The Self-Isolation Diaries #13: Day 1038267 of lockdown

I say ‘Day 1038267’ of lockdown sarcastically, which many may interpret as me being sick to the teeth of it, but in fact I’m not and I’m ever increasingly in my element.

I’ve not done a diary entry in nearly a month because, well, I’m not so sure why. I basically was nearly furloughed, so I made lots of plans to transform my house/body/soul etc to preoccupy myself, but then I didn’t have to be furloughed anymore which was a massive relief. Although it did mean my house/body/soul transformation is yet to take place. But I felt like doing an entry this lunchtime, post beautifully sunny bank-holiday.

I think the motivation behind this entry is that its starting to seem like country and businesses are going to start, slowly but surely, re-opening. And I’ll be honest – I feel insanely unsettled by the whole thing.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #12: Major life changes & 50k May

It’s been over a week since my last diary entry, which is mostly down to my brain feeling like its full of 104 other things. Kind of ironic, given the purpose of most diaries and journals is to vent these feelings, but instead I’ve chosen to spend even more time than usual on the sofa watching Disney+ and Netflix.

Last week I found out I was going to be making full use of the government’s furlough scheme and stopping work from 8th May until (apparently) the 1st July – whether that will be the case, time can only tell. I’ve been at my job for close to three and a half years, with the longest time away being just in March this year for my honeymoon – so wrapping my head around a world with no work has taken a while to adjust to.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #10: Will I ever get back into a better sleeping routine?

There is one part of lockdown that I can truly say I’ll miss, when all this is over.

And that is – sleeping in.

Every single day.

In ‘real life’ my alarm goes off just after 6am, so I have time to get ready, prep food for work and get the 50 minute commute in so I’m at my office for 8am. Now? Well, my alarm goes off at 7:15am, I get out of bed at 7:45am and I’m at my dining table turned desk at 8am.

I’m seriously loving it. But I can definitely feel my natural body-clock becoming later and later.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #9: Sudden epiphanies & 5k runs

Yes yes, that’s right – me, Livi Crawford, ran 5k in 33 minutes without stopping for the first time since 2017.

I’ve actually not run for longer than approx 2.5k – often stopping for a bit throughout – since 2017, either. I did it for the Run for Heroes campaign as I was nominated on Instagram, but I’m trying to get in some big workouts here and there anyway. I’m trying to get a better exercise & treat-eating balance overall whilst in lockdown, however I’d be lying if I said it was going perfectly.

But I still did 5k in a pretty good time for a non-runner, so I’ll take that and run (excuse the pun).

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #8: Entering the 3rd week of lockdown

It’s been nearly a week since my last post, I guess time really does fly when you’re doing absolutely nothing.

Today marks the 3rd week of my re-vamped blog being alive, which also means it marks the 3rd week of official lockdown – when the restrictions started for only going outside once a day, essential shopping and seeing no one that isn’t a person you live with.

One of the reasons I wanted to start this diary series was so that I had something in the future to look at and reflect one – just in case I ever forget how straight up weird this time of our lives was. 3 weeks in, it still seems surreal that this is actually our lives in 2020.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #7: A poorly PM and a poorly Mum, is this virus just going to get scarier?

I kind of miss the ‘good old days’ of early lockdown, where the things I was most worried about was how bored I was going to get, how access to evening snack-trips was going to be limited and the potential ruin of holidays.

With people who you’d seemingly think would be fairly resilient to the virus now getting seriously ill, the reality seems actually quite scary. Realise I may have been totally ignorant of this, as people were getting affected massively on a health level right from the outbreak, but this just hasn’t yet been my personal experience.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #6: Peaks & troughs of motivation

Since being in self-isolation – starting from the day we landed home from our honeymoon almost 3 weeks ago – my motivation has come in varying waves.

I don’t know if what I’m seeing is the norm, but my social media is full of people fitting into either one of two categories: Category A) Instagram lives every day, constant pics of their yoga session/HIIT session/weights session or Category B) people who are embracing the messy bun, constant PJs and biscuit tin.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #3: Achieving things in lockdown

After saying yesterday that I was feeling a lot lighter about the whole lockdown situation now we have a bit more of a concrete idea of how long this could last (whether it will be 3 weeks or not is a different question, I know) and the launch of Disney+ UK only made that better. So I decided to delve into the creation of an actual ‘daily timetable’.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #2: Lockdown, £100 supermarket shop & Disney+ UK launch

Yesterday we got more ‘official’ rules and guidelines as to what ‘stay home’ means (in case it wasn’t clear enough) and, rather than feeling more stressed out about the limitations, today I’ve actually felt lighter than I have in around a week.

I think its partly because we at least have a potential finish date in place now – 3 weeks time, which takes us to just after Easter weekend – which is more concrete than I feel we’ve had so far. Even if it changes, it’s still something.

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