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Productivity Hacks That Will Make Life Easier

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There is something that sometimes goes hand-in-hand with being a stationery lover and that is productivity. That and stationery is pretty! Haha! I have a folder on my Pinterest for all things productive and it’s one of my favourite boards on there. It contains all the thinkings of people smarter than me.

My favourite things to pin are night routines, tips for girl bosses and motivational podcast ideas. I’ve really gotten into podcasts lately so you might see a post about them in the future. Our lives have lost all sense of routine so, hoping that life is ever so slowly getting back to normal, we’re trying to reset. The best way to do that is by having a feeling of productivity in our lives.

That’s why I have some hacks that might help you work as your best self!

Block your time out

You know how when you were studying for exams, you set aside times to do certain subjects? Well, at least some of you might have! We can still use that mindset for our work now. Make a list of all the things that you need to do that week and block out certain times of your day dedicated to the thing. Just one.

You don’t want to ‘bite off more than you can chew.’ Our brains can easily get overloaded by doing multiple things at once to save time.

By doing this, your mind can give that thing its full attention. You can do this with blogging, workouts or even taking yourself out for a walk.

Create a dedicated workspace

Don’t do what I do and work from your sofa.

Though, in my defence, I don’t have anywhere else to work and the wi-fi is better close up! If you can, try to create a place in your home where you do your work. You can have a desk in a corner of a room where you won’t have any distractions.

You can still make it pretty! Pop up some quotes, photos, items close to reach and all that fun stuff. Pinterest is literally full of desk ideas. I have my eye on a desk from Ikea that I pop all my things on. Finally…a place for all my stationery!

Do short bursts of work

I’ve watched/read about people that literally sit down for hours and work. While I appreciate that you get the work done, you could hurting both your physical and mental health. Some people can only work focused for around 10-20 minutes at a time while others have conditioned themselves to work a bit longer.

According to The Medium, there is a technique called The Pomodoro Technique. You basically take away anything that will distract you and work fully focused for 20-25 minutes. You follow this by a 5-minute break and go back for another 20 minutes.

That way your brain is going ‘UGH! I’M SO BORED!’

Stay away from social media

I know, I know! This is literally impossible for most bloggers since social media is basically tied to our souls.  However, if we’re going to get any work done during our blocked time, stay away.

Yes, that even means during your breaks.

There are other things you can do during it such as going for a walk, stretching or even have a quick dance to music. Nothing like having a dance to one of Taylor’s new tracks! She has so many epic ones!! Just try to stay away from your phone and your laptop for a brief while and give yourself a moment away from technology.

Snuggle your pet!

There are so many other productivity hacks out there for you to choose. These were only the ones that I personally try to incorporate…if my brain lets me.

What techniques do you use to help stay productive?

Lifestyle Mental Health

5 Ways To Reset For The Upcoming Week

One of my favourite type of vlogs to watch on Youtube is looking at how people prepare for the upcoming week. They’re so much fun to watch and you get some amazing ideas on how to reset. There are a bunch of things you can do to get you ready for a brand new week! Whether you do nothing at all or try to get as much done as possible, it’s still your Sunday. Self-Care Sunday!

Let me know what you guys do to prepare for the week. I’m nosy, okay?

Tidy rooms

This isn’t something I always do on a Sunday.

It tends to depend, as everything does, on how my mental health is doing. There are days when I can stick on Spotify and get things sorted. Other days, I’m lucky if I can even do the dishes. I think there is a saying that ‘a tidy house makes a tidy mind’ and that is so true.

A big trigger of my anxiety is being untidy. I’ll be honest and say that I do have an okay flat, but I do tend to have piles of different things on my sofa. I accumulate it all during the week and I don’t have a lot of storage. If I keep it close to hand, I’ll be able to grab.

Tidy around and you’ll start the week all clean!

Do nothing

It’s a little contradictory that this one is doing nothing but yeah…do nothing.

Our weeks are usually pretty hectic (ignoring ‘Rona) and we don’t always have time to sit still. On Sundays, we can. Well, most of us. If you work Sundays, I admire you greatly!

What better thing to do than have a Sunday reset.

