Times are very weird right now. Being stuck at home may be slightly driving me insane but I feel very grateful to be able to spend this time relaxing with my family. Of course I am missing freedom and seeing my friends, but safety must come first.
Like everyone else I’ve been using my hour of exercise to attempt starting running. Pre COVID I did rather enjoy the gym, but you would find me in the weights room, very far away from the cardio machines. My fitness levels were pretty low and running distances were never really something I enjoyed. However, I am loving it. Maybe it’s just the chance to get some fresh air and time to myself or maybe I know actually enjoy running? Who knows? On my first run I had to stop to walk twice, fast forward about 6 weeks and I’m running twice as far without stopping at all. I love seeing a change in my fitness and do get rather competitive with myself. Always wanting to go faster and further. Some days I fail, feel absolute knackered or just don’t even go, but as a whole it’s really helping my mental health and giving me something to work towards in lock down.
Living away from my boyfriend is hard right now. Seriously envious of couples that are quarantining together. As you can imagine I’m definitely missing my dose of physical affection. Sex toys and female self pleasure after often a bit of a taboo subject. It’s kind of strange how little people opening talk about it, considering it’s a very hot topic of conversation between my friends and I. We are constantly discussing sex, masturbation and all things toys. It’s something I think is so important to normalise and I encourage everyone to start talking more freely. One thing that has been recently introduced to me is the Lelo Sona Cruise 2*, and wow has this changed the game. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding it and safe to say it lives up. Using sonic waves it’s different to anything I’ve used before, and definitely an experience you need to try. I’ll for sure be recommending this to all my friends in our next juicy chat.
Baking has become a regular occurrence in my household with a couple of bakes every week. I’ve been loving banana muffins but I’m often too impatient to wait for my bananas to brown. Another fond favourite of ours is chocolate cookies, but you have to be quick if you want to get one of them, they tend to go quite quickly! I love trying new things and have found myself baking vegan goodies as I would love to go from veggie to vegan at some point. I’ve got such a sweet tooth so I am mainly baking cakes and cookies, but I want to start baking/cooking some more savoury bits to up my kitchen skills.
There’s quite a pressure for self improvement right now, and I’m slowly finding myself being sucked in. As much as I want to come out of this being a better version of myself, I’m trying to remember that now is a difficult time and it’s ok not to be productive everyday. I’m trying to work on a few little things that hopefully improve my mood and make more positive. Reading is something I use to love when I was younger, but now the only time I pick up a book is when I’m on holiday. As the weathers been nice I’ve slowly started getting back into reading whilst sunbathing in the garden. I love a good thriller, something I can really get stuck into, currently I’m reading Ordinary Thunderstorms, by William Boyd and I can not put it down. My skin is definitely suffering right now (I’m guessing due to stress), so I do want to work on upping my skincare routine. One product that I’ve been loving is the pixi glow tonic, it really is as good as everyone makes out. Hopefully by the end of this I’ll have perfect glowing skin, a girl can dream right! During this time I’ve been trying to slightly push myself out of my usual boundaries, I’ve found myself creating much more creative content and I’m really happy with the outcome. Additionally I’ve finally felt confident enough to start my own youtube channel! It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, but was always hesitant to do so. I’m so glad that although this is a difficult time I’m making small changes and celebrating the little positives in life.
The first place I’ll be heading after lock down is definitely a pub. I’m desperately craving a cold pint in the sun surrounded by my friends, but I think I’ll be waiting a long time for it… For me summer is my favourite season, it’s what get’s me through the academic year. It’s all about pub gardens, chatting shit, drinking with mates, and maybe a cheeky festive on the side. Unfortunately, sitting in my room on zoom with a can of cider just isn’t cutting it.
How are you coping in lockdown?