My Lockdown Recommendations

My Lockdown Recommendations

Times are weird, unsettling, emotional, frustrating. There’s not actually one word to fully describe what we’re all going through at the moment, and everyone’s experiences differ during this rather chaotic and unpredictable time. If you’re having a good day today then well done, it’s important to try and stay as positive as possible, however, if you’re having a bad day then that’s completely okay, just know that you’re not alone in feeling that way, you really just have to take each day as it comes and try to find some good within a negative situation. If you’re learning a new skill, language or just being super productive then give yourself a pat on the back, if you’re not and the most you’ve done is gotten out of bed, got showered and dressed then give yourself some credit too. Times are tough and the more it goes on, the more we are all starting to feel the effects of this so my advice is to not compare your time in lockdown to another individual’s.

It’s difficult when you’ve been stripped of your daily routines and schedules and all of a sudden you’re left trying to find ways to pass the time, keep your mind busy and to generally just keep yourself entertained day in and day out. I’m the type of person who struggles to stay indoors for more than a few hours, I constantly want to be on the go, keeping myself busy and making the most of my time outside of work. However, with our time outdoors now being restricted, I’ve been finding ways to ‘try‘ and keep myself occupied, and the reason for emphasising the word try is because I am trying. I can’t say my attempts work every day, some days I feel less motivated than others but that’s completely normal given the current situation. What gives me peace of mind is that I’m not the only person going through the emotions, the whole world is going through them too.

For this post I thought I would focus on my lockdown recommendations and what I’ve been doing to get through this period of uncertainty….I’m really just trying to wing it though.

LONELY PLANET COLOURING BOOK

I can’t say I’ve opened a colouring book in recent years, in fact it’s probably been well over 10 years since I’ve even attempted to colour, but what better time to start than now. Adult colouring books are now a big thing, being referred to as ‘art therapy’ as they’re ideal for relaxing and destressing the mind.

There are so many to choose from online, but I wanted to make sure I purchased one that was very me and that I’d actually look forward to using. Due to my love for travel and the lack of it that I’ll be doing for the remainder of the year, I opted for the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist Colouring Book, in hope that my mind gets whisked away to the destination I’m colouring in. With 100 best places on the planet to colour in, these are great for taking an hour or two out of your day, giving your mind something to properly focus on. Trust me, you really do need to focus as it’s hard trying not to venture out of the lines (my 5 year old self would be screaming at me). Just a couple of days ago I was sat at my window enjoying the very rare bit of warm weather that Scotland gets all whilst colouring in, and I can honestly say I’ve not felt that relaxed in a good while so I would highly recommend getting your very own adult colouring book.

SCRAPBOOKING

I’m a sucker for a scrapbook, and a perfectionist too when it comes to this little hobby of mine. I take SO many pictures on my trips away that I never want them to go to waste by simply uploading them to an album on Facebook or sitting on my phone being untouched and not appreciated, so what better way to document my trips than with a travel scrapbook. I also keep any bits and bobs such as boarding passes, travel cards, attraction tickets, leaflets, literally everything and anything from my trips that I can stick in as an additional memory and to jazz the pages up.

What I love the most about scrapbooking is that it’s my own little project I can continuously work on over time, and something that I can one day look back on and reminisce on all the good times I had. This is something you really have to have the patience for though as it can get fidgety and surfaces can get messy from having pictures, accessories, scissors, and glue everywhere. That’s why I tend to only do a couple of pages at a time, and this appears to be working out for me with my travel scrapbook as I’m only having a couple of pages dedicated to each country/city that I have visited. This is a good hobby that can be picked up at any time of the year and can be spread over a certain amount of time to go back to when you feel like it.

You can pick up some great scrapbooks and crafting accessories from Paperchase or Etsy.

