Sunday, 26 April 2020

Isolation thoughts and walks

I've been trying my best to focus on the positive aspects of this lockdown, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts. I'm also going to share some of the photos that I've taken on my walks, since one of the positives is that I have been walking and exploring a lot more. It has been both amazing and eerie to see parts of Edinburgh that are normally very busy with tourists, completely still and empty. 

A big part of me believes that this is probably the most quiet my life is going to be until retirement and, as much as I love living life by going to the gym, going for food and drinks, going shopping and importantly spending time with family and friends, I know that sooner or later I will be doing all of those things again. This time in isolation is such a short period of time in the grand scheme of things and I'm therefore trying to appreciate and accept the present moment. 

The first positive is that, with all of the gyms being shut, I have started running outside. This is something I had never done before, even at the gym I would hardly ever do cardio. I'd normally be in a rush after work to do some weight training and get home. Whereas now I've been following the couch to 5k app and running all around my area. Through doing this I have been getting to know the area I live in and enjoying a bit more daylight and sometimes the even the sunset. I have added some photos from some beautiful locations that I've found below. 

Another positive is that I have been able to give my hair a bit more of a rest from being washed, dried and straightened. I've wanted to grow my hair for so long so this has been a really good time for me to do hair treatments and practice increasing the number of days between washes. Similarly with my skin, although my skin has been problematic during this lockdown, I am thankful that I have not had to wear makeup nearly as often and have therefore been able to focus on my skincare. 

I've also spent a bit of time baking, which is something that I never really have time for previously. Baking is something that I've always wanted to become better at, as I remember my mum always baking when I was a little girl and I don't want to be complete beginner by the time I have my own kids. I have shared some of my recipes in previous posts and will hopefully be sharing some more. 

Finally, being in lockdown has helped me to realise that I don't need as many clothes as I seem to think I do. I've been able to cut down on my online shopping, clear out my wardrobe and list some of my clothes on Depop. I'm sure that by not wearing many of my clothes for a while, when I go back to wearing them many of them will feel brand new again.

In sharing these I in no way intend to undermine how difficult and dangerous this time is for so many people and I know I am in a very blessed. 

Let me know what positives you are taking from this time!

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