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Lockdown blues how are you avoiding it?

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Redhead56 Fri 15-Jan-21 12:06:50

I think we have done well so far as a family keeping occupied during this pandemic. However I am get messages from friends and they all seem to be running out of steam. Running out of ideas to stop feeling down I am curious what keeps everyone going?

BigBertha1 Fri 15-Jan-21 12:11:10

I have just switched radio stations for the day from Classic FM which I love but it can get gloomy. I'm on Gold London now lots of upbeat dance type tunes from 70s and 80s- very jolly and I know all the words.

Redhead56 Fri 15-Jan-21 12:16:23

I like heart radio I am 64 but still think I am young!

janeainsworth Fri 15-Jan-21 12:20:12

Definitely running out of steam here & apart from the obvious things like seeing friends and family again, I just want Spring to come so I can get out in my garden again.

Severnsider Fri 15-Jan-21 12:21:54

When I feel depressed I put my wellies on and have a walk round the garden. The daffodils are beginning to poke through and I counted 4 snowdrops today. And the nights are getting lighter. 🙂

GagaJo Fri 15-Jan-21 12:31:06

Lots and lots of feel good TV and art and crafts. Oh, and feeding the ducks on the river that runs past my window. They know me now and speed swim / fly in if they see me.

Missfoodlove Fri 15-Jan-21 13:10:38

Walking, meal planning and trying 3 new recipes a week.
Bread making, lots of cleaning and the sewing machine will come out if things get desperate!

Gwyneth Fri 15-Jan-21 13:19:51

It’s a beautiful day here although icy underfoot but can feel that Spring is on it’s way which has made me feel more positive. Sorting out old photos and labelling them, new recipes and Netflix!

tanith Fri 15-Jan-21 13:22:49

It’s my walk every day that’s keeping me going fresh air and a different view.

ginny Fri 15-Jan-21 13:23:49

Various types of craftwork keep me sane whilst indoors.

Kim19 Fri 15-Jan-21 13:39:18

Guess I'm just blessed with the power of positive thinking - so far anyway! I am the half full glass type in general. Also the things I have to be glad about far outweigh the others. One S calls me regularly for long chats and the other sufficiently for me to know he is fine. Have some zoom calls with groups and individual and various telephone calls with other friends and family members. Try for a daily riverside walk but not this week as treacherous underfoot. Current insanity is watching for postie in the hope she has my jab appointment letter. Oh yessss....... When all this socialising abates I sometimes turn my hand to the odd bit of domesticity. pleasure goes downhill fast!!

Helenlouise3 Fri 15-Jan-21 13:45:19

I've bought an Alexa and sometimes dance around the living room. I go for a walk every other day, read, knit and do jigsaws. When hubby's done all he can of the crossword I take over. I also phone a friend/daughter/one of the grandchildren for a chat. Some days something simple like a shower with some luxury products. Anything I fancy really that makes me happy on that day

BBbevan Fri 15-