LET’S GET BAKING

I can’t say I’m Mary Berry and I definitely won’t be appearing on Bake Off anytime soon (ever actually) but one thing I’ve been enjoying recently is baking, only the Betty Crocker baking kits as these are very straightforward for my lack of baking skills, but still. There’s nothing better than a kitchen that smells of freshly baked brownies or cookies. Am I right?

I’ve found that baking is another way to get you out of the one room you’re probably spending most of your day sitting in. Mines is my bedroom since I’m working from home and my desk is located in there, so it’s nice to get to spend more than 30 minutes or an hour in a different room, especially since we don’t have a garden to sit in and get some fresh air (you garden people are blessed). A few good recipe sites in case you are looking to get your bake on (or off) are:

PAMPER YOURSELF

Just because you’re not learning a new language, taking up knitting or doing daily workouts (I’m DEFINITELY not doing those), it doesn’t mean you aren’t doing this right. Whether you’re working from home or not, take the time to have a much needed break. Have a nice relaxing bubble bath, pamper yourself – hair masks, face masks, foot masks, cucumbers on the eyes, go all out. Have your own little spa day, whilst saving money because you’re not paying spa prices. Allow your body to have the down time, especially during a time like this when there may be days we feel a little less positive than usual, or a little more lonely than the week before. I know for a fact there’s certain points of the year when I burn the candle at both ends and my body is crying out for a rest, so I’m making sure to give it that well deserved break.

I’ve spent a lot of my time in lockdown obsessing over skincare and I’ll have a post going live on this over the coming weeks, it’s been good going makeup free and experimenting with different products to see if they benefit my skins needs. With physical social interaction impossible at the minute, unless it’s with the people in your household, make sure you give yourself a little more self love than usual. You want to be coming out of this lockdown feeling the best you can, especially mentally, as it’s obvious unfortunately that things aren’t going to go straight back to the way they were before.

NETFLIX PARTY

You’ve all probably heard of this at some point recently, whether from friends or scrolling through social media. Netflix Party is a new feature that has come just at the right time. You simply install the extension which will appear beside your search bar in Google Chrome and you can stream a movie to watch with your friends and family at the EXACT SAME TIME. Literally. When one person pauses the show or movie, it pauses for everyone. Although you can’t physically see each other, there is a chat feature at the side if you want to do your usual commentary throughout a movie like I tend to do in real life. I tried this out for Tiger King and it worked well, although there can be times when it buffers if someone’s internet is maybe lagging, but this is definitely something to look into for during the lockdown period.

DISNEY+

Yes, every Disney lover’s new obsession. “This is what dreams are made of” I mumbled whilst living out my childhood and picking the Lizzie McGuire movie as my first watch on Disney+. This new streaming service has everything from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and even National Geographic.

Costing only £5.99 a month or £59.99 for the year, this streaming service was a complete throwback for me, seeing some of my favourite Disney programmes I spent watching before and after school like That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zac and Cody, and Hannah Montana, I was in my element. You can get a free trial for one week to see whether it’s up your street, trust me you will be taken to the Disney side. I spent the first night on this going through absolutely everything and adding movies or shows to my watchlist. So far I have watched:

  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • Mrs Doubtfire
  • Jack
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

I can’t wait to work my way through the rest of my watchlist during lockdown, we all know that classic Disney films are feel good movies so some of them will be sure to lift your spirits.

TRY OUT SOME NEW SNACKS

Does anyone else have a lockdown snack? At first mines were either scones with clotted cream and jam or pitta bread and hummus, but then I obviously ran out. Dilemma. Just recently though I was sent some snacks from Plant Pops and these have become my new go to lockdown snacks, but what exactly are plant pops?

  • Popped lotus seeds
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Less than 100 calories
  • No artificial ingredients

I’ve never tried lotus seeds before and if I’m being honest I hadn’t actually ever heard of lotus seeds until I was sent these snacks, so I was curious to find out what they’d be like given that I can occasionally be a fussy eater. I was sent three flavours, 1) Himalayan Salt, 2) Smoked Chilli and 3) Peanut Butter. I thought I would take a packet in my jacket pocket for during my daily walk in case I got peckish and I’m glad I did. I tried out the Himalayan Salt first and I can agree that these are unbelievably delicious. I don’t know how to describe them, but they’re not as daunting as I thought, in a way this flavour in particular reminded me of salted popcorn. The seasoning just makes these the most delicious guilt free snack.

