My days are blending into one however I have been finding some more productive ways to use my time. I tried my hand at baking bread, did some gardening and picked up my ukulele (after a few years of not touching it). I also have recently started enjoying my runs more.
The sourdough starter I made from scratch went well but I was unable to buy strong bread flour in the shops, so my sourdough bread turned out quite dense. I also baked banana cake, scones and three ingredient banana pancakes. I have also shared my recipes and creations online as a way to interact with friends and family too. It is a way to share and create together but apart.
The front and back gardens have been weeded and I am proud of my efforts! Not something that I often did in my childhood home but now it gives me fresh air and sun on my skin.
Learning ukulele was a hobby I picked up back in 2013. It was an easy instrument to teach myself and I found that I enjoyed re-learning the chords as well as songs that I could play well before. Definitely a work in progress but practice makes perfect!
With all leisure centres and pools closed, I have been missing my swimming sessions immensely. It was my way to let off steam and destress after a long day at work. Recently I have started to get into my runs and use them as time to let out my pent up energy, as well as to catch up on my podcasts (as I do not have a commute to work). I can feel my muscles getting stronger after the initial pain and tautness, and my stamina is building up step by step. I have also used my runs as a way to explore my local area and to appreciate nature more.
While it is an unsettling situation that we are all in with no idea when things will ‘go back to normal’, it can also be an uplifting time to build on ourselves and to strengthen our souls. Investing that extra time into myself has allowed me to develop skills I previously would not have thought to hone. All we can do is take each day as it comes, and to do our part in staying safe by staying home.