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The Isolation Diaries: Things I've learnt in lockdown...

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

I'm not sure how much more can be said about the trials and tribulations of lockdown. Let's be honest, it's been a bit shit but necessary. It's been bloody hard work but I'm glad I managed to stay at home for so long and not put my family, friends or myself at risk. But, as we start seeing some of the restrictions lift, I have to say, I'm really disappointed with myself in how I have spent my time.

As we learnt from my previous post, after my initial meltdown when everything started - the worries and anxieties about work and finances, I had promised myself I was going to use my time wisely. Self care was high on my list of priorities, I was going to turn myself into a zen, chilled out, clear skinned, gym toned goddess. Well, the thought was there at least...

So, first things first, a skin care routine, or lack of it as it turns out. I actually took better care of my skin when I was wearing make-up every day. Cleanse, tone and moisturise has been replaced with a splash of cold water and a check for spots. If I do happen to leave the house on my ill-fated dog walk (not that we have been out recently since hound dog had his little boy operation) I may whack on a bit of moisturiser but thankfully the weather has been so good recently I have been able to hide my eyebrow-less face behind sun glasses.

Meditation was my next thing, I was going to learn to switch off, clear my mind and become more focused. The reality? I fell into a Netflix binge and watched 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries, and then when I'd finished all 8 seasons I started them all again. Rather than being an altogether calmer, focused person, I am instead permanently knackered from staying up too late every night.

As we know, gyms have been an unfortunate casualty of the lockdown and hopefully they will be able to open up again soon. But that wasn't going to stop me - I had enough equipment at home to manage a home workout everyday. Plus, I read somewhere that for ladies over 40, as I am (I obviously don't look it...), a resistance or weights based workout would be beneficial to help with muscle tone. Now, don't write me off just yet, I have been working out with weights everyday. What I haven't been doing is actually moving - my FitBit thinks I'm dead - apparently walking to the fridge for KitKats every day doesn't equate to 10,000 steps. My scales are now being horrible and telling me I've put on 7lbs! Although, it could be that I am not drinking enough water? Of course I'm not - 15 cups of tea and 2 cans of Pepsi Max a day leaves little room for 2 litres of water (obviously I'm joking, I mean, who can drink 15 cups of tea a day...).

To add to the above there is the 24 online courses that I had enrolled in, good news on that front is I am now one course down... only another 23 to go. Plus the addition of the new one I have just added. The lengths I go to to further complicate my life never ceases to amaze me.

So, things I have learnt in lockdown? Well, it would seem not even a global pandemic is enough to give me a kick up the arse. Am I lost cause? I truly hope not, let's see where the rest of this unpredictable year takes us.


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