You can order these online for a reasonable price and they are now offering a Plant Pops & Chill’ snack pack or a ‘Plant Pops Work From Home‘ snack pack which is very creative and enticing….watch this space I’ll have one (or both) ordered by this time next week.

GET CREATIVE WITH TECHNOLOGY

Last but not least, simply get creative and bring any of your ideas to life. Although we can’t go between households and meet up with our friends, we’re so lucky to be in the age of technology, we can pick up the phone from wherever and whenever we like, and we can hold video chats with several people at the one time – it’s these little things that we should be grateful for. Technology has been my lifeline over the past few weeks so I’ve come up with a couple of ideas to mix things up a bit from your usual daily calls.

VIRTUAL AFTERNOON TEA

Tregothnan are currently selling a Virtualitea Afternoon Tea with Friends Box that comes with 10 teabags, 2 of each kind such as Earl Grey and Great British Tea. When I came across this I instantly thought that hosting a virtual afternoon tea would be something different to do with my friendship group. Each of us have now purchased this box which only costs £5, and even better, there are NO delivery costs, and we plan on hosting a virtual afternoon tea next weekend. We’ll be sipping on some good tea, a glass of Prosecco and even baking some sweet treats for the occasion. Yes I’ll be baking cakes to sit and eat all of them in front of my friends on my own in the kitchen, but will I regret it? Most certainly not. My idea went down a treat with my friends and I’m now looking forward to next Sunday for some pretty tea cups and pinkies in the air.

FACETIME DINNER DATE

Not in lockdown with your partner and your relationship has now turned into a long distance once? Communication and effort is key for keeping the romance alive. Why not order each other food if there are any food places in both of your areas that are still delivering and have it delivered as close to one another in regards to time. Once it’s arrived, eat your dinner together over Facetime with a little glass of wine, or make some cocktails with any ingredients and alcohol you may have lingering around the house. If you’re feeling extra romantic you could always add a little candle in to the equation.

Ideally, we all just want to fast forward a couple of months and be out of this situation for good (trust me, I know the feeling), but we just have to keep our chins up and try make the experience as positive as possible. That little bit of positivity you continue to hold onto may help someone else remain positive so look out for one another, check in on friends and family by text or call. It’s a strange situation for everyone but we will come out the other end of it together and hug your loved ones tighter than you could ever possibly imagine – what a day that will be.

Hopefully I’ve given you at least one suggestion for something to do during lockdown. What are your lockdown recommendations and what have you been doing to keep yourself busy during these times?

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49 Comments

  1. April 9, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    Love this! Especially virtual afternoon tea, I’d never heard of that before but it sounds like a fun idea! ✨ Take care 💕

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you! It’s something I hadn’t thought of until now – it’s crazy the ideas you can come up with during a time like this. Stay safe!

      Holly x

  2. April 9, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    I actually need to pick up my coloring book, such a fun and relaxing thing to do

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:13 pm

      It really is! I love sitting in the sun at my window doing it.

      Holly x

  3. April 10, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    These are great ideas! I love colouring in, it’s super relaxing. Scrapbooking is another one of my fave hobbies too, I love your travel scrapbook, that is such a nice way to store special holiday memories! 😀 A home spa day sounds absolutely blissful right now, my birthday is coming up next week so I might just have a complete pamper day to celebrate. Thanks for sharing your ideas Holly, hope you have a lovely weekend! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you for reading!! I didn’t realise how relaxing colouring in was until now. Thank you – I do love a bit of scrapbooking. I’m actually having a scrapbooking night with my best friend over FaceTime tonight so that should be fun! I hope you manage to have a great birthday despite the circumstances, take care!!

