Habits I've developed in Lockdown

9 September 2020

Montage of a girl in a boat

When lockdown came, I think it was both a blessing and a curse. A lot of things went wrong at the beginning but being stuck at home allowed me to focus on myself and have some much needed TLC. Once I'd finished all my uni work, I started brainstorming what I could do with my time. On my list were things like learn Irish, bake something new every week and find a new income stream. As expected, I did none of those. I learnt a little bit of Irish but apart from saying "I am a girl", I can't hold up a conversation.

However, I did manage to achieve a few things in lockdown. I feel like I've mentioned myself and mental health quite a bit in my last few posts but as recent graduates and with a global pandemic; a lot has happened and we do need to make sure our mental health doesn't suffer.

I have my skincare routine down to a T. 

It’s only recently, what with being on acne medication, that I’ve taken the time out to focus on a routine. During lockdown, I deceided to focus on sticking to the same routine without being tempted to try new products and mess around with things. I’ve also found doing my skincare routine a little earlier in the evening means I can fully relax without having to stay up too late.

Having ME time in the evening

I’ve really embraced using the time in the evening between eating my dinner and going to bed to unwind and relax. This is the time I usually do my skincare routine in which at the start of lockdown took me about 30 mins start to finish. It now takes me about 10-15 mins. On some nights I choose to tidy my room or I might sit and watch TV with the family. But most of all, I’m using the time to listen to my body and my mind and follow what it wants to do. To be honest, this isn't just limited to the evening. After the events of the last few months, I'm prioritising myself and spending more time focusing on what I want rather than always catering to other people.

Focusing on my mental health.

I’ve spent more time focusing on my mental health than I ever have. Your brain doesn’t always have time to process all the information we throw at it and I know I’m guilty of not allowing my brain the time to process everything. I tend to move at 50 miles an hour and expect my brain to move with it. It very rarely works. Sometimes I don’t even realise that it needs to process things. Given that I’m not really going anywhere any time soon, I’ve taken the opportunity to slow down and focus on strengthening my mental health.

Slowing down

Like I mentioned earlier, I tend to zoom around and focus on one thing after another without really embracing and acknowledging what I’ve done. One thing I’m learning to do in lockdown is slow down. I have to be careful in not coming to a complete halt but I’ve slowed down a lot. After all, I’m not going anywhere soon.

Exercising in Lockdown

Is it me or am I suddenly exercising a lot more than usual? Before Lockdown, I was averaging around 6,000 steps a day and that seems to have jumped to 10,000 or 15,000! I’m really enjoying my evening walks with my dad and I’m exploring so much of East London. 

What have habits have you developed in Lockdown?

Love, Aoife xo

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