Hi everyone and welcome back to a new blog post.
Apologies for a lack of Nice News last week. I was very unwell with cramps and going through a bit of writers block. I don’t want to produce content for the sake of it, only good quality content that I know you, my readers will enjoy. This week’s edit will have a few more than 5 stories to make up for it!
I don’t know about you but I am well and truly fed up. I’m fed up of lockdown, not being able to kiss or hug my boyfriend, not seeing my friends, my fake friends showing their true colours now more than ever, fake family not supporting one another, daily walks are getting repetitive.
I just want to go on a date, sit in the park and have a proper picnic with my friends, explore London, enjoy some ciders at the pub with friends, and have a cosy Netflix night in and sleepover with my boyfriend. IT SUCKS!
This is supposed to be a positive news outlet I know so In this week’s edit, I have some tips: ~ Date nights from home, how to stay motivated and avoid boredom, how to start a new hobby and so much more…
Missing your man? ~ Here’s my tips
Virtual date night ~ Me and my boyfriend recently purchased Disney plus. He wanted it for Marvel and Star Wars, me for… well everything else so we decided to pre-order the subscription right before lockdown. We have been watching it together from our own homes and using Houseparty whilst we do so. The app offers a screen share. We also watch Netflix too and it’s a great way to have a cozy date night in as we would if not for lockdown.
Show your love ~ Me and my boyfriend have been sending each other little gifts here and there to remind each other of our love and just to cheer each other up really. Silly little things like flowers, sweets, ice cream, etc. Something to bring a smile to the face of each other and look forward to.
Swap T-shirts ~ I’ll probably get into trouble for sharing this but me and my boyfriend swapped tops. He has one that smells of me and me of him. It’s a nice little comfort to sleep with if you miss snuggling up with your partner at night time. His smell instantly relaxes me and it’s the same for him. Not quite the same as sleepy snuggles but it does help.
Talk daily ~ Even before lockdown me and my boyfriend messaged daily but try to video call daily or at least send video clips. This has really helped me with missing him. Knowing what he’s up to if he’s safe (his job is a police officer), is he still missing me as much as I miss him… It helps just to hear his voice for me.
New hobbies to learn in lockdown
Art ~ I’ve been loving Cari Cakes content recently. She posts some great, calming YouTube videos. I’ve been so inspired from watching her content to have a go at watercolour painting. I’ve always loved watercolour art but never ever thought to try it myself. I went on Amazon and purchased a paint pallet, some brushes and an art book. I find it truly relaxing and enjoyable, I’m not too bad either although I won’t be sharing for some time.
Baking / Cooking ~ Baking and cooking is once again another relaxing hobby but also a life skill. You kind of need to know how to cook and it’s for your benefit if you improve upon your skills… Start off with simple recipes such as pastas and cupcakes. Work your way up and maybe even experiment slightly with recipes. The best way to learn is by doing.
Fitness ~Fitness has such an impact on mental health. It really can boost your job and push out anger and frustration. I’ve been working out again in the hope to get fit for my upcoming holiday in September. It’s really helped me stay calm and sane during lockdown… I am still keep to start running although I haven’t yet. That’s also a great frustration outlet and so enjoyable if like me you live by some beautiful countryside and nature.
Blogging ~ If you’ve wanted to start blogging for a while now because like me you love writing and are passionate about a particular subject then now is the perfect time. Sign up on WordPress, pick a URL and theme, find your unique angle (show off your personality and passions), and get blogging.
YouTube ~ YouTube is the same as above. Create your channel, come up with a unique name and style. Standing out is key to grow! You don’t even need a camera, you can start off on your phone. Use something simple like Imovie to edit for now and upload your videos to YouTube. It’s easy!
If you would like me to do a more in depth blog post about how to start and grow your own blog and YouTube channel then please do let me know?
Burnt out and fed up? ~ How to get your motivation and mojo back in action
I felt pretty burned out last week and I haven’t really been that inspired lately. I’ve just felt a bit sluggish laying in bed and playing Animal Crossing. Taking some time off my blog was the best thing. Sometimes having some time and space away really does reload your motivation and drive.
Here are my tips on how to get you mojo back:
- Take as much time and space away as you can.
- Alternatively if you can’t because it’s your job. Don’t overwork yourself, shut off completely after your finish time, do something you enjoy and that relaxes your brain in the evenings.
- Go on a run or walk, fresh air really does help to calm and clear the mind. We can go on walks right now remember… fresh air is healthy.
- Talk to your friends, perhaps they can help to inspire you.
- Browse Pinterest or the internet for inspiration.