      Holly x

  4. April 10, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    Great ideas Holly. Binge watching and snacks are on my agenda most evenings. I’m moving onto baking this Easter weekend. My big activity has been going on long walks everyday by myself. Fresh air is great for the soul! Cheers,

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you!! Hope you managed to bake something nice and enjoy yourself. Take care!

      Holly

  5. sahaankita450
    April 10, 2020 / 5:39 pm

    I love the scrapbook of yours! And yes, really great ideas 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Holly

  6. April 10, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    Oh wow!! You’ve got some incredible ideas, hun! I’m definitely trying to scrapbook into my bullet journal a page that I think is relevant for that week, that virtual afternoon tea sounds like so much fun and so does everything else on this list! xDD Happy Easter!!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:19 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!! Ohh I would love to see your bullet journal, I always love seeing how creative people get. I might share the virtual afternoon tea on my Instagram next weekend! Happy Easter and take care!

      Holly x

  7. April 10, 2020 / 6:16 pm

    Love all these ideas! I’ve definitely been doing my fair share of baking right now too!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you!! Ohhh I hope you’ve been making lots of nice cakes.

      Holly x

  8. April 10, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Really good ideas 🙂 I’ve been doing those puzzle books just as a little way to keep my brain occupied on something other than a screen which has helped loads, so I like the colouring idea 🙂

    James.
    Anothermaleblogger.com

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks for reading! Puzzle books are definitely a good way to keep the mind active and get away from your screen – fab idea!

      Holly

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you!! Oh cocktail making? Now that sounds like my idea of heaven. What ones have you been making?

      Holly x

  9. April 10, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    I love your ideas for engaging with just yourself or reaching out to include friends and family. Coloring books are a wonderful way to focus on nothing; coloring birds and animals leaves me feeling content.

    I love baking. The effort is timeless and the reward is sweet. 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you! There’s so much to do during a time like this that we don’t even realise sometimes!

      Holly

  10. April 10, 2020 / 9:22 pm

    A colouring book is on my to-do list too! LOVE the scrapbooking idea, but might need to start only from my next trip and keep all receipts etc. I’ve been writing weekly posts on what has kept me going if you’re interested: https://anneliesexplores.wordpress.com/

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:32 pm

      I got mine from Amazon for less than £10! Awww thank you, scrapbooking is so fun and you get to make it completely your own which is even better! I’ll check them out.

      Holly x

      • April 12, 2020 / 5:54 pm

        Great list. I have been reading articles, watching basketball videos on youtube, and blogging.

  11. April 10, 2020 / 11:41 pm

    I love these ideas!, I’ve definitely been watching more Netflix & YouTube. I like the idea of the colouring books and it’s the perfect time for baking.

    Charlie | http://www.alittleglossy.com

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you! Have you been watching anything good on Netflix or YouTube?

      Holly x

  12. April 11, 2020 / 5:37 am

    I love that you’re taking the opportunity during lockdown to do some cool things. I need to get back to coloring! It is so cool that you got to put together all sorts of trinkets from your travels. Scrapbooking is super fun. I need to get back to it too. Big plus that you’re taking care of yourself with some pampering. You can never go wrong with the different masks you can do at home. I am a big fan of virtual happy hour! This is great to still be connected to the outside world. Thanks for sharing all of these cool ideas~

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 4:16 pm

      I definitely have to in order to try and make time fly by as quickly as possible! I love collecting things from my travels, it adds a bit more to the pages. Yes, now’s the best time to fully pamper yourself and to go all out!! Thanks for reading as always, it’s appreciated!

      Holly x

  13. April 11, 2020 / 10:02 am

    This is such a lovely blog post with such thoughtful ideas! I’m with you on pampering and Disney+, I’m addicted! I’ve also added the colouring book to my wishlist, it’s super cool and so relaxing.
    Sending good vibes to you during this strange and awful time!💖

    Laura | laurainwonderland.co.uk

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you so much for reading – it’s appreciated! What have you been watching on Disney+? Oh I’m glad to hear it, you can get it from Amazon for less than £10! Take care and stay safe.