Reset yourself – mind, body and soul. Do some yoga, catch up on sleep, watch some Netflix and chill. They say Sundays are meant to be a day of rest!

Do some self-care

If you are doing nothing, that means you have time to self-care. I’m so guilty of not looking after myself any day of the week and it’s a serious problem. Maybe that’s why I watch so many videos. I’m living my best life through these vloggers!

  • Put on a face mask
  • Paint your nails
  • Have a nap
  • Read

Meal-prep for the week

Since we’re having a reset and preparing, why not get some meals cooked for the rest of the week? That will take one thing off your to-do list.

I’ve tried a couple of times to meal-prep but I’m still trying to find the best things to cook. I’m super indecisive especially when the weather is warm. I hate cooking when it’s super hot outside! People get hangry for food, I get hangry for being a freaking tap!

Create a plan

My favourite for all things to do during all this chaos!!

Life has been so unpredictable this year and I’ve hated it. All the things we were supposed to do went the metaphorical window and left us all with cabin fever. I’m hopeless when it comes to doing nothing since my brain doesn’t switch off. I have to be doing something!

That’s why I try to create a plan on my reset day. I write down all the things I want to do/need to do during the upcoming week and make a list. Which things are super important and need to be done earlier in the week, which can I delay to later in the day…

What things do you do to reset for the new week?

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Lifestyle Mental Health

How Much Should We Really Share Online?

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Over the last couple of decades, our prescence online has reached an all-time high! More and more people are using it to capture moments, share memories and following people they love. It’s crazy how addicted we have become on sharing everything and anything online.

From a baby’s birth to saying goodbye to drooling over food, we share it all.

I never realised how much we share online until I started thinking about it. While it’s easy to focus on the positives of social media, it got me wondering: do how much do we really share online? There are so many out there with power to ruin our entire online experience and sometimes even our lives. They troll, bully and blackmail with the info that you’ve put out there.

I promise I’m not trying to put people off using social media once it’s pretty vital to a blogger! I’m just typing out loud, that’s all.

No matter which social media you use (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube or Pinterest), there is always the possibility of being targeted. As a blogger, we’re in the unique circumstance of sharing our lives online. There aren’t many jobs/hobbies that do that (right now) and it’s something that we’re slowly starting to learn more about.

When I was 11, the internet didn’t even impact my life at all. I didn’t even own a computer or a mobile phone.

The only time I got to use a computer was at school and, even then, it was rare! We had a computer corridor we got to use every now and again and the screens were black with green writing. I think they were Acorn ones and the only excitement I got was playing a game called Castle of Riddles!

As I went through school, social media became more and more apparent. People were learning what selfies were, they were texting more and doing poke wars on Facebook. It wasn’t until I was leaving school that I was introduced to Twitter and I fell in love. It was so much fun seeing what your favourite celebs were thinking or doing. I wouldn’t say that I became addicted to social media because  my mum had already set a limit on online time.

2008 was when I started to write and share more of my life online. I fell in love with a website called RupertGrint.Net and actually joined them as a news poster at one point. I’m still friends with one of the girls who ran the site (hi Steph!). It was writing on this website that introduced me to writing posts of any kind and I fell in love. How could I have not known about this world sooner?! Eventually I discovered the downside of how much we share online.

I started to hear horror stories of girls being groomed by men, teens driven to suicide by trolls and data being leaked. Just those 3 things stopped me from sharing as much as I did. I deleted where I lived and just gave the county, didn’t give me my proper first name until a few years ago and wouldn’t post local pictures. Even to this day, I don’t even follow local accounts out of fear that people will track that.

Now that we literally share everything online, it’s scary! How much do you think we should share online? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially from my blogger friends!

Do you think we’re now at a point where we should be more careful or are we fine as we are?

Fandom Lifestyle

Why I Changed My Blog Name

Why I changed my name
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Well, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post! It has been over a month and I’ve missed you guys! If you didn’t notice I’d ducked out for a while, then no worries. I just decided to take a break away from blogging and social media to focus a little more on my mental health. I also wanted to look at the direction I wanted to take my blog next.

