So, here we are once again. My blog has been quiet over the last few weeks. The UK went into a second lockdown at the start of November, I celebrated my 29th birthday yesterday and now we’re all trying to to finding new ways to keep ourselves entertained. Surviving lockdown has been tough on all of us, especially when all you want to do is enjoy the good things in life like exploring new places and socialising with your friends. It’s a crap time, especially as winter fast approaches.
I’ve been fortunate that lockdown hasn’t impacted me as much. I send my love and thoughts to anyone who has been severely affected! I made the most of my birthday and have been trying to keep myself amused during my weekends with no plans… not that I had many plans in the first place but the freedom to go out and about is not within reach right now.
So, what have I been doing in my ‘spare time’?
Ah, TikTok. A lockdown companion that has become very addictive for me. However I can’t help but spend endless hours watching videos/reels from various people around the world. My For You page is mostly filled with cat videos but sometimes the odd funny clip or foodie style videos creep in. I have had to put a time limit for this app as you can spend mindless hours scrolling through TikTok!
Happy Colour iPhone app
Paint by numbers, something I have seen constantly mentioned by influencers on Instagram. I have taken the ‘easier’ option by finding the Happy Colour app on my phone however I have spent a good few hours using this app to help boost my mood or keep me distracted from my own thoughts. This is a free app to download and there are plenty of pictures to colour in.
Running became my new routine back in the first lockdown and despite the weather being changeable, I’ve tried to continue this in lockdown 2.0. Alongside this, I’ve tried to incorporate dancing as part of my exercise regime. Granted the shorter days have made this difficult. A huge part of me wants to be cosy in bed and I don’t seem to have as much energy compared to the Spring/Summer months.
Learning British Sign Language
I have been meaning to learn British Sign Language for years. As someone with a hearing disability, I want to expand my knowledge in this area, particularly as I’m passionate that more people should at least know the basics of sign language. The Deaf community is vast and I find it beautiful that they have a language for them to communicate away from speech. Hopefully as time goes on, I will be able to finish and receive a certificate in BSL.
Finding old CBBC shows on YouTube
Am I really 29 years old or have I just regressed back to 10 year old me? This has been a recent discovery of mine and I’ve been in my element. Maybe rewatching CBBC shows like Raven and Jungle Run has allowed me to remind myself of the happier times back when I was a kid. Adulting can be tiring and sometimes the kid in us needs to be let loose every so often!
How have you all been doing during the second UK lockdown?
How have you been keeping busy in lockdown 2.0?
Any suggestions of what else to do through winter?