Coronavirus has put a halt on our lives in more ways than we could have ever imagined. Our working patterns have changed, our social lives are pretty much non-existent, and going to the supermarket is now a highlight of the week! Because we’re now not going into the office every day, or regularly catching up with groups of friends on nights out, we haven’t got dressed up for the best part of a year. Most of us are used to living in loungewear, putting our hair up in scruffy buns and avoiding full faces of makeup.
However, as the virus may be a big part of our lives for some time, we shouldn’t put a pause on our lives altogether, or stop doing some of the things we love. Here are some ways that you can still enjoy yourself throughout the pandemic.
Go out with (a small group of) friends
Depending on your local restrictions, making plans with friends may be trickier for some people more than others. However, if you are still able to visit a bar or restaurant – while adhering to social distancing rules – then why not get something in the diary with your girlfriends, pick out an outfit, pop in your favourite diamond studs and dig some heels out? Over time, more places should begin to open up, which will help to create further opportunities for those looking to enjoy some form of a ‘night out’.
Find a new passion or pick up an old one again
During lockdown, many people have also had to abandon their favourite hobbies and interests. Although activity and sports centres are beginning to open up again, why don’t you use this time to pick up a new hobby – or find your passion for one you used to love? Yoga, painting and cooking are all perfect for helping to relieve stress, while learning a new language, or learning how to play a new instrument are ideal for getting creative.
Enjoy and appreciate your surroundings
Sometimes we are all guilty of taken the things we have in our lives for granted. From our best friends and family members to our homes and possessions, it’s important to be grateful for what we do have. Practicing gratitude may help you re-focus and find pleasure in the little things around you, which many of us too often don’t appreciate the way we should. A great way to do this is to grab a journal every morning and start your day by writing down three things that you’re so glad to have.
Don’t let the pandemic make you feel frustrated, sad or angry. Instead, continue to do the things you love – and don’t forget to try out some new things along the way.