I’ve had the blog name ‘TheDeeWhoLived’ for nearly 3 years and, while it was amazing to have it, I knew it needed to go. I think all the news about J.K Rowling and her archaic views finally put a nail into that nerdy coffin.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m still utterly addicted to Harry Potter! It’s my magical world! J.K may have created it but we have built it. It’s our world now regardless of what she thinks.

It really knocked me for six when I saw what my favourite author was talking about and that’s what tainted my blog name. TheDeeWhoLived just didn’t feel right anymore. I couldn’t hold onto this Harry Potter name anymore. I actually wrote a letter to her offline to get all my thoughts and feelings onto paper. I have way too many transgender friends who have been affected.

Now you’ve probably seen my new name ‘According To Daisy’ and are probably wondering what the inspiration behind it is. That’s always something I think when I see a blogger changing their name! Haha! I could easily have come up with a detailed reason but I don’t have one! I chose this name because these posts and opinion are according to me!

That’s it.

Simples!

The next thing you’re probably thinking about is whether my content will stay the same. The answer is partially. I’m still going to write lifestyle posts because I really enjoy chatting about my daily thoughts, but I also want to venture more into my first love: fandom. I stepped away from writing more of these posts because they didn’t get much interaction but now I just don’t care.

I have too much fandom love to give so won’t stop myself anymore!

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what fandom content I want to create, though I have some fun ideas. I just want to put back the fun into blogging again. Putting so much pressure onto myself is what triggered my mental health in the first place! I’m never going to get thousands or even hundreds of views. I’m just too quirky but I can still post. If I enjoy what I blog, then that’s the most important thing.

I’ve also archived my old Instagram with all the Harry Potter content. Again, I will still post some Potter pictures but I want to include the other fandoms I love. If you can’t handle all the nerdiness, then fairdo. I can’t wait to introduce you to all of the things I love:

  • RWBY
  • Disney
  • Books/Reading
  • Anime
  • Doctor Who
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Lord of the Rings

It’s true that I’ve lost over 100 followers on Twitter since I changed. At the end of the day, it’s their choice whether they want to follow or unfollow. I can’t keep people around and I never want to force anyone to. I’m starting afresh and that means new people to discover and potentially collab with! Who do you think would make a perfect collab match with me?

Can’t wait to start this new chapter in my blogging journey and take you along with me!

What do you think of my new blog name? Think I shouldn’t have changed?

Lifestyle

What I’m Watching On Netflix This May

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You know how we once said we barely had any time to watch everything on Netflix?

Yeah, I think someone up there took us seriously and have given us way too much time on our hands. It’s kind of a good job that I hadn’t binge-watched anything so have had plenty to watch. One of the things I love about Netflix is that it’s constantly adding new TV shows and films to the site.

You even have originals to love as well!

We’re a week into May and I thought it was the perfect time to share what I’m planning to watch throughout the month. Some of these are out and some of them are coming out later on!

Films

The Half of It

When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn’t expect to become his friend – fall for his crush.

As soon as I saw the trailer for this film, it was immediately added to my notifications! It ticks all of the boxes for what I love in a cheesy film: it’s funny, it has an amazing cast and it’s LGBTQ+! There are so few of these kinds of films so I was beyond happy to see this!

I’ll probably do a little wrap-up post of this at the end to let you know what I thought!

Becoming

Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with “Becoming”.

I had been hoping that Michelle Obama’s book would become a documentary! It was such an interesting look into what she’d been through up until this point. I’ve always thought she was an incredible woman who had a great sense of humour and made an awesome First Lady. If only she and Barack were still in the White House! Nobody is perfect but yeah…

Something had been missing when I read her book and that was seeing it on screen. There’s only so much my imagination can do!

Five Feet Apart

A teen with cystic fibrosis shakes up her daily routine and challenges hospital protocol when she falls for a fellow patient.

Alright…so this one is a little bit of a cheat.

I’ve already the book, seen the film and have this on DVD. It’s just such a heart-warming/heart-destroying film that I didn’t think I’d fall for so hard. The reason why I’m watching it again is pretty obvious: we’re all having to keep at least six feet apart right now and this was my attempt at being funny! Haha!

Plus Cole Sprouse is so good in this!!

