Oh, look, a shiny new blog post! Its been a while eh?! In all honesty, I’ve been in a bit of a creative ‘funk’ when it comes to my personal blog content throughout lockdown, and from scrolling (endlessly) on Twitter, it appears that I am not the only one. However, when the Scottish Government recently approached me to help spread the word about one of their brilliant, new online resources, I felt like it was the perfect time to return to the old blog.
The last few months have been extremely strange for all of us, after all, most of us have ever experienced a global pandemic, and hopefully never will again. However, as we ease out of lockdown, many of us may be feeling a little (or a lot) uneasy about returning to our new way of living- whatever that may be.
With this in mind, the Scottish Government have created a fantastic, digital resource that aims to help those who might be feeling anxious or uneasy about post-lockdown life, heading back to work, and meeting with friends again.
Clear Your Head (Clearyourhead.scot) is a fab micro-site that is jam-packed with inspiration, tips, and reassuring advice on how you can keep physically and mentally healthy as we adjust to our new way of living.
Today, I have been asked by ScotGov to share a few things I’ve been doing to help ease the blow of lockdown and our transition to post-lockdown living. So why not grab a cuppa, get cozy, and have a read!
Spending Time Outdoors
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that lockdown restrictions have filled me with a whole new appreciation for my natural surroundings – and our ability to take walk or get outside whenever we feel like it (cheesy but true). I’m lucky enough to live right by The Clyde, and throughout lockdown, I have loved taking some time out to take in some lovely views over the river. There is really nothing quite like it, especially after a busy workday – or one spent binging Real Housewives…
Taking a Digital Break (even for a few hours)
With more people working from home than ever before – and a spike in social media usage, I personally feel that digital breaks have never been more important. Over the past few weeks, the social media world has been extremely heavy with so much cruelty and injustice being shared around the clock (and quite rightly so).
However spending extended periods of time, consuming content which can often be violent or hurtful can be overwhelming. Digital breaks, no matter how short, are a great way to recharge – you can’t pour from an empty cup and all that.
Non-digital activities I have enjoyed doing throughout lockdown have been trying my hand at DIY (I’m pretty proud of this little turntable), reading and testing out some new kitchen creations – I can’t say that these have been so successful but hey, you win some, you lose some.
Keeping Physically Healthy
One thing I’ve (surprisingly) enjoyed throughout lockdown is working out – shock horror, I know. In all honesty, I’ve never really enjoyed exercising, however since discovering Chloe Ting’s fab home-workouts on Youtube, I’ve almost grown to like keeping fit… almost.
Chloe’s workouts are super short, easy to follow, and have no repeat sets – I think this is why I like them so much. She also offers a more or less intense version of each routine – which is perfect for beginners like me. I personally feel so much more positive and energized, even after a short set (I’ve always thought this was a myth until now) and would recommend her channel to anyone who is looking for a great home workout to get you moving.
Catching up with friends and family
Like many others, I think I’ve Zoom’ed more in the past 3 months than I have in my entire life. Times like these really make you appreciate technology, huh? For me, there has been no better feeling than being able to catch up with friends and family from the comfort of my own home.
This year, I was lucky enough to be able to celebrate my birthday, with some of my favourite people from across the UK. I can’t think of any other time pre-COVID when everyone would be able to come together in one place to catch up, and for this reason, I think that this might have been one of my favourite birthdays of all time!
Listening to Music and Podcasts
Yep, we all knew this was coming. For me, music has always been a great way to unwind, and with so many new tracks and albums being released during the lockdown, I have been spoiled for choice when it comes to my WFH listening. If you are in need of a little new music inspo, I have created a mega-playlist which features a whole host of tracks which I’ve been loving over the past few weeks – why not check it out right here.
Oh, and how could I forget Podcasts! Whilst tidying around the house or out on walks, I have loved discovering some new podcasts – as well as listening to some old favourites. A few of my go-to’s of late have been the HILARIOUS ‘I’m Grand Mam’ podcast (I may have listened to all 30 episodes in one month), ‘All Killa No Filla’, ‘This Might Get Weird’ and more recently, the Tenement TV Podcast.
I hope you enjoyed this little lockdown roundup, and have perhaps been inspired to try out some of these activities yourself. For more tips and advice on how you can clear your head as we begin to adjust to our new way of living, why not check out ScotGov’s Clear Your Head site (www.clearyourhead.scot). Alternatively, if you need to speak to someone about how you are feeling, NHS 24, Breathing Space, SAMH and Samaritans are always on hand to help.
Please Note – This post was created in collaboration with the Scottish Government and is a paid advertorial.