A New Normal

So here I am, back again writing on my little space on the internet. It’s taken me a good six months to get back here, and to I guess, get my mojo back. A part of me just thought about quitting this. Letting go of the writing and simply accepting that maybe this just isn’t meant for me. But behind the self-doubt there is a determination to keep the fire burning, now more than ever.

Right now, we’re living in very uncertain times. A few months ago, none of us would have predicted that the world would be at a standstill, fighting this unprecedented pandemic. No one knows what the next few weeks, even months will hold. But we can all take comfort in knowing that we are in this together, and we will get through this.

With that in mind, I thought I would use this opportunity to write a post on how perhaps we can use this new free time we have to lift ourselves, and remain positive.

Most of us are now working from home, and although it’s hard for some to adjust to this, I think it’s important not to take for granted the opportunity we have to be able to take things at our own pace, and to create a calming space for ourselves during this time. After all, when will we get another opportunity like this? We’re going to be in it for a while, so we might as well make it as comfortable as possible.

Whilst working I think it’s important to create an area that is relaxing and comforting. If you have a spare room you can create an office space for yourself, and if you’re working in your living room then making sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit, like an armchair, or a table will help you get started.

All of our routines have clearly been disrupted, so I think its crucial we try and keep one to maintain normality. Waking up at a specific time, having your breakfast, doing your morning exercise will really help in setting yourselves up for the day.

We have seen so many people coming together to create online tools for people to connect through different means such as daily workouts, dance, cooking and educational classes. Joe Wick’s P.E classes are very popular, both adults and kids can join in, making the workouts fun as well as effective. I tried one and found it easy to partake, and I certainly felt the effects the next morning!

It’s vital that we also protect our minds and mental health during this time. Being in isolation can become very difficult because we feel disconnected from people and society; we may feel like we’re not achieving the things we want to and this can cause us to become unsettled. Practicing mindfulness and meditation are good ways of keeping our minds at peace, and this can be done at any time during the day. Keeping active will also help us to stay focused. Go for a walk or run, utilize your one form of exercise a day! And drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.

Reading is also a great way to escape, and there are so many books to feed our minds and soul. I love to read, I have so many unread books on my shelf now that are going to be utilized!

This is also a great opportunity for all us TV buffs to catch up on all those box sets we have been wanting to get through! With a range of different streaming services available there is endless entertainment to cover all our needs.

Needless to say we all have time to nurture ourselves physically also, and isolation is going to prove to do wonders for my natural hair. I let the fro be free a few weeks ago in the hope I would be getting a new weave fixed, but my wig is now currently in self-isolation elsewhere, so for now here I am, free as bird and making the most of this time to feed this fro well.

Below are some of my recommendations to make the most of staying at home:

Podcasts:

Happy Place: Ferne Cotton – for uplifting

How To Fail with Elizabeth Day – for reassurance

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations – for inspiration

Dear Joan and Jericha – to laugh

Style Your Mind: Cara Alwill – for motivation

When Life Gives You Melons: Maya Jama – for girl chat

Books:

Good Vibes Good Life: Vex King – for self-love and motivation

Becoming: Michelle Obama – for inspiration

Queenie: Candice Carty-Williams – for a laugh, and heart-warming

Palette: The Beauty Bible For Women of Colour: Fumni Fetto – for tips on hair and skin care (and who doesn’t want to stay beautiful at this time?)

TV Shows:

Insecure: Sky Comedy – For all the laughs

Liar: ITV – for a little bit of drama

Self Made: Netflix – for some uplifting inspiration

Ozark: Netflix – intense gritty drama

Friends: Netflix – will never get old

This Is Us: Amazon Prime – for some heart-warming emotion

Films:

Marriage Story: Netflix – for some emotion

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Netflix – light hearted romcom for the feels

A Quiet Place: Netflix – sci-fi/horror suspense (for cuddling up)

The Terminal: Netflix – for some laughter ( and because I love Tom Hanks in this film)

And for everything else in-between, there is plenty to keep you going:

To keep fit – P.E With Joe Wicks

To keep cooking – Jamie Oliver

To keep dancing – Seen on Screen

To keep learning – Audible

And there you have it, we can all still stay connected with the things we love, we just have to adapt a little. Don’t forget those face time, zoom, house party gatherings with your friends and loved ones. There is always a way for us all to be together.

We don’t know how long we are going to be in this, but what we do know is that we will come out of this on the other side, greater than ever. Stay home, and most importantly, stay safe.

S x

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