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How to make your birthday in lockdown feel as special as possible

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It’s become a depressingly familiar force of habit in recent years – scrolling through your social media feed in the morning and passively taking note of whose birthday it is, sending a generic Happy Birthday message and getting on with your day.

In a pre-lockdown world, this was fine, as we all had other things to look forward to on our birthdays. However, with so many of us now sequestered in our homes when we would rather be out celebrating with our friends and family members on our ‘big days’, that virtual birthday message needs a serious rethink.

 

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Anyone who is celebrating a quarantine birthday between now and the end of the year is probably in the same boat though. So, rather than relying on your Facebook friends to do something special (because let’s face it, they probably won’t – they have their own stuff to deal with right now), take your lockdown birthday into your own hands this year by considering the following:-

Make a cake 

Not only are we all trying to avoid supermarkets as much as possible right now, there’s something undeniably more special about making your own birthday cake from scratch. It’s not a particularly difficult bake either, as long as you’re willing to keep it simple. Where you definitely shouldn’t keep it simple, however, is in the decoration!

Glam up the house 

We’ve all become so used to seeing the same four walls, so wouldn’t it be nice to give them a little bit of a temporary makeover on our birthday? The obvious first step is to splash out on some birthday balloons to spread around the home, but why stop there? Going really over the top can make it feel more special, after all.

Glam up yourself 

You’ve probably spent every other day in your pyjamas but your birthday is one day where you can afford to spend a little time pampering yourself, regardless of whether or not anyone will actually see the fruits of your labours. So go glam and get your friends to do likewise before logging onto that group chat.

Brunch with friends 

The bottomless brunch has become a bit of a birthday cliche in recent years so spoiling yourself with bottomless food and booze on  Zoom might actually make it seem a little bit more special? Virtual birthday parties might become the rule rather than the exception going forward, so start now before it becomes another boring chore. You could even go a step further and create some interesting drinking games.

Make it into a joke 

Finally, with everything so deathly serious right now on a global scale, try not to take your birthday too seriously. It’s a ridiculous situation and there’s no better way to survive a ridiculous situation than by laughing through it.

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Home Organisation Jobs To Do During Quarantine

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Quarantine has been an odd time for all of us, and has marked the longest stretch of time many of us have been at home for a long time. But being at home doesn’t mean there is nothing useful and fun to do, and today we want to share some house and garden jobs you can do during quarantine to organise your stuff! 

Clear the wardrobe 

Over the year many of us end up collecting clothes we never wear, or clothes that are a little too small that we eventually plan to fit into. But now is the time to make a change and organise your wardrobe for good. Take some time this week to go through every part of your wardrobe and try everything on. Only keep things you love, things you wear, and things that have genuine sentimental value. Everything else? Either sell online through Vinted or get rid! 

Minimise your furniture 

After a long time living in the same house; and in this case staring at the same four walls every single day, it is time for a change. Grab yourself some secure storage units and think about clearing out the rooms of your house to make them more minimalist. You don’t need THAT much furniture, and once you have tried life without some of those small tables and cupboards that clutter up the space, you’ll likely find out that you don’t need them at all. Once you know what you want to keep and get rid of, sell items online and make some money in lockdown. 

Tidy the garden 

The house isn’t the only part of your home that can be changed and organised this year; the garden can be worked on too. Simple ways to spruce up the garden during lockdown is to clean up the flowerbed borders, weed the garden, and prune your large shrubs and trees into more manageable sizes and shapes. Have fun playing around with the look and feel of your outdoor space and it will make a huge difference. 

Organise the loft 

The loft is a part of the house which is often taken for granted and neglected, but this week you can make a positive change and finally rid yourself of the useless clutter you don’t need. Clearing out the loft might take a fair bit of time, but it will be more than worth it when you have extra space to store items you plan to keep for years to come. 

Clear your pantry 

Another part of the house that can sometimes be forgotten about is the pantry. If you are looking for a useful job to tackle today, the pantry is a great option. In an hour or so you will be able to rid yourself of out of date food, foods you simply won’t eat, and you can even extend your efforts to the freezer and tidy that up too. 

Take time this week to identify different areas of your home that can be better organised, and sit down and get these niggling jobs out of the way!

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown

Although the word on the streets says they are easing the lockdown measures, many people I know are still in lockdown. It can be very tricky to maintain a healthy lifestyle in lockdown. Many people find themselves indoors all week and getting little or no exercise. This is not good for the mental or physical health. Which is why we all need to find a way to carrying on maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown. Here are some ways you could go about doing this –

Eat and drink healthy

I have detoxed myself from my favourite soft drink – Cocacola. This was not planned. I just found myself not having the urge to drink it as much anymore and I slowly realised I have not drank it at all for almost 3 weeks. This is a huge deal because I was pretty on a can a day for ages and that was me being good. On somedays I could find myself drinking 2 whole cans of it. I am glad I am off it. It still feels like a dream. I never thought I would see this time in my life where I drink water like it is the sweetest drink ever.

Eating and drinking healthy is so important, especially in this lockdown. I am glad I am able to do this effortlessly.

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Stay active

I have 2 active children so staying active is really easy. They keep me constantly on the move both indoors and outdoors. We go for regular walks and the change of scenery and fresh air does wonders. We try to step outside everyday for a few minutes and it really helps.

Get good sleep

I am sleeping a lot ealier these days. I am usually in bed by 10:30pm now and this is super early for me because I was a midnight owl some months ago. Going to bed earlier allows me wake up earlier. It also allows me start my day with a clear intention and I love it. If there is one thing you do for yourself this period, try to get some decent sleep. It helps loads.

Have a routine

I work from home and homeschool the kids, so having a clear but flexible routine helps us stay on top of our to-do lists. Having a routine also helps my state of mind. I like knowing what needs to be done and when. It gives me a sense of control.

Switch off the news

I don’t watch the news at all but I now many people find the need to keep up constantly with the press. I get the facts online and zone out the rest but I never watch the news. If you must watch news, I would advise you to minimise your viewing as much as possible and just take out the bits you want. I think it helps your mental health when you don’t constantly have the news on 24/7.

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Mediate

This lockdown has led me to meditating even more and I am loving it. Meditation does wonders for the mental health, especially when you mediate with a clear intention.

How are you maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown? Please share your tried and tested tips below. Have a great week and be safe.

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