Enjoying Self-Isolation against COVID-19

It’s about time that I talk about the dreaded C-word: COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. The virus itself has created a change in our daily routines and our mood. It’s affecting us all. More and more, people are now cooped up in self-isolation, without contact with others. Social distancing is incredibly important to help slow the spread of the virus. However, mental health and mood is also important. Today, I wanted to talk a little about that.

Over the coming weeks, I will be writing more blog posts to try and help you improve your own mental health, your mood and just do some self-care. These ideas might also include what you can do for others to help them, especially if you are worried they are sick or you are worried for them. I hope that these things will help you to self-care whilst also helping others. 

Focus on something else

Perhaps you have a hobby that you’ve been meaning to practice, such as drawing. Maybe your life dream has always been to publish a book. You might have lost touch with friends or relatives that you wanted to stay in touch with. Whatever it is, now is a good time to start taking action towards it. Self isolating and social distancing is purely physical. If you want to draw, just grab a pen and paper and do it. You can use your computer to write if you don’t fancy practicing your handwriting. Picking up the phone and giving your loved ones a call – or even messaging them through any of the online services they may have – is a great way to get back in touch. Video calls are pretty simple these days.

Do you have books lying around that you always wanted to read but never finished? Perhaps letters to write? Cleaning to do? Whatever it is, now is a great time to sort your space out and start working on those unfinished tasks. If you are already organised, perhaps you could try something new. Experiment, start a new project, find new ways to bond with your loved ones online or with those you live – maybe you could have a board game night or card game night?

Make your space your own

If you’re working from home, try and make your environment a little more pleasant. This could be trying to find a quiet space, perhaps it’s a clean desk or maybe it’s adding some pictures up. For me, I needed a quiet space to work and would ask the people home at the same time to just not talk to me until I finished work. I also drank a lot of water, and had good lighting in the room – and a comfortable chair. I know not everyone will have all of the facilities but try and make the space a place that’s comfortable for you to stay at for a while and a place where you can concentrate on the task at hand.

That’s all from me today. But I’ll be back with projects, reviews and self-care opportunities for everyone to try and stay positive in these times in the coming weeks. My hope is that self-isolation becomes slightly more enjoyable. For now, I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. 

Thoughtful Studio and the Tess-a-Penpal Collection

With my 30 before 30 goals in mind, I knew that I really wanted to make time to scrapbook or create more. Scrapbooking is a skill I’ve always admired but not dedicated much time to learning. I spend a lot of time worrying about the little things and one of the biggest decisions I have made this year is to work on stopping that. Don’t stress the small stuff – just go for what you want. Taking that approach, I decided to make two decisions. One was to scrapbook more – just to stick things down and go for it. The other is that I dared to apply for a design team. A team with beautiful individuals creating together. I am so pleased to announce that I got accepted. I am super excited to be among the first Thoughtful Studio design team, bringing creations with the new Tess-a-Penpal collection to you all!  To continue with the challenge, I’ll be attempting to do some digital scrapbooking as well as physical over the coming months!Thoughtful Studio - New Adventures Scrapbook Layout

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30 before 30 – my progress

Eek! Less than a year to go before I hit that point where I should probably figure out how to adult. (Why don’t we instantly learn how to adult when I hit thirty, right?!). I actually created my 30 before 30 list when I turned 28 to give myself two years to complete it. It seemed apt to try and get down what I wanted to have achieved in the next two years. Since I have less than a year left, I thought it best to review the list and see if there has been any progress towards it in the past year. I know I did not dedicate as much time as I would have liked last year towards it so this is something I will have to actively add to my planner over coming months.

30 Before 30

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New Year, New You 2020

People often get reflective towards the end of the year or the start of a new one. It’s a great time to start planning your new year, making resolutions or reevaluating what’s important in your life. This time, that’s doubly the case for me. Almost two months back, I handed in my notice. I had absolutely no idea what I’m going to be doing in 2020. For the first time, I didn’t really make any plans. I just knew that I wanted a change. In order for the end result to be different, you have to change the process. You can’t stick to the same habits, the same hobbies and the same behaviour but expect completely different results.

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Diamine Inkvent Calendar – the inks inside it!

It’s Christmas yall! Merry Christmas to all that celebrate it – and I hope everyone (regardless of what you celebrate) has a very great season. This post also completes my twenty five days of Blogmas. I hope you enjoyed the series. I am not done yet, though. There will be a lot more content coming in the new year. Today, I finally finished opening my Diamine Inkvent Calendar: featuring twenty five days of glorious inks. Now that I have all of them opened, I wanted to share the contents!

Blogmas - Inkvent Calendar

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