Like many of you, I’ve been feeling anxious and slightly panicked over the past days due to our least favourite c-word. Earlier today, our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand will go into lockdown within 48 hours. To me, this offers a such sense of relief as I know it’ll help flatten the curve and reduce case numbers in our small country. It’s so important that we not only follow the government’s instructions, but look after ourselves while in self-isolation. I’ve been self-isolating for over a week already, only leaving the house to pick up essential groceries, so feel like I’m starting to get a handle on it.
As you might already know, Nick and I were preparing (both physically and mentally) to move overseas in a few short weeks. We’ll be staying put in New Zealand for the foreseeable future as travelling (both domestically and internationally) needs Most of our furniture has been sold, but fortunately some kind friends have lent us their chairs to use in the meantime.
It’s easy to focus on the negatives right now, but I’ve decided to dedicate my online space to spreading positivity; reminding you to take care of yourself mentally and physically; and hopefully providing a bit of a distraction from the headlines. During these unprecedented times, we’re invited to slow down and spend time on what matters. If you need some inspiration to become more of a homebody, here’s what I’ll be doing this month:
Wear: Ah, loungewear. Rather than go the whole nine yards and get fully dressed for a day spent working from home, I prefer to take a minimalist approach. Sometimes I’ll change into my workout gear right in the morning, do a lunchtime workout and then shower and put on more everyday clothes for the afternoon/evening. Changing once or twice throughout the day helps elevate my mood.
I’ve been known to wear my Bassike rugby pants (pictured below) on days when I might need to leave the house (which is quickly becoming a distant memory) as well as linen trousers like these from Hej Hej. I’ve been on the lookout for a matching beige tracksuit similar to this one Hailey Bieber wears so well.
Photo by Shayden Whipps
Cook: I’ve never been much of a chef or baker, but I’m determined to try out a few recipes over the next few weeks. These are the recipes I’ve been bookmarking as of late:
I’ve started making smoothies every morning as well and my favourite is a green smoothie with spinach, banana, frozen açai, oat milk and peanut butter. I’ve also placed an order for some Grizzly sourdough, hot cross buns and sea salt bagels because this girl needs her comfort carbs.
Watch: I’m a big fan of thrillers and the occasional horror film (Midsommar was my jam) but during these anxiety-inducing times, I’ve been allowing myself to binge shows like Queer Eye, Schitt’s Creek and even rewatching Mad Men. If you haven’t seen Fleabag, it’s the best TV I’ve watched in years! Modern Love (it’s on Amazon) is also incredible, the first two episodes are a must watch.
Crash Landing On You is a Korean series I’ve been getting into as well and I’m keen to start watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Have you seen either of these?
Listen: Pre-coronavirus, I was already on a bit of a podcast binge, but in the past two days I’ve discovered even more that are worthy of a listen.
After Work Drinks with Grace O’Neill and Isabelle Truman is my go-to. If you’re struggling with the adjustment of self-isolation, give their recent episode, ‘A Self Isolation Survival Guide’ a listen.
Don’t Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller is an inspiring podcast that I’ve recently started listening to. It’s very aspirational at times, but quite reassuring at the moment.
Hurry Slow with Jocelyn K. Glei is a podcast about pacing yourself, hosted by Jocelyn K. Glei. Hurry Slowly is a podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.
Read: I’m ashamed to admit I’ve only finished one book since January. I was such a bookworm growing up, preferring books to other people’s company most of the time (lol), so I’m hoping to get back into reading over the next four weeks. Here’s what I’ve read and loved:
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport is brilliant. It’s all about deciding which forms of technology are absolutely essential to you (and your work) and then eliminating the rest.
The Testament by Margaret Atwood is the perfect follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s the first book I couldn’t put down in ages!
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman is a lovely escape to gorgeous Italian in the summertime (minus the Covid-19 pandemic, of course). I’m just starting this book, but it’s so beautifully written and descriptive. Highly recommend (and watch the film, too!)
I’d love to know what you’re wearing, watching, listening to and reading — any book recommendations out there? Sending you all lots of love during this uncertain time.