over the world still able to leave our bedrooms, be grateful for this. Inhale love and exhale gratitude. Be thankful for those you love, for health and for the blue skies today

Get things ticked off!

Despite all of this, I’m probably not going to believe you if you tell me there’s nothing that you can be doing. Catch up on life admin, organise your finances, clean out your wardrobe, write your dissertation (note to self!), or catch up on studying. Tell you what, why don’t you dust off that recipe book that you haven’t used in goodness knows how long and create something yummy!

It can be a really unsettling time at the moment but together we’ll all get through it. I’d love to hear what you’re getting up to at the moment and if there’s anything you’ve done to brighten someone else’s day. Let me know!

-Aimée

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