Wednesday 25 March 2020

How I'm Keeping Sane Whilst Social Distancing

So it's been a little while since I last sat down and wrote a blog post. Things have got weird over the last few weeks and to be honest, it's just not felt right to post anything. That's not to say I disagree with other bloggers still posting, we all deal with things differently and I've really enjoyed still having content to read but personally I just couldn't find the motivation for it and I had no other content ready to go so that's why things have been a bit quiet on here and over on my Instagram. Whilst I'd love to carry on with my 3 blog posts a week, I know I'm not going to. At the time of writing this, I'd just had a few ideas buzzing around my head and I felt like I wanted to sit and write so that's what I'm doing but I'm not going to force anything. If I want to blog, I'll blog and if I don't, I won't. So there won't be a real schedule anymore to my posts, at least while everything is so up in the air but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter. Anyway now that ramble is out of the way, I thought I'd share a few of the things that I've been doing over the last few weeks to keep myself sane. 
Cath Kidston mug held up in front of bookshelf
We're all (hopefully) doing what the Government has ordered and social distancing/isolating if unwell so we're all spending much more time at home. If I'm in the house for too long with nothing to do though, it drives me mad! Of course it's something we have to do at the moment though so we can hopefully get over this as quickly as as possible so here's what's been helping me fill my time and it's all actually been really helping when I'm feeling the stress of everything that's going on.

Spring Cleaning

First of all, cleaning always helps me. What's that saying? Tidy house, tidy mind? That really does apply to me and I genuinely struggle to relax if things are untidy. That's not to say I like doing it, let's face it, it's a pretty boring task but I do love that feeling afterwards when I sit down, with a candle lit of course and feel happy with the space I'm in. Aswell as basic tasks which I do anyway like cleaning the kitchen, polishing the room, hoovering etc, I've also been sorting out our wardrobe, getting rid of anything we no longer need, cleaning the windows, dealing with our kitchen cupboards (a task I'd been putting off) - just stuff that doesn't get done day to day.

Going For A Walk (When It's Safe To Do So)

Obviously we should all be limiting our time outside now to just one form of exercise a day and as we have a dog that needs walking, that's something I'll be doing each afternoon. We were trying to get out for walks where possible anyway (social distancing of course) so I suppose nothing has changed in that respect, we'll just have to be more careful with where we go and ensure we only do it once. Just a little bit of fresh air each day does so much good and as we're not unwell so don't need to isolate, we'll definitely be making sure we get that. We're just making sure we go at quieter times of the day and to places nearby which aren't ever full of people anyway (let alone now) and of course making sure we're not coming into contact with any other fellow dog walkers.


Of course with all this extra time at home, I'm going to be baking. Over the last few weeks I've made a Golden Syrup cake which I'll be sharing a recipe for soon, peanut butter cookies which are always a firm fave and trusty shortbread and each time it's just completely calmed me down. I don't know what it is but I just find baking therapeutic so it's my go to when I need to occupy myself for a while. 

Cooking New Meals

Aswell as baking I've also been loving cooking more over the last few weeks so it's safe to say I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Again, it's something that chills me out (the majority of the time) so I've been looking forward to each night making a nice meal for both of us. Aswell as trying out new meals like my sticky soy chicken and veggie chilli, I've also been going back to old favourites like chicken lasagne, pizza pasta bake and diet coke chicken and just trying to change up the meal plan where I can and working around what I've been able to get in the shops.


I'm sure it's no surprise I've been spending a lot of time with my head stuck in a book. I read a lot anyway as I'm sure you might be able to tell from my reading roundups but there's something even more special about it now and it's just a complete escape from everything that's going on in the world. When it's all getting too much or I've exhausted the whole of Netflix, a book will always be there and I've just found reading even more of a comfort than I used to.

So that's how I've been trying to keep some sort of normality going whilst social distancing! I imagine we've got many more weeks of this to come so I hope if you've been feeling a bit stuck and unsure of how to fill your time, that this has maybe given you a few ideas. I'm just trying to use this time to soak up my family, read that book that's been sat on the shelf for months and really look after my health in every way. This is a pretty new and worrying time for all of us so I just hope you're all keeping safe, take care ❤️

How have the last few weeks been for you? What have you been doing to occupy yourself?

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Ellie (thediaryofellie) said...

I never used to go for walks because im lazy but i appreciate them so much at the moment!

jennyinneverland said...

Glad to see you have plenty of things you're doing to keep sane! Today's the first day I've actually felt a bit more positive. I've been ill since last Thursday but I feel much better now, emails are picking up, I have a to-do list of things I wanna do and I've just found out my Mum doesn't have to go into work next week - which we were all really worried about.

I'm making the most of our garden but looking forward to getting back into going for proper walks with the dog, when I'm fully recovered! I have a TBR list of "lockdown books" that I wanna get through and a list of Netflix movies I wanna watch too.

This is such a difficult and weird time for everyone, so just doing what you have to do to get through is so important! xxx

Nic said...

Good to hear that you have plenty of things to keep you going through this rare tough time we are all going through. Thanks for the ideas as well. Hope you keep well :)

Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

Hannah said...

Glad to hear you've got things to keep you occupied during this lockdown. I have been loving seeing your bakes over Instagram, they always look so good. I definitely need to Spring Clean soon xx

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Heather Nixon said...

I have been reading so much recently x

Tiffany Timms said...

Oh me too! I'm really enjoying that one bit of fresh air a day now though so much has been taken away. It's made me appreciate things so much more xx

Tiffany Timms said...

You too Daisy! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I hope you're feeling better now Jenny! It's such a strange time. I went from feeling really positive about this year to having it all snatched away so it's been an odd few weeks, just trying to find the positives where I can xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you, you too :) xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you so much Hannah! I just can't stop baking at the moment xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Me too xx

Lady Writes said...

I'm going to try and do some baking with the boys this week x

Sophie said...

I was feeling so stressed and anxious about everything before we went on lockdown but I feel so much happier and calmer knowing the majority are indoors now. I am missing the gym and other routine stuff, but I'm enjoying my dog walks and trying to make the best of it. I'm glad you're finding plenty of stuff to keep your brain occupied x


Tiffany Timms said...

Great idea! It's the thing I turn to when I'm stressed x

Tiffany Timms said...

Me too. It feels strange being so limited but also it's the only way we're going to get through it. I just hope those that aren't taking it seriously start listening soon so we might still have something left of the year to enjoy xx

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