There are definitely some things I couldn’t live without during lockdown. Having been in lockdown for more weeks than any of us want to count, we’re all finding ways to keep ourselves sane, positive and healthy. Like everyone else, I have good days and bad days. Some days (very few) I jump out of bed for a 7:30 circuits class, other days (most of them) all I want to do is binge on chocolate hobnobs and refresh Instagram.
I’ve picked up new hobbies, products and routines, and dropped them just as quickly. My kindle is bursting with book samples that I’ve read a couple of paragraphs of and put down. The continue watching section on Netflix is full of started but not finished TV shows, films and documentaries.
There are, however, a list of 10 things I couldn’t live without during lockdown. And if I’m honest, number 1 is my absolute, ultimate, could not ever live without. Ever.
1. Daytime pyjamas
We all know that pyjamas are clothes now. Why would you wear anything else? Ok, sometimes I’ll dress up a bit and wear leggings but most days, you’ll find me showering and slipping into a fresh set of day jammies. My new Their Nibs jungle print shorts set arrived this week and I couldn’t be happier about it!
Coffee, my newest love. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker before lockdown. Yes, Monzo very kindly told me at the end of 2019 that I was in the top 7% of Pret spenders (yes, really) but that was thanks to a mild addiction I had to coconut lattes. And, in my defence, it’s difficult to walk past Pret every morning and not just “pop in”. But, lockdown has made me start to really appreciate coffee. I actually like the taste now, without loads of coconut milk or syrup on top. We recently discovered Pact coffee subscriptions and it’s really helping to develop my coffee taste buds. I’m also finding that making a cafetiere of coffee is a really nice way to start the day.
Don’t worry, I’m not a real grown up yet – most days I save some to have an iced coffee topped with chocolate Oatley in the afternoon!
From smoothies to sauces, my Nutribullet has come in so handy during lockdown. I’ve been cooking from scratch much more lately and am prone to picking a recipe, adding the ingredients to my shopping list but failing to look at the method until I’m ready to cook. There are so many recipes that casually say “put everything in a food processor”. Who has a food processor?! Not me but thankfully this is where my Nurtibullet comes into its own. I’ve also been making a few smoothies and shakes with any fruit and veg I’ve got leftover at the end of the week. If you haven’t yet, have a look at E’s post on the insta-famous Fraud Shake.
4. My lockdown notebook
I’ve always been a big fan of lists. I’ll often add something that I’ve already done, just for the satisfaction of ticking it off. A couple of years ago, I bought a bullet journal starter kit with every intention of becoming a pro bullet journaler (is journaler a word?). But, despite spending time creating a fancy index page for all the content I had planned, the creativity was short lived. Cue lockdown! I found my journaling stuff and got going again. My lockdown notepad hasn’t exactly turned into a beautiful bullet journal but it has become a home for pretty much everything I’ve done during lockdown – daily lists, quiz answers, doodles, new house renovation plans (very much a pipe dream at the moment).
5. Madfit YouTube workouts
My husband likes to call this “Bat Shit Fit”. Probably because when I’m doing MadFit YouTube workouts, it mostly looks like I’m bouncing around the living room! These workouts have definitely helped to keep my mental health in check during lockdown. Having been Furloughed fairly early on, I needed to find something that would allow me to use up some energy and also keep my mind occupied. I’ve definitely found this in MadFit. Maddie uploads new videos almost everyday with huge variety – 10 minute workouts for specific muscle groups, 30 minute full body HIIT workouts and (my personal favourite) song workouts. I completely lose myself while doing the song workouts and channel my inner pop star living my music video dreams!
6. Candles and wax melts
Is there anything better than lighting a candle or a wax melt? To me, it signifies finishing a chore or the start of a chilled evening. I love having a good clean up or sort out and then lighting a wax melt as a little reward to myself. Candles are definitely saved for evenings and weekends, proper chill out time but why not light a wax melt at 11:30 on a Monday? It makes the apartment smell amazing and puts a little veneer of calm on this crazy world we’re currently living in.
7. House plants
I’ve never been green fingered, or shown any interest whatsoever in gardening…I don’t have a garden, just a tiny balcony but even so, plants have never been my thing. That was until around a year ago when I decided to buy a house plant collection from Amazon. We got four plants in the collection, a Swiss cheese plant (aka monstera), an Indian rubber plan, a prayer plant and a spider plant. These four small plants totally transformed our living room, they made it feel more alive, more vibrant and just a nicer place to be. Since then, we’ve grown our plant collection by a couple and also have some plants on our tiny balcony. Lockdown has made me appreciate the plants we have even more, they help to bring the outside in and bring me so much joy. I even spent a sunny afternoon repotting all of them and planting some sunflowers, which made my day today when I spotted that they’re starting to sprout!
I’ve never had to charge my kindle as much as I have in lockdown. In normal life, I very rarely find time to read. It takes me weeks to get into a book and I tend to read the same page night after night, forgetting where I got before falling asleep the night before. But lockdown has given me the time and space to really enjoy reading.I’m loving the “I’ll just read one more chapter…” feeling and have got through more books in the last 7 weeks than ever before. My Kindle has been an absolute lifesaver! No waiting for books to be back in stock, no waiting for them to be delivered, no needing to find space for loads of books. I do love the feeling of a real book and being able to feel and turn the pages but the convenience of the Kindle has to be a winner at the moment.
9. Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime
What’s your TV subscription of choice? We got sucked in by Disney+ last week and I haven’t looked back! It’s got some great classics – The Parent Trap (I still want to be Hallie, 20 years later), 10 Things I Hate About You (what a film!) – and also some more recent Pixar films that I love – Coco (if you haven’t seen this, watch it immediately), Inside Out (so, so amazing). Next on my life is Reese Witherspoon’s Little Fires Everywhere will be on Amazon Prime and Queer Eye, Season 5 on Netflix. Cancel all plans…oh, wait!
10. Family Zoom time
I’m lucky to be really close to my family. We don’t live close enough to see each other loads but when we do, it’s always so much fun. A definite positive to come out of lockdown is seeing my family more. Virtually, of course! Since lockdown began, we’ve been having a virtual Sunday brunch with my mum, dad and brother. I’d normally only see my brother every few months, so seeing him every week has been amazing. Sunday afternoons are reserved for catching up with my parents-in-law, sister and brother-in-law and our incredible niece and nephew. This usually consists of some magical mayhem in the form of our 4-year-old nephew and a “guess the cuddly toy’s name” quiz from our 7-year-old niece. I can’t wait to see them all in real life and have a long-overdue cuddle, but I’m so thankful for Zoom catch ups in the meantime.