I believe it’s the right time for me to talk about my thoughts and emotions on how I’m feeling about the current situation. If you don’t already know, I’m currently in Manchester under lockdown on my own. I haven’t seen my parents since January 2nd so it’s been 4 months already! If you want to know how I’m coping with everything, keep on reading.I receive so many messages about how I’m doing on my own during a global pandemic. Fair enough, it might seem like a crazy idea to be alone on your own in a different country at the age of 18. To be honest, I’m doing OK. Obviously, there are ups and downs but I’m trying to acknowledge them and try not to be hard on myself. That’s why I wanted to write a blog post about our feelings and thoughts, which are valid no matter what. And it’s so important to talk about them.p.s: I did a little photoshoot for the first time and wanted to add them to this blog post :’)
Because of my personality type, I don’t find it too hard to stay at home on my own. I usually find something to do such as cooking, reading, watching tv-series, DIYs, yoga etc. However, the crucial thing is that it’s been more than 7 weeks since I’ve started practising social distancing. As a result, there are some days where I literally don’t do anything. I’m not encouraging anyone to do that, yet you might feel that way some days. Allow yourself to do nothing. It’s probably and hopefully the last time we’ll be staying indoors for such a long time. Make sure you rest and take time for yourself.
Productivity? No, thank you.
If you know me in real life, you might be in shock but you’ve read it right. Stop trying to be productive all the time! It’s not realistic to write down a long to-do list full of big tasks. Instead, write down small tasks such as checking your emails, making your bed, having breakfast. Small achievements will make you feel better about yourself and how you use your time. The reason why I’m so direct about these things is because I’ve experienced (or still experiencing) the same stuff, thus I want to let you know that you are not alone! We are going through this together and it’s important to talk about how are we doing, really.
I know so many people who are struggling with anxiety and depression. And, eating disorders including me…wow shock! Not going to lie, I don’t talk about these topics with people except my family and my closest friends. However, I wanted to let you know that if you are struggling with something reach out. There are people who care about you and want to be there for you. It’s so okay to be not okay. Just know that your problems will pass, but you need to believe in yourself. This is a part of growing up and we’ll become stronger every day. I appreciate you for being here.
In order to appreciate the best moments, we have to experience the lowest moments
Gaining weight. So what?
Not gonna lie, I’ll be a bit harsh (realistic) because I’m so frustrated about this topic. If you are still weighing yourself in 2020, you need to read a couple of articles about its uselessness hun. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, and staying indoors most of the time. Consequently, you are burning less energy which might result in a weight gain if you find yourself snacking when you’re bored. It’s that easy. If you are “eating too much” please stop complaining and ask yourself what you can change about it. Personally, when I find myself boredom eating, I ask myself if this is real hunger or not. Trust yourself and it will be easier.Here’s my favourite book for building a healthy body image and making peace with food: Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by E. Tribole & E. Resch. Honestly, there are other topics I want to touch on but I don’t want to make this blog post too long. If you have any suggestions for upcoming blogs, please comment down below or DM me on Instagram. I really hope you are doing okay and staying safe. Don’t forget that I’m always here for you. You can reach me out from Instagram or via e-mail. Sending you lots of love.Also…Add these things to your to-do list instead of unrealistic goals:
- Be grateful
- Call your family/friends
- Be proud of yourself