I’ve seen a few of these posts over the last couple of weeks so I’ve decided to create my own. While the COVID-19 pandemic has well and truly fucked EVERYTHING up, a good way to keep our sanity can be to have a look at the silver linings of what lockdown has meant for us. I’ll be honest, I am ridiculously pessimistic, so I often find it hard to find the positives in crappy situations. What I’m trying to say is that putting this list together was a little bit tricky. However, following a few wines, I’ve managed to put together my little list of five silver linings I’ve discovered during (the first) lockdown.
Not having to sit through a 40 minute commute at the end of my work day has meant that I’ve had more free time in the evening, which in turn has meant that I’ve actually had the time to get back into a fitness routine. When I was commuting, I barely had the time to squeeze in one or two workout videos, but now I’m back to a full five video routine of the Blogilates calendars (if you have no idea what I’m banging on about, take a look at this post). It’s been great for my mental health and it’s felt like I’ve been accomplishing something during this severely unproductive time.
Friends & Fam
While lockdown has meant that we haven’t actually been able to see our friends and family, the joys of Zoom and Facebook Messenger has meant that we’ve had a whole new take on our social lives. Ironically, over the last few weeks, my weekends have actually been busier and more sociable than usual! It’s made me value the time spent with my family and friends a whole lot more and I can’t wait until this shit is all over and I can spend more time with them. Meeting my Mum for a walk with Daisy the other week was one of the best weekends I’d had in a long time, and seeing Lillie and Copper for our socially distanced dog walk was just what I needed. I can’t wait to get hammered with Lillie, go for lunch with my Mum, enjoy a BBQ with my in-laws and go for a girls’ weekend with my friends – lockdown needs to fuck off soon.
Separately, lockdown has meant spending more time with my little family, which has kept me sane(ish) and boosted my mood when I’ve needed it most. I’m ridiculously grateful for the fact that I’ve not been alone during lockdown and that quarantine has been spent with my husband who has made me laugh constantly and looked after me when I’ve been severely battling the little twat in my head that is OCD.
Specifically…Paul Mescal. Oh my. We were a little late to the party watching Normal People but following the buzz about it we decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the plot and the storyline but I’ll be honest, the thing that kept me hooked? Paul Mescal and that freaking chain he wears.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, stop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and go watch Normal People. It’s on BBC iPlayer and Hulu. I’ll wait.
The show is pure filth (in a good way), the chemistry between the two leads is amazing and it’s refreshing to see there being some light shed on topics that aren’t always addressed in your usual YA dramas. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a new obsession with Paul Mescal who plays Connell. Fuuuuuuuucckk.
Having a little extra free time has also meant that I’ve been able to spend a bit more time on my blog too. I’ve been working on auditing some old posts since March so it means I’ve had much more free time to get on with it, and I’ve been able to work on posts in the evenings too. I’ve also been able to spend my lunchtimes commenting and reading on other blogs too, whereas before, I would procrastinate by going out shopping and sniffing all the fancy soaps in Lush. I’ve also managed to score a little freelance work too, thanks to a client at work who wanted a little extra lockdown content.
Building Up My Alcohol Tolerance
This isn’t exactly a positive if you think about it properly, but I’m choosing to see it that way. Lockdown has meant that I’ve certainly been drinking a hell of lot more (fuck, I’m drunk as I write this now truth be told), and while I know it’s not something to be proud of, I’m seeing it as a good thing, in that my liver is going to be well prepared for all of the BBQs and house parties and wine sessions that are going to happen once this is all over.
At the time of writing, we’re not particularly sure how much longer lockdown will go on for, but hopefully there will still be some time for us to enjoy what’s left of summer! What lockdown silver linings are you most grateful for? Let me know in the comments!