Sunday, 3 May 2020

Life During Lockdown


I have lost track of what number week of lockdown we are on - this could be the sixth or maybe seventh week? Part of me is glad that the weeks are going so quickly because it means that we are one step closer to this pandemic being over but the other part of me is freaking out that we are nearly half way through the year and it feels like a complete write-off so far. Never in my lifetime did I imagine experiencing something like this...

I initially welcomed the lockdown; not only would I feel safer by not having to get on public transport in London every day but it would also give me and everybody else the chance to take a breath and recharge our batteries. I had mentally made a note of everything I wanted to do in lockdown: exercise daily, read regularly, create lots of blog content, try new recipes, learn a language. In reality though, my work has been busier than ever and I have had assignments to write for my part-time masters degree - not the relaxing break I was picturing in my head! Of course, I am so grateful that my job has not been affected much by this pandemic as I know that this is a worrying time for so many people. Luckily I am able to work from home so I have headed back to my family home and I am making the most of spending time with my family.


Being told we cannot go out and carry on with our normal lives has made me really appreciate the smaller things in life. One of the things I have been looking forward to everyday is my daily walk in nature. I grew up in the countryside but I never appreciated how much of an effect some fresh air and greenery has on my wellbeing. I have been taking my camera with me on walks to capture some snaps of the pretty blossom before it disappears for another year. Fortunately, prior to lockdown, I was gifted a raincoat and top from Lighthouse Clothing. The raincoat is lightweight and breathable so it has been perfect for my walks (particularly with the typical British weather we have been experiencing this week!) and the top is super soft and comfortable for all the lounging around my house I have been doing.

With everything going on in the world, I have found it really difficult to focus and remain productive because I keep getting distracted by news articles - like omg we might not be able to travel for the rest of the year!? It is so important to limit how much coronavirus news you are reading each day because you will drive yourself crazy! I have also found it difficult not to compare myself to others on Instagram who are slaying the lockdown content creation, whereas I have only managed to post a handful of photos taken before lockdown. However, I have been enjoying looking back through old travel photos and I am planning to share some on my Instagram (ones which didn't make the cut at the time of my travels), so hopefully this will ignite some wanderlust in a time when we cannot travel.


Although I may not have achieved everything I thought I would have achieved by now in lockdown, I have realised the importance of taking each day as it comes and not comparing myself to others. If you are running 10k and baking a fresh banana bread every day, that is amazing! However, if you want to sit in bed all day and watch Netflix, then there is nothing wrong with that either. This is hopefully something that we will never experience in our lifetimes again and we need to remember that this is only temporary. Enjoy spending time with your family (if you can) and enjoy spending time in nature. Maybe treat yourself to a new raincoat for your next walk! Stay safe x

*These products were kindly gifted to me by Lighthouse Clothing, however all views and opinions are my own.
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  1. They are so lovely! I can' wait to go back to my normal routine.

    Have a nice day xx

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    1. I'm really impressed with the quality of the clothing! Same, such a strange time at the moment x

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