If you’re in the UK, you know isolation has become the norm. Sadly the second we are given some freedom, we are placed back into a strict lock down in the following weeks.
I am still working from home – and have been since March 2020. Working from home is the easy part, once the laptop is off, I used to find myself twiddling with my thumbs as I would usually have friends round, go out and see family and of course, nights out.
Although lock down is not something of the past, I have refused to let it ruin my weekends. Here’s a snip of my life and what I get up to at the weekend during isolation and how to make your weekend routine different during isolation.
Use Friday night as a game night or a movie night
My weekend starts at 4pm on a Friday, the minute that laptop is closed, I am free. Assuming I get finished for 4pm, but it’s what I aim for.
From 4pm till dinner is ready, yes I am lucky enough to have my mum make my dinner for me, I work on my blog. My head is still in productivity mode from work and I like to use that to it’s full potential. I usually use this time to plan content and think of blog post ideas. I have a spreadsheet FULL of ideas, but I don’t “plan” my content, I write what feels relevant and natural, it works for me.
Why not breaking out your hobby? Whether it’s cycling, sewing, blogging or fitness related, I think whilst your brain is still on weekday mode, take advantage of it.
After filling up on delicious food, I tend to take the night off. If it’s my mum’s weekend to have the girls, we tend to have a games night. Which of course ends in family fall-outs and extreme competitiveness, but what family game night is complete without a fall-out?
I understand that a lot of you are isolating alone, why not create a zoom quiz? These were the highlight of my first lock down. Each week we would do a quiz, whoever loses has to create the next quiz.
If my sisters’ are away to their dads, Lyle and I dedicate Friday night to movie night. We take turns in choosing a film, Lyle tends to go with an action packed thriller and I LOVE a horror, which he does not.
Why not cuddle up with a good movie? New movie day on Netflix is a Friday, so it fits perfectly.
If you’ve been following my blog/Instagram, you would have noticed Yoga was my THING during the first lock down. I have decided to keep up with it, but sadly after moving back home, the space is… a little cramped so I don’t tend to post videos anymore.
Why not start the mornings off with a quick yoga routine? Doesn’t have to be anything crazy, I tend to start off with a 6 minute routine. Just some basic stretches, breathing exercises to start the day off.
The great thing about yoga, is that you can literally do this at any point of the day. I find if I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed, I break out the yoga mat and practice some breathing techniques.
Make time for self-care
I cannot stress this enough, make time to SELF-CARE!! If you’ve been working all week, you deserve a rest and reset. This is such an important tip when it comes to changing up your weekend routine during isolation.
I like to get up early on a Saturday morning before the rest of the house is awake and go for a hot bath. Having one bathroom between six people is… challenging, so I like to make the most of the quiet.
Take a time out for yourself, it’s okay to be alone sometimes and enjoy the peace and quiet.
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Get your weekend clothes on
Now you don’t have to get dressed to the nines, but I always enjoy making an effort for the weekend. By effort I mean jeans instead of leggings.
As I am working from home during the week, I tend to wear leggings and a jumper, keeping it simple, and I don’t wear make-up. So when the weekend comes, I like to get my make-up on, which in most cases doesn’t last the day as I have grown to LOVE not wearing make-up.
The main thing to take away from this point is to change up your clothes. If you have a job where you have to wear a uniform or office clothes, use the weekend to wear comfy clothes.
Catch up with friends (virtually or going a walk)
The rules are changing all the time so I totally get that it’s hard to keep up with it. I think you are allowed to go a walk with one other person from another household, but during this isolation, I’ve decided to just keep to my household. Of course, if you’re living alone, use this time to socialise.
If you’re like me and working throughout the week, I find it difficult to keep up with my friends when I have work, blogging and general house life as it takes up most of my time. I like to change it up at the weekend and Facetime my friends, or even something as simple as replying to messages, I get into a really bad habit of not replying during the week ahhh! This has become a great step in changing up my routine at the weekend in isolation.
It’s important to keep in contact with people and still build relationships because the way to think of it is this WILL NOT be forever. I know it may feel like it, but the important thing is to plan for the future and not let the isolation get to your head, easier said than done, I know.
Get the shopping in
I like to leave going to the shops to the weekend for the simple reason of it’s daylight (and I am off work) and I hate driving at night. If it can be avoided, I don’t tend to drive at night.
If I am cooking something at the weekend, I use this time to go to the shops to get fresh ingredients. Why not set your shopping time to when you have spare time at the weekend. This also helps with the “cabin fever”
Of course, there is also online shopping, if I am needing anything throughout the week, I tend to do all my ordering at the weekend.
Change up your exercise routine
I will throw my hands up and admit I have been lacking in the exercise department and honestly it’s not due to COVID, I just hate the cold. To be honest, if the gyms were open, I would go to classes, but of course they are closed.
Some background, I live outside Lanark, and right now we currently have… A LOT of snow, so going out a run or a cycle is out the question.
If you can change up your exercise routine. If you’re running during the week try some home exercises at the weekend and mix it up a little. Set the weekend for abs or legs etc.
How to make your weekend routine different during isolation
Overall, the most important thing is to not lose hope and take control back of your life. Although it may not feel like it, it will get better, so don’t lose hope.
Plan your dream holidays, killer outfits and unforgettable night outs because you will get to live them, it’s just taking a bit longer than we all thought.
If you have any extra tips that help you through the weekend, please share them in the comments, I would love to hear them!