lockdown

With the news today that the North East is going to be put in lockdown again, we’ve come up with a little list of things to do to keep you occupied.

While a lot of folks are still working throughout this bout of tighter COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a lot of elderly and young people who’ll be stuck indoors. This one’s for you.

1. Write

Now a lockdown veteran, the best bit of advice I have is to write – and write every day. I’m not talking about writing a novel (although that helps, too): I’m talking about writing accounts of your day and what’s happening.

At the beginning of all this, I started keeping a mini diary about lockdown and Coronavirus. It actually helped make sense of the restrictions and the surreal time we were living through. It’s a good way to manage everything that’s going on.

2. Make sure you leave the house

I’ll tell you this for nothing: I’ve never wanted to be outside more than when I was told I couldn’t be. Curbing my liberties? Better make use of the few I have, then.

So, yes, it’s important to actually leave the house. Whether it’s a walk along the road, or popping to visit someone through the window, getting out is important.

3. Take time cooking

One thing that’s therapeutic is cooking. Making meals and taking a bit of time over them can really help to calm you down. And when you have all the time in the world, make a bit of extra time to do something nice for yourself.

Even if it’s just a sandwich, taking your time is a nice thing to do.

4. Read or watch something every day

Be it Harry Potter or Glee, watching or reading something every day helps add a bit of sanity and routine to your lockdown life. Entertainment is allowed – but don’t overindulge. You don’t want to end up feeling rubbish because you’ve sat in your PJs all day watching-but-not-really-watching TV.

5. Make a list of things to do when you’re out of lockdown

My little journal I mentioned before? I managed to make a list of 40-odd things I wanted to do when I was out of lockdown. Most of them were just tiny little things, but they mean so much when you can’t do that.

Make that list and be positive about it. You got through it once, and you’ll get through it again.