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5 ways to spend your time during lockdown

April 10, 2020

Many of us suddenly find ourselves in the position of having more time. A lot more time. Whether you’re working full time, or you have an extended period of time off work, its likely the majority of us are experiencing plan-free weekends and evenings inside. Wow, I said the word time so many times…it’s officially lost all meaning.

Whilst it’s necessary to acknowledge the severity of this situation and accept that you know what, this is pretty shit, there are always ways to draw sunshine out of challenging times. And I’m always here to help you do so!

One of the things I’ve been enjoying so far in this period of isolation is finally getting round to doing things that have been on my to-do list since 2001. The ‘that would be cool to do’ kinda jobs that never really take priority.

Now don’t get me wrong, over these strange few weeks or months there will plenty of Netflix + PJ binges (I’ve already got through 2 series this week alone), but if you’re like me and like to keep yourself busy, this list might help.

1. Get experimental with your cooking

You know those recipe books that have been sat on your shelf collecting dust for the past couple of years? It’s time to dig them out, have a flick through, and post-it note like crazy on anything that takes your fancy. You now have additional time to spend on those recipes that just wouldn’t be achievable during the normal 9-5 madness, so be bold, and make those Burrito Zucchini Boats with Cheesy Beef Quesadillas and a side of Mexican Corn Salad…can you tell I’m craving Mexican food?

Obviously at the moment it can be harder to get hold of the ingredients you need but this is part of the fun! So you’ve got half a sweet potato, a jar of pesto, some cous cous, and some paprika in the kitchen? I guarantee there’s a recipe for that, it’s time to get creative.

For me, cooking and baking is therapeutic. I’m happiest with a nice glass of wine, a podcast on, smelling the (hopefully) delicious aromas of what’s in the oven.

Plus I love eating so if the end result is stuffing my face, it’s a real winner.

I’m currently making a list of all the things I’d like to bake over the next couple of months, so watch out for my chocolate chip banana bread recipe!

2.  Create, create, create

Whether it’s online content, knitting a new scarf, or up-cycling your manky old side table, now is the time to create. And if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter! Occupying your mind for a while and dedicating yourself to a new project can do absolute wonders.

As of this week I find myself in the position of having every Friday off my full time job, so I’ve decided to dedicate that day to creating content for my blog and Instagram. Something I’ve never been able to do before. So if there’s anything you’d like to see from me, just shout.

3. Spend time writing

OK I don’t mean it’s time to write your first 637 page novel, although if that’s what you wanna do (impressive), go for it! I’m talking about slightly smaller projects. We all know someone who would find so much joy in receiving a hand written letter, so if it’s safe for you to do so, spend some time writing to someone.

I know how much my Grandparents appreciate receiving letters and emails as we can’t often speak on the phone, so I’m trying to do it as much as I can.

Alternatively, spend some time journalling. We find ourselves literally in the making of history right now and I can’t help but wonder what it’s going to be like looking back on this time in years to come. No matter how dire it’s been, I think it will be fascinating to look back on our thoughts and feelings throughout this period.

Journalling is also a great tactic in calming the mind and releasing all the crazy thoughts that are no doubt clogging up our heads at the moment.

4. Binge watch/ read/ listen

Its an obvious one, but when did you last have the chance to dedicate a whole weekend to our one and only love, Netflix? Create a list of all the things you’ve been meaning to watch and make a start. We all need a bit of an escape from the world occasionally and there’s no better way than getting stuck into a good series.

So far I’ve watched season two of Sex Education, The Stranger, Tiger King (WTF), and I’m making my way through The Good Place. I’d say that’s a pretty good start.

Similarly, if you’re like me, you often don’t leave very much time for reading books. Sadly, it’s usually on the bottom of my list of things to do so I’m going to try and dedicate a little bit of time each week to read.

5. Organise to your heart’s content

Has anyone else been getting so much satisfaction watching peoples ‘tap to tidy’ Stories? Seeing sad shoe cupboards go from beast to beauty is seriously inspiring me to get my tidy on.

Our Tupperware cupboard has been neglected for way too long, and now I can’t use the ‘I’m too busy’ excuse, I think it’s time to tackle it. Make a list of everything you want to do in your home, organise, declutter, repaint, and work your way through it when you feel like keeping busy. Imagine how good it will feel coming out of all this with your space fully organised and tidy.

Hopefully there’s enough there to get you started, but believe me, there is so much more! If it’s helpful I’ll create another list of things to keep you going.

Finally, remember there’s no pressure to do any of the above, or anything that anyone else is doing throughout this time. If the most you can do is get out of bed and get showered, that’s amazing too. We’re all dealing with this in whatever way we can.

Sending so much love,



4 responses to “5 ways to spend your time during lockdown”

  1. Emma Thomas says:

    We’ve been experimenting with cooking as well! It’s been quite nice having the time to create some new things in the kitchen!

    I’ve also set about the house trying to get the odd jobs done (our Tupperwear cupboard also needs some attention!) I might even get brave and have a go at the wall papering I’ve wanted done for ages!

    Take care,

    Em x

    • estherruthwyse says:

      Oh wow it sounds like you’ve been getting very busy, I love it!! Please share photos if you get round to wallpapering!! Sending lots of love x

  2. newgirlintoon says:

    I LOVE The Good Place, we rushed through the whole lot so quickly! We are currently clearing our Sky box of shows that have been sitting on it for 2-3 years .. we’ve got 40% available on the box now and at the start we had less than 20% so we’re doing really well!

    • estherruthwyse says:

      It’s SO feel good isn’t it?! Perfect at the moment. I love that – you’re making very good progress! Sending lots of love x

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