When you’re not working, scrolling through Instagram or planning your next getaway for when all of this is over, take a look at some of my tips.
1. Get a bike
OK so we all had bikes as kids, then what? We learnt how to drive and riding a bike was no longer cool. I bought a bike last year prepping to move to London, but those plans never went ahead for various reasons, but boy has my bike been put to good use. During lockdown bikes have been sold out ALL over the UK When, but if you haven’t got one yet, add it to your list, search for 2nd hand ones, ANYTHING, because the freedom of cycling around your city is a feeling walking, running or driving doesn’t give you. Let your inner child PLAY and EXPLORE!
2. Play old school music really loud and sing on the top of your voice or put Radio 1xtra
I’ve been really loving old school funk and disco to pull me through some boring, sad and lonely times. I’m an avid 1xtra listener but it has really helped me pull through when I’ve really needed it. Tune in Mon-Thurs 11-7pm for Yasmin Evans and then Mista Jam giving you all the VIBES that you need in your life.
3. Reorganise your drawers and cupboards
There is something to cathartic about organsing and throwing unwanted stuff away. You know those kitchen drawers and bedroom cupboards that you just chuck things into, yes those, go and clear the crap out of those. Ahhhh and breathe!
4. Zoom your friends
Zoom wine nights are the new staying in! Houseparty app is pretty funny too, not for chatting but for being stupid with the family yes!
5. Laugh with yourself
I live alone so I have to laugh with myself, at the TV, at me suddenly breaking into dance, and those hilarious Tik Toks!
6. Cry with yourself
Feeling emotional? Let it all out. The pop some banging tunes on. This playlist helps me.
7. Learn something new
I’ve been making my own soy wax candles with essential oils. Macrame is next on my agenda!
8. Binge watch Netflix
My fave things to watch have been; Money Heist aka La Casa De Papel – you’ll be saying it in Spanish by the end if you watch it in Spanish with English subtitles; it’s the only way!
Sex Education – for all the jokes, Dead to Me – its stupid and unrealistic, but enjoyable, Self Made – because Madam C.J. Walker is a real G, The Last Dance – because just wow, Selling Sunset – a girl can dream right?, and the following aren’t on Netflix but you’ve all got a naughty website that you watch things on ey 😉 Insecure – all the jokes, sex, love, break ups, friendships, How To Get Away With Murder – it’s been going for a few years but the finale season has just finished… OMG.
9. Make your own food
So remember at the start of lockdown when there was a flour shortage because everyone was baking banana bread, well ditch the cakes and make soup!
My fave soup to make is sweet potato, courgette and broccoli. Dash some garlic, red onion, turmeric, paprika, pepper, ginger and cumin with some vegetable stock!
I’ve been buying gluten free granola recently and getting through it in a couple of days, throwing the pennies away. Do you know how cheap oats are?
Here’s my recipe:
4 cups of oats, 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, cinnamon, pinch of salt, 1.5 cups of raw nuts/seeds, 1/2 cup of syrup/honey/agave. Mix together, spread evenly and pop in the oven, at 200 degrees for about 25 minutes (until golden brown). Once cooked and cooled, add your extra bits; dried fruit, coconut flakes, chocolate chips etc!
10. Need a decent online workout that’s actually going to work?
I stumbled upon @CiaraLondon’s live workouts and noticed she had a membership for £15 a month. I thought fuck it, I can spend more than £15 for a takeaway, at least this is for a month, let’s see how it goes. Well, I’m in month 2 and LOVING it! I love the gym and my PT, but boy am I getting all the gains. With over 18 sessions a week for you to choose from, she’s got it all popping on her @bodybyciarasquad, working out with 2000 other people LIVE on Instagram. She better not stop after lockdown as I’ll feel lost without my daily 12pm workout!
Speak of which, I’m off to work out right now!