The Sun Is Also A Star

Sparks fly between romantic Daniel and science-minded Natasha, high schoolers who have hours to fall in love before she’s forced to leave the country.

Another film that was a book first!

This was a book that I couldn’t really figure out when I first read it. I’m not entirely sure what didn’t sit right with me but I finished feeling disappointed. Maybe I didn’t get it for some reason? That’s why I’m hoping watching the film will let me give it another chance.

If I like the film, then I’ll give the book another shot!

TV Shows/Documentaries

Hollywood

In post-World War II Hollywood, an ambitious group of aspiring actors and filmmakers will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.

Two words: Darren Criss!!

This guy deserves every award under the sun for the performances he has been giving! I’m so happy that he got recognised for ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ and it’s quickly becoming obvious that Darren and Ryan Murphy are a powerful force!

Darren has that kind of face that fits well with any era! Modern or past! He’s even the face of the poster on the Netflix website! It’s so cool and I’m really excited to sit down and watch.

Sweet Magnolias

Lifelong friends Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue lift each other up and they juggle relationships, family and careers in the small, Southern town of Serenity.

I’ve always had a thing for these kinds of TV shows. I guess growing up in the 90s with shows like Gilmore Girls, Sex in the City and Friends has an effect on you. Plus I’m at that age now where I’m going through some of the same problems these women are.

That makes me feel so old!!

Sometimes you just need a show that makes you feel good about yourself. It doesn’t start until 19th May so you’ve got plenty of time to decide if this is your kind of show.

The Hollow (Season 2)

After discovering the truth behind the Hollow, friends Adam, Mira and Kai must face their fears and tackle even bigger challenges together.

You knew I had to have at least one thing on this list that showed I’m still a big kid! If you haven’t watched The Hollow, then you have to check it out on the Childrens tab. It actually keeps you guessing right until the final episode. I love watching cartoons and anime as a guilty pleasure and just being distracted.

I didn’t even know that there was going to be a Season 2 until writing this post! It’s coming out on Friday too!!

What are you watching on Netflix this month?

Lifestyle

5 ‘Hug From A Social Distance’ Gift Ideas For Your Personal Heroes

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It’s May 1st and, like everyone, I’m missing my friends and family. Having to social distance away from them is difficult even for someone with social anxiety. It’s true what they say: you really don’t miss what you have until it’s gone. So many people are having to celebrate important days away from each other: birthdays, anniversaries, births and more.

That’s why showing how you care can be so important.

There are so many ways you can show someone how you feel. By this point we’re pros at showing our key workers how much we appreciate them! There are loads of windows around the UK decorated with rainbows, pictures and we’ve been applauding every Thursday.

We’ve even been sending each other gifts from our Amazon wishlists to make someone’s day a little lighter. We’re literally hugging each other from a social distance. I’ve been trying to buy a few little things from Etsy to help support any small businesses. While on there, I discovered that people have been making cards and little gifts for people.

I had to share some of my favourites from the site! If you love, please feel free to support and buy.

‘Thank You NHS’ card (£2.75)

Have you got someone in your family or a friend who works for the NHS? It doesn’t matter if they’re a doctor, nurse, receptionist or even a new volunteer! They all deserve a massive thanks from us!

I loved this ‘Thank You’ card because it shows them for what they are.

Super heroes!

Nursicorn Mug (£7.95)

If there’s anything I know about nurses, it’s that they have one crazy sense of humour. My mum was one for over 40 years and she had the best humour! It’s really a case of laughing or crying sometimes. When I saw this mug, I got a massive grin on my face.

It’s just so quirky and not what you’re expecting!

Plus it would be great to give to a nurse who has a magical personality! Haha!

Rainbow Pocket Token (£3.99)

Remember how I said how special rainbows are right now?

Here’s one that you can carry in your pocket from a loved one! It has a gorgeous little saying that comes along with it: ‘Keep this rainbow close to get you through the storm.’

So cute, right?!

You can make it personalised and let someone you care about it feel loved.

‘Stand Back You Must’ T-Shirt (£14.70)

You knew I had to have a nerdy pick for a gift idea.

This one is a t-shirt with Baby Yoda wearing a mask saying ‘Stand back you must’. I mean…that’s what we all have to do right now. Stand back from people and keep some sort of social distance.