      Holly x

  14. Lisa Alioto
    April 11, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    THese are great ideas – I would love an adult coloring book at a time like this! I might have to order one from Prime!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you Lisa, that’s exactly where I ordered mine from so it was relatively quick to come!

      Holly x

  15. April 12, 2020 / 12:04 am

    Some wise words for this time, specifically for those struggling with their mental health at this time. It’s just trying to find little ways to feel content and enjoy what we can, where we can. Baking, blogging and yoga have kept me the most sane so far 💛. Hope you’re ok and taking some much needed time for you!

    Quinn x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you Quinn, always happy to receive such lovely comments from you! I’m the exact same, it’s made me appreciate the simple things a LOT more! Glad you’re taking care, stay safe!

      Holly x

  16. April 12, 2020 / 6:03 am

    We also signed up Netflix in this time. It is difficult to manage this situation however thanks for the tips…

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 4:20 pm

      It is difficult as it’s a situation we’ve never had to be in before but we will all overcome it together!

      Holly

  17. April 12, 2020 / 7:37 am

    I would love to bake but there isn’t flour anymore here in our shops 🙁
    Every French want to bake their own bread, even if the bakeries are open…
    But it’s the perfect time to learn to bake new recipes !
    To me it’s an opportunity to blog, and discover new blogs, like yours, so I learn and discover new things everyday <3

    • Holly
      Author
      April 12, 2020 / 4:21 pm

      Ugh really? I can imagine some ingredients are hard to find if you’re wanting to bake from scratch! I have just been buying the cake kits that have all the ingredients in them to make simple cupcakes or brownies. You should definitely share any of your recipes!! Thank you for checking out my blog, I really appreciate it. Take care!

      Holly x

  18. April 12, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    Thanks for your recommemdations! Definitely pampering myself during the quarantine! Netflix party also sound fun~♡

  19. April 12, 2020 / 6:28 pm

    I have been baking and cooking a lot! Mostly banana nut bread like everyone else on social media, but luckily I love banana nut bread!

    Mai
    ✰ maidoesthings.com

  20. April 12, 2020 / 6:32 pm

    You’ve got some great ideas. We are lucky to have the technology that we do have at the tip of our fingers – the opportunity to connect with one another in fun ways despite being stuck in our own homes. One that I’ve been enjoying recently is all the online games that we can play with others, many of which include chat options. It’s a great way to have a little fun with friends/family at a distance.

  21. April 12, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    Love all of these ideas! I am well overdue a pamper, and I’d love to make a scrapbook so this is such a nice reminder to do that! Thank you 💛

  22. April 18, 2020 / 6:55 pm

    I had this Nivea mask:)

  23. April 23, 2020 / 6:37 am

    I love this list of recommendations! I’ve been doing a lot of these lately too! My mom and I have been coloring in coloring books so much during the quarantine, it’s been so relaxing and is an easy way to be creative for a few hours! Thanks for sharing, I loved reading this! I hope you’re doing well! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

  24. April 23, 2020 / 9:44 pm

    These are some most lovely tips!
    I think sharing a nice afternoon tea with friends is a most wonderful idea 🙂
    Hope you are well.

    https://www.ecoislogical.com/

    Nathalie

  25. Anna
    May 1, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    I love these ideas! We’ve been coloring more and I probably need to bake more but that’s hard with a baby always on the go lol amazing post!

    • Holly
      Author
      May 3, 2020 / 11:27 am

      Thank you!!! Awww I can imagine. Thanks for reading. What’s your blog so I can return the love?

      Holly x

      • Anna
        May 3, 2020 / 5:57 pm

        Anytime! Its herbetterlifestyle.wordpress.com 😁

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