Amongst the storm of 2020, I have tried to remain reflective and take this time as a chance to learn and ‘grow’. All the months have blurred into one but I can look back on the blog posts that I wrote during lockdown and kind of gauge how I was feeling when writing them.Read More »
We’ve had the summer, those long, light days and now it’s dark by 8pm. Those daylight hours are on a downward slope from here now.
But this year, I’m actually ready for autumn. September felt like a fresh start – although of course, managing COVID-19 is proving no mean feat at the moment (get the track and trace app set up people).
As those nights draw in, seasonal affective disorder is common. You might find that your mood drops, especially as you are no longer being woken up by light streaming through your window (even if it did wake you up pretty early some mornings). Instead it’s a blaring alarm.
I’m a morning person and I’ve talked about that before. But getting up in the dark isn’t really fun is it?Read More »
Comparison actually is a fundamental human impulse (according to Pyschology Today) so preventing it completely is pretty difficult. Interestingly, comparison can be positive – measuring yourself against another could be motivating or inspiring. But those comparison thoughts can be quite difficult during the age definition of ‘early twenties’.Read More »
I’m not normally a fan of transitioning into the colder autumn weather but I’ve always been a fan of the ‘back-to-school’ feeling. We all know it’s been an interesting year (to say the least) and I’m craving the fresh start, the ability to press reset, a shake-up of the routine as we continue to adjust to a ‘new normal’.Read More »
We’ve been on a rollercoaster for the last four months. It can be categorised (trivially) as; the banana bread obsession period, pre Netflix’s Tiger King, post Netflix’s Tiger King, Disney + release, the weekly pub quiz era (welcoming suggestions for more trivial lockdown categories).
I finished university THREE months ago now and to be honest, I’d like to know where those three months have gone?
So, amongst the graduate job applications in a very uncertain economy, there has been plenty of time to pause and reflect. I think we will probably all emerge from this period of time as a slightly different person, with a different perspective, a different way of thinking. Let’s call them the lockdown lessons.Read More »
It’s been more than a hundred days in lockdown and yoga has been my saving grace. By writing that sentence, it doesn’t mean that I’ve been practising every day, that I’ve always completed an hour of practice, it means that yoga has calmed my mindset during this crazy (unprecedented) time.Read More »
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At the moment the world feels chaotic, the future feels uncertain and I have only really left the house for walks over the last three months. The ‘need’ to wear makeup is non existent really.
So, thinking about it, as I haven’t worn makeup for most days during the last 3 months of lockdown, that is probably the longest period of time without makeup since I was 13/14.Read More »
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I’m not sure which month has felt weirder this year – April or May? Let me know what you think.
It’s the beginning of June now and I’d like to define this time as the ‘Lockdown Limbo’. The rules are easing and some days, I think that there might be light at the end of this tunnel. But it’s tough, especially from a mental health/well being perspective – we all cope differently with this HUGE element of change. I hate uncertainty at the best of times so this ‘lockdown limbo’ is exacerbating that x100. Here are a few ways (somewhat trivial) that I’m utilising to help ease how I feel.Read More »
I’m that person who keeps every ticket, every photo and leaflet I possibly could have been given during the holiday. I love memories, but it’s been two years since I went interailing and the photos I printed, the tickets I kept have been stored in a blue plastic wallet – oops? It was time to finally have a place to show them off. However, with my lack of art skills, I sought the effortless ways to do so.
Scrap-booking is a really nice form of self-care. It can bring out your creative side, a bit of time to ‘switch-off’ and it’s quite easy to get lost in the memories, or find things that you had forgotten about. But it can need a bit of dedicated time – before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by photos/stickers/glue/pens etc.Read More »
In the recent times, I’ve found myself grab for my phone more and more. Messages, phone calls, face-time have become part of our daily lives more than ever and thankfully, technology is working wonders to keep us in touch with all of our loved ones during this time. Of course my screen-time tracker shows the minutes that are spent on Face Time, but the social media time keeps creeping up. I’ll be honest, I do love Instagram but sometimes we all need that reminder to just disconnect, even if it’s only for an hour. A bit of social media self-care I guess.Read More »