I’ve been watching The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda is the cutest little thing in the galaxy! Perfect for any Star Wars/Disney fans stuck in lockdown.

‘Saving Mickey & Humanity’ T-Shirt (£20.88)

Another Disney t-shirt for my fellow fangirls/boys!

I’ve never known Disney parks all over the world being closed for anything other than hurricanes, but we now we’ve had all this. It’s something to gift someone who is in the know and wants something to wear in future. Nothing like saying we kept Mickey and everyone safe from the world!

What gifts would you give to anyone from a social distance?

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Lifestyle

How To Incorporate Hygge Into Your Spring Decor

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The UK may have entered ‘British Summer Time’, but it’s still spring in my books and that means I can still type these kinds of posts! I’ve heard the word Hygge (pronounced ‘Hoo-ga) mentioned quite a lot over the years.

There’s a famous book called The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living that I know a bunch of my friends have read. I did try to read the book back then but I just couldn’t get into it. I might have to find an e-book version and give it another go.

If you’ve never heard of Hygge before, it’s basically the Danish word for being all cosy and content. We all need times when we can be both those things and that’s why it’s important that your home reflects that!

Hands up who actually does their deep cleaning during Spring?

I wouldn’t say that I deep-clean because there’s only so much I can do, but I do like to be tidier! A tidy place tends to trigger me much less than one covered in dishes and dusty. I’ll admit that the word cosy immediately makes me think of winter but it can be any season. You just have to tweak things! As you can see from the title of the post, I’m going to be chatting about the little things you can do to your home this season.

Don’t be afraid to be cosy when the sun is shining

As much as we’d love to be walking everywhere and anywhere, we’re all going to be home-birds for a little bit more. There’s no rule that cosy is only a cold-weather thing. It can totally be an all-year-round thing if you want it to be. Whatever makes you feel all content is perfect!

Do you like opening your windows? Do it!

Love fresh flowers in the kitchen? Put them there and enjoy!

Wherever the sun is shining, grab a chair or even sit on the floor and read. You can make yourself a little picnic and enjoy the birdsong!

Let plants be your new friend

You don’t have to look on Pinterest long to see pin after pin of homes with plants. I was always brought up with at least one plant in either the living room or kitchen. They give the room a real fresh feel and apparently they give that area more oxygen!

Nothing like a fun plant to help you out!

Not entirely sure what plants are the best so maybe you guys can help me out there.

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Throw out all that clutter

As I mentioned, clutter doesn’t make any happy.

We probably wish that magic existed and that all of it would disappear if we looked at it hard enough. Unfortunately not the case right now. We all have to do it the old fashioned way: good ol’ elbow grease! If we’re going to be at home more, might as well be happy about it. You don’t have to go crazy…just throw the items that give you no joy and you’ll feel much calmer.

Let there be light

The sun is shining, people!

Spring comes with it every now and again so we can all feel the hygge of feeling on our skin. However, that’s not the only kind of light your home can get! What I mean is swapping the dark winter items for more colourful, lighter ones. You can swap heavy knit blankets for blush pink throws on your bed, use happier cushions on your sofa and even break out the floral prints!

Have frames you’re not sure what to do with? Print out/order from Etsy a gorgeous print to fill it. I may or may not be obsessed with looking at lamb photography. They’re just so cute!!

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Burn a fresh candle

Last year was the first time I had burned a vegan soy candle and I loved it! I actually still haven’t finished it but it’s definitely on the last legs! I’m hoping to use the little container for some flowers when it’s done. I haven’t gotten a spring-scented candle as of yet since I haven’t had the chance to properly look. I have heard some great things about the Diptyque Mini Freesia Candle (£27)!

Any great candles that you think I should check out?

What are your thoughts on Hygge during Spring?

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Lifestyle Mental Health

5 Frustrating Habits I’ve Developed While In Lockdown

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We’re 5 weeks into this total lockdown and I’ve really started to notice some frustrating habits that have developed during this.

I mean…my brain has always been a bit foggy and weird, but it’s actually been extra annoying over the last month and a bit. It helps that we’re all in the same boat so probably share some of these habits.

