We’re in Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne, which is honestly the least we can do to help get this virus under control and honour those who have lost their lives or become unwell.
That said, many of us are feeling totally topsy-turvy and working hard to keep anxiety/depression/other at bay. With this in mind, here are some things that are helping me to feel more okay. Perhaps some of them will be helpful for you, too?
1/ Taking walks while listening to Desert Island Discs
I know this podcast is a favourite of so many of us. I just listened to the Simon Armitage episode, which I loved. He’s such a funny gent. And also the Anne Enright one, which was so interesting from a writing perspective. What are your must-listen DID eps? I will add them to my list!
2/ Watching calming videos on YouTube
They really help me to focus my day positively and remind me that doing small, gentle, everyday things can be helpful if you’re feeling a bit off kilter.
I love this YouTube channel!
3/ Making a blanket
I am making a giant granny square for my bed. I want it to touch the floor so I have a lot more crocheting to do. I’m about one fifth done. Possibly one sixth. Maybe just one seventh, actually.
4/ Sloshing about in a warm bath
You can not beat a bit of a soak when things are overwhelming, can you? I like to put those green Radox salts in the bath. They smell nice and make the water look like a small, tub-shaped lagoon. Sometimes I read in the bath, but more often I just scroll through TikTok watching home cooking videos or listen to a podcast or audiobook.
5/ Reading blogs
I love blogs. Always have. Always will. I love that they are a little capsule away from the business of social media and that you can dive in and find out lots more about the blogger in a very focused way. I always enjoy Down To Earth, Dinner A Love Story, SF Girl, Wit & Delight, Extraordinary Routines, Sally Wise, Reading My Tea Leaves, Karigee, Swiss Miss, Dinner With Julie, Half Baked Harvest, Smitten Kitchen, The Thirlby and Korean Bapsang.
6/ Tucking feet in cosy slippers
I have two pairs of worn out pink fluffy slippers and one pair of tired Uggs. As you can tell, I am not super keen on any of these, but I love that they continue to make me feel snuggly. Even when I am not liking the look of any of them. HOW. KIND.
7/ Going to bed early and trying to sleep in
I used to get up very early, but now that I don’t have a regular job I am learning to sleep later. It’s quite nice, isn’t it? Feels like such a luxury to get up at 8 when I’d normally be starting work.
This is today’s breakfast: roti, potato curry and a rustic carrot/cucumber kimchi.
8/ Making delicious food
I had a bit of a cooking fug for a month, but I am getting back into making things at last. It’s not like me to have a cooking fug. I have never had one before so it was alarming. Thank goodness I am out of the moody mist.
I’ve been cooking things from** …
9/ Planning future projects
I have a lot of ideas and I am just letting them swirl about for a wee while to see which ones settle and ask to happen. I will be sure to tell you more when that settling happens, in case you are interested.
10/ Snuggling with a heated blanket
If you don’t have one of these you are missing out. They are brilliantly toasty.
11/ An afternoon cocktail
My favourite cocktail of the hour is a Gordon’s Gin with Elderflower Tonic. So refreshing and the perfect way to mark the shift from day to nearly-evening.
What are you doing to beat the COVID-restriction blues?
** The cookbook links are Amazon affiliate links, so know that before you click them … I may snaffle a small commission if you buy any of them. But you don’t have to do that AT ALL! It’s just a tiny way for me to make a bit of spare book money during these non-work days.