Coffee Talk Monday’s: Lockdown
I had this idea of Coffee Talk Monday for a while. It would just be a casual blog post where I share my thoughts with you and we can have a discussion in the comment section. You know, just like a friend catch-up coffee date! So I thought it best to start with the thing that is on everyone’s mind – lockdown/quarantine.
So first of, I am going to share with you what I’ve been doing during this time.
Lockdown Activities that are keeping me sane
Skincare is one of the things that I’ve done to help stick with my routine. Doing my daily morning and night skincare routine which is a self-care act for me.
Another thing that I’ve loved doing is baking. I stuck to baking bread and the once-off cupcakes. These recipes don’t have a lot of ingredients and are not difficult to come by. I also found an awesome brownie recipe from Danielle over on Live Well Bake Often that my husband loved! I actually baked two batches in three days’ time! That is a record! If you want to try these brownies that are super easy to make you can find them here!
I also kept up with a low-intensity exercise routine to keep my body moving and not gain to much weight from all the snacking.
And another thing that I’ve found time to do is some reading. There are a lot of books on my bookshelf that have gathered dust and that I want to work through.
Some of the books I’ve read:
- The 5 Love Languages by Cary Chapman
- The 12 step mind-body-food reset by Jessica Sepel
- Taking charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler.
Not watching/ listening to the news everyday
I started to switch off from the news a few days into lockdown. It made me so upset and almost depressed that I couldn’t handle it anymore. So I kept my distance ever since. And it made a massive impact on my mood!
Scrolling through Youtube is also an activity that I am doing a lot these days. And I’ve found these two awesome videos that made such a massive impact on me that I just had to share it with you too. They basically describe what we are feeling and why we are feeling this way during the lockdown. I could not say it better, so I highly recommend them.
- Koze: The real reason you’re NOT motivated
- Matthew Hussey: “Am I the Only One Not Living My ‘Best Life’ During Coronavirus?“
(I am going to update this list whenever I find a video that I think would be helpful to you)
YouTube has also been my go-to place for streaming music. I have been loving classical slow jazz music. It calms my nerves and it is such a good distraction to take my mind off everything.
Stuff I haven’t done
The biggest thing that I wanted to do during lockdown is organizing and purging all the things in my house. But that hasn’t happened yet.
To be honest I don’t feel motivated to it, even though I had plenty of time to do it over the past month. And I don’t have a good enough excuse to say why I haven’t done it.
There are also some unfinished projects that I wanted to tackle but also haven’t happened yet.
I want to create a simple command station in my office with a pin-up board and key holder. We are usually putting our keys on the counter in the kitchen and it annoys me to no end. So that has been on my to-do list forever! Over the weekend we did start on the frame for the pin-up board so there is some progress there.
During this lockdown, I also had some time to reflect. And one of the conclusions that I’ve come to is that there are two types of people during this lockdown. There is a group that is super productive and they don’t have enough time in a day to get things done. And then there is the second group that just wants to Netflix and chill.
But then when I tried to categorize myself into one of these groups, I just could not do it. Because some days I get a lot done and other days I just don’t have the energy to do anything.
The days that I cannot get anything done, I found that I am worrying about everything that is out of my control. You know those days when your mind is running a thousand tabs a minute that are open all at once! And then I just cannot find the mental clarity to get anything done.
But I also realized that it is okay not to be okay during this time. It is such a strange time, and we need to slow down and catch up. Our overactive brains need this time to actually catch up with our lives. Our busy lives need to be analyzed and maybe our priorities need to change as well.
Related: Changing my 2020 goals
The thought of I am not alone during this time and that people all over the world are facing the exact same struggles that I have been through is in a way such a comforting thought! And I want to remind you as well – you are not alone! We are in this together.
I hope you enjoyed our first coffee date and that I can do it on a regular basis. Let me know how you have been coping during this time. I would love to know.