If you feel how I do, let me know so we can rant about it together!

Awful Concentration

I always thought I had pretty decent concentration considering what my head goes through but that is non-existent right now. I have never known it to be as bad as this. I’ve been trying to keep things as normal as they were before and it just isn’t happening. The one area I’ve really noticed this is writing blog posts!

I have so many ideas that I want to write and, every time I sit down to type one out, I’m left staring at my screen. It is really starting to annoy me and it’s a surprise that I’ve even managed to type this one. I guess I understand that we’re all going through an extremely rare situation and that will have a big impact. I just wish that it gave me a break every now and again.

It’s not just blog writing. I have awful concentration when it comes to reading too! *sob*

Even less sleep

Sleep has forever been a thorn in my side.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve struggled sleeping whether from nightmares or over-thinking. As I’ve gotten older, insomnia has become my partner in crime and has been walking around my flat at all hours of the morning. I’m trying a bunch of different things to make me sleepier but not happening right now.

These days I’m lucky if I get even 4 hours sleep. It doesn’t help that my neighbours drive me around the bend with music and fighting, but my brain just won’t switch off! I’ve tried writing things down, turning my phone off, listening to music and pillow sprays…nothing.

If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. I need all the help I can get.

Snacking

Okay, due to have a binge-eating disorder, snacking is one of the frustrating habits I’ve had for a while. (Don’t worry…I’m seeing a clinic to help me figure this out!)

That said, snacking has been going alongside the lack of sleep.

The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to realise I snack to keep control. My life has gone completely out of control due to this stupid virus so eating is the only thing left to me. I snack if I’m bored too, I reckon. Surprisingly my snacks are pretty healthy, such as fruit and coconut yoghurt. It’s just the frequency of when I have them.

I’m trying to drink more to see if that curbs the craving but no luck as of yet.

Irritation

This is one of the few times that I’m actually glad that I live on my own.

My mum could have vouched that I have a bit of a temper when I have things on my mind. It might surprise you but I think that’s just my Irish side coming out! In normal circumstances I can only rage and rant internally and keep from people seeing how irritated I am. However I’ve noticed how easily irritated I’ve been these last few weeks.

Sun blazing through my window? GAH.

Birds tweeting too loudly? SHUT UP!

Accidentalily scratching myself with a sharp nail? WHY?!

It’s no surprise that I’m getting more and more grey hairs! I bet I’ll be more grey than brown by the end of this! Haha!

Crying

Out of all these frustrating habits, crying isn’t that much of a surprise.

On a lot of my school reports I was told that I’m a little sensitive. That I would cry over little things and that I had to try and toughen myself up a bit. Considering that I was bullied horrendously through school, I think they should have picked on why I cried so much.

Zipping forward to present day, it’s also no surprise that I’m crying more.

I’m stressed!!

If I wasn’t already on medication for my mental health, then I would be yelling at my GP to put me on some as soon as possible. The last time I cried was last Friday when my antidepressants didn’t come up with the rest of my repeat prescription. I thought I wouldn’t get any for the next 4 days, the lady on 111 kept asking why I couldn’t have family fetch them for me from Tesco and my anxiety was already through the roof.

I broke.

It’s all sorted now thankfully (at least for this month) but I expect I’ll have more days when I’ll be a sobbing mess.

What frustrating habits have you noticed since lockdown started?

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What Is On My Post-Lockdown Bucket List?

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One post that I’ve seen so many people posting lately are what they’ll be doing after the lockdown. I think it’s the only thing keeping us sane right now. I don’t think we’ll be taking for granted the freedom we’ll have after things goes relatively back to normal. Don’t think that things will go straight back to normal. It’s going to take a long time for the world but we will!

So many ideas are going through my head about what I want to do.

Some of them are probably not going to happen for a while because money, but anything to keep me distracted is a plus in my books!

Book spa treatments

I haven’t had any kind of spa treatment this down but I reckon I’m going to need them! I already know that I’m going to look like Robin Williams in Jimanji! Bushy eyebrows, cracked hands and everything else you can imagine. The idea of being able to get my eyebrows threaded, nails done and a manicure/pedicure sounds like bliss! I really hope that my hands can hold out for the next couple of months!

Go to an exercise class

I had put off going to a class at my local gym due to my anxiety. That’s going to change after lockdown!! Not being able to go out and exercise properly has been awful! I’ve been trying to walk around my neighbourhood but there’s only so much you can do when dodging people!

Does anyone feel so rude doing that?!

I really want to do a yoga class! My body is going to need a good stretch!

Hug someone

Do you want to hear something sad? I haven’t hugged anyone in over 9 months, maybe more. I don’t like random hugs. That said I do like hugs! If you’ve met me, you’ve probably had a hello/goodbye hug! You don’t know what you miss until you can’t do it!

If I see you after this, expect a long hug! I’ll be touch-starved!

Take a day class

Like the whole exercise thing, I haven’t had the courage to go to a day class.

Stupid anxiety!

Whether it be joining a choir, taking dance classes or even learning a new skill like drawing, I’ll be happy! This whole pandemic thing has taken me far out of my comfort zone so I should be able to face these things! This Hufflepuff will become a Gryffindor when we get released from lockdown!

Visit all my favourite local places

All the businesses I loved to visit will be affected financially so will need all the custom they can get! Places I’ll be checking out are my local vegan place (I miss their sweet potato burger!), an old 1940s tearoom who make the best GF scones and Punnydukes in Matlock!

I bet it’s impossible for even high-street chains, but it’ll be almost fatal for small local businesses! If I can find a way to help them out, I’ll try to find it! For now, I’ll just try to help people who either have an Etsy or an online business!

Just walk

I miss walking without fear!! I want to be able to walk where I want, when I want and for as long as I want. Being restricted is not fun and, if the UK government have any say, then we won’t even be able to walk. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen!

I can’t wait for the day where I can just go for a walk along my local canal or park, Obviously the weather here is probably go back to winter because of global warming! Haha.

What do you want to be able to do after the lockdown is over?

Lifestyle

Staying Hydrated & Healthy With Waterdrop

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With everyone now focusing a lot on their physical health, we’re all trying to find ways to help our situation. Whether it’s by doing home workouts, yoga or taking vitamins. Even though I take a lot of my medication in pill form, I don’t particularly like taking them. I remember not liking the feeling of them in my mouth and was probably on liquid medication for longer than I should’ve.

One particular thing I take in pill form is my vitamin.

I know I could have a chewy vitamin but haven’t found a flavour I like yet.

When I saw Sophie at Glowsteady’s post about Waterdrop, it had me interested! I’ve heard about vitamin water before (and I love), but I’ve never heard of some different flavours in cube form. I’m such a big kid and love watching the teeny cube fizzing away like a bath bomb! It’s fun!

If you haven’t heard of Waterdrop before, they are little vitamin cubes that you drop into a glass of water and can be focused to tackle certain areas such as:

  • BOOST – Blackcurrant, Elderflower and Acai
  • RELAX – Hibiscus, Acerola and Aronia
  • DEFENCE – Cranberry, Rosehip and Moringa
  • GLOW – Mango, Cactus Fruit and Artichoke
  • YOUTH – Peach, Ginger, Ginseng and Dandelion
  • FOCUS – Lime, Baobab and Acerola

I had the majority except for Defence and Focus! I could’ve done with those two because they’re the ones that I striggle with them the most! Haha! We all could do with a little pickup to kickstart our immune systems a bit more. The stronger they are, the better you’ll do I think!

When any kind of illness is happening, you want to make sure that you’re as fit as you can be to fight it. The same goes for trying to avoiding Coronavirus. We’re staying home, we’re washing our hands and we’re saving lives. Nothing says you can’t attempt to help your body out a little. Every little helps, right? Plus this way we’ll be able to hydrate ourselves!

2 bonuses in 1!

As crazy as it sounds, I struggle to drink a lot of water. Not to say that I don’t drink much because I can drink up to 5 glasses a day. I can just never get up to those 8 glasses that you’re meant to have! Not for want of trying. I even have a daily water intake tracker in my bullet journal to see how much I’ve had in a month. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ll hopefully drink some more to keep cool!

What do you think of Waterdrop?