• Jen

It's good to be home

Whether you have symptoms of the Corona virus or not, it’s inevitable and a sensible idea for most of us to stay at home as much as possible for the time being. I know we’re all being scared silly by what we are watching and listening to in the media, but most of us will be OK and this uncertain time will pass.

The thought of not going out to socialise, catch up with friends and family as we usually would is not nice, but this won’t last forever. Let’s enjoy our time at home and make the most of it. We usually complain that we don’t have enough time with our children, or we’re always dashing about here and there, that all of the small, enjoyable activities at home don’t get done. For example, I’ve been meaning to sort out photographs into albums for ages. I began creating a photo album each year for my little girl. I think the last album I completed was when she was 6 years old. She is now almost 11 so I’ve got some catching up to do!

So why not use this time at home to do something positive and enjoy it. There are so many things we can do at home and in our gardens. Spring is here (well, supposedly) so we can all get some fresh air and maybe start to grow our own veggies. Going out to the shops is a little like a minefield at the moment, so growing our own veggies, fruits and salads isn’t such a bad idea!

We’ve all got tv programmes recorded and box sets that we can binge watch. Or perhaps you have a stash of DVD's that you haven't watched in ages. We're currently making our way through our 'Friends' DVD's again. Oh my goodness, they are still so funny. I think it's important to laugh in times like this. It's cheesy but it's true, laughter is the best medicine. Stock up on popcorn and your Sundays are sorted!

If you’re anything like me you have a stack of books by your bed that you want to read. I’m usually so tired at bedtime that I read two pages and I'm fighting to keep my eyes open. Make a cuppa, curl up in your favourite armchair and escape into your book for an afternoon.

Similarly, I have a huge pile of magazines. I love my house and interiors magazines, but I have to be honest, I usually only ever have time to flick through the pictures and that’s it. I’m going to put aside some time to actually read them and cut out pictures for inspiration for my own DIY projects. You could even create a mood board for an interiors project you have planned.

We have just cancelled our Mother’s Day lunch out, just to be on the safe side. I'm not sure if we're being sensible or panicking unduly, but I think we will feel better by staying home.

Instead of eating out we will cook a meal together as a family (come on, it's Mother's Day, I'm not doing this on my own) and bake something delicious for pudding. I may even hint that breakfast in bed would be lovely. You don’t have to go out to spoil your Mum this Sunday.

Like many others we have also cancelled a holiday. It was only a weekend away as we’re not that organised to have already booked our summer holiday. But you can recreate a weekend away at home too. Put aside your usual weekend chores, so no housework, DIY or other boring jobs and do what you would do whilst away. Stock up on delicious food, have breakfast in bed, enjoy coffee whilst looking at the newspapers or reading a magazine. Go for a walk along the coast or in the countryside. Relax with a book, run a deep bubble bath, enjoy a glass of bubbles in the afternoon. Enjoy a delicious dinner that you've both cooked in the evening with a bottle of wine. You can still spoil yourselves and take a break whilst staying at home.

We as a family don’t listen to music enough. We all love music and listen to it on our own personal devices, but don’t really have it on throughout the house. Mainly because we all have very different tastes in music. But perhaps we could educate each other in our music choices. Spend an evening playing tracks from each of your playlists and you never know you may find something new that you like.

Get those board games out of the cupboard! There are so many fun games to play. Whenever we are trying to fill a rainy Sunday afternoon the games come out and we always end up laughing our heads off. Admittedly we are into silly games and not the more sensible variety like chess and scrabble. Games are a great way to have some quality family time together. Make them more rewarding by being able to win treats.

I work pretty much in isolation anyway, so the working from home on your own idea isn’t new to me, or many other small business owners. We’ve been rocking ‘isolation’ for ages!

It takes some getting used to, and sometimes I can feel a little lonely, so I listen to music, the radio or if I’m working in the house and not my studio (posh shed) I do sometimes have the telly on for company. I’m not sat watching it, it’s on behind me just as background noise. But I’ve recently gotten into (late to the party I know) listening to podcasts whilst I work.

Find a good one and binge-listen!

Obviously, it’s always important to eat nutritious meals on a regular basis, but during this health scare, it’s a no-brainer to make sure you and your family are eating healthy, nutritious meals to help build our immune system so we can fight off illness. Why not batch cook meals you can freeze and try new recipes. There is so much free content on the internet for healthy recipes and meal ideas.

And on this note, as we’ll be living a slightly more sedate lifestyle if we’re staying indoors we still need to exercise. I do a lot of my exercise in my lounge anyway as I have loads of workout DVDs and I also do workouts that I find on YouTube. You may not be able to visit your gym, but you can still exercise at home.

Now is the ideal time to have a good clear out at home. Most of us have lofts, garages, cupboards, boxes under the bed that are full of just stuff. Items that don’t see the light of day from one year to the next! Well, now is the time to sort it all out. Split everything into piles for recycling, charity shop, and things to sell. Or perhaps you’ll find something that can be up-cycled? Give yourself a little DIY / craft project to do.

And as we’re spending all of this time with our families at home, why not start to look into your family tree? I’ve always wanted to do this but it seems like a task that will take a lot of hours so I've never looked into it. But now may be the perfect time!

There are so many things we can do whilst staying at home. We have the internet for goodness sake! Embrace this time and make it work in your favour. And most of all look after yourselves and each other, including any elderly neighbours who may need your help during this time. Let's not be selfish in these times, but also think about others and support our local communities, families and friends. Keep smiling!

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