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Eleven Things That Are Helping Me Feel More Okay During COVID Restrictions …

July 17, 2020

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** …

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook
Dishoom and
Coconut and Sambal

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?

x Pip

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  • Reply Diane July 25, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    You got me at reading blogs and eating delicious food.

  • Reply Sandra July 22, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    I stumbled across Pam Ayres on DID. I think you’d like it. A bit of 70’s & 80’s nostalgia and poetry thrown in. X

  • Reply Jade July 21, 2020 at 10:03 PM

    I love this post Pip. I’m a huge DID fan – love the Marian Keyes, Sue Perkins, Jo Brand, Ian Wright, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and David Nott episodes. SO many good ones.

  • Reply Greta July 18, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Hi Pip! So many wonderful ideas here, as always. I am enjoying cooked breakfasts, since I have the extra time and don’t have to rush to catch a train. It’s nice to make time for myself and start the day feeling a little bit special 🙂

  • Reply Reannon July 18, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Oh Pip, I’m glad you have these things to keep you feeling ok.

    Have you ever listened to dessert island dishes? Same concept as discs but with food! I really enjoy it.

    Love that you’ve linked to some blogs. Some I read of am aware of but others are new to me & I’m always happy to be alerted to more blogs to read.

    I have Teighans other cookbook. I couldn’t afford both at once but the one you have is on my wishlist. And coconut & sambal sounds like a book I’d really like. I might look for it at the library. It’s funny to hear you’ve never had a cooking funk before. They suck don’t they? I feel like I go through one each season but I always come out of them really energized & busting to get into the kitchen again.

    Take care of yourself Pip & stay safe xx

  • Reply Amy Tuggey July 18, 2020 at 2:39 AM

    Thank you. Thank you for reminding me of the small things that help to make up a great list of self care things to do! For a moment I was thinking of cooler weather instead of thr broiling heat in Texas. Please do enjoy your day!

  • Reply Kate July 17, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    That YouTube video was so calming and gentle, thanks for sharing. And thanks heaps for the link to your curry potatoes, that’s what we are having for tea tomorrow night.
    I recently bought myself a pair of super dooper fluffy heat max socks, oh my they are the best.
    Take care
    Cheers Kate

  • Reply Carly July 17, 2020 at 4:30 PM

    What a time! I love your blog list- i love a good blog over insta any day. My guilty pleasure is Netflix on the ipad in the bath 🙂

    • Reply Greta July 18, 2020 at 3:17 PM

      ooohh sounds lovely Carly 🙂

  • Reply Tamara July 17, 2020 at 4:04 PM

    I love these tips, Pip. I also love your yarn colour choices. Can you pls share the brand you buy?
    Thank you!

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