England is currently in lockdown and so I cannot leave my house apart from necessities and one form of exercise. Granted, I am only on Day 2 of lockdown but as someone who feels quite restless most of the time, being inside my house for three weeks does fill me with some anxiety. I love my home, and I love my partner and my pets, but I never appreciated how much I love being outside in the fresh air – and it is just sods law that this is the sunniest and warmest March that I can remember.
SIDE NOTE: I am in no way sponsored or associated with Audible. This is just a post note to tell you guys about one app out there that I, personally, have found to be super helpful over the past few months and is genuinely keeping me sane and occupied during this very scary and uncertain time.
I signed up for Audible about three months ago, as I wanted to still be able to read on my commute. Since I walk to work now though (about 20 minutes each way) I thought that this would still allow me to consume books without actually having to carry one around with me. Currently, I am working my way through Anna Karenina and as it is 35 hours long, I think I’ll be fine during lockdown! Audible have a deal where you can get a 30 day free trial of the service and after that it is £7.99 a month with a free book each month. Needless to say, it’s a really good deal, especially if you are currently stuck inside for the next month or so. Some nice free entertainment for the time being is always a plus!
Audible also do original podcasts that range from a variety of things, but one that I think is important for everyone to listen to at the moment is Habits for Happiness. Doctor Happy (or Dr Tim Sharp as he is also known) talks through habits about how to find the good in all situations and to just learn to be a bit more happy. They range from ideas such as laughing more at life’s little quirks, regular exercise, a proper sleep cycle and creating vision boards to help you achieve goals. Obviously there is more to them than just that, but I don’t want to spoil any of it!
Personally I felt it spoke about everything that I already knew, but was explained in such a way that it made it feel like a progress: Things don’t tend to get better over night, and the majority of these habits take time to develop and implement into your day to day life. But as the majority of us are no doubt feeling very scared and stressed, while being isolated between the same four walls, there is literally nothing else to do but try and implement these little habits.
One of my favourites, and something that is really helping in this situation, is the habit of enjoying the moment as it happens. While it is truly terrifying what is happening in the world, and we are all scared, I got to do something today that I very rarely get a chance to do – I had breakfast with my partner. We didn’t have to rush, as our commute is opening up our laptops. We got to just sit, and watch some TV and just…take our time. For the first time in a long time (at least my entire life if I think about it) we are actually being encouraged and ordered to do nothing. Go nowhere, see no one in person, sit at home and just be patient and let our health services do amazing things to save the world. Obviously, I hope that what is happening in the world never happens again and we as a world come back to this as quickly and safely as possible, but as it is happening and I have no say in this, I am doing my best to find enjoyment in these little moments: My loved ones are safe and healthy, I am safe and healthy, and by staying at home I am doing my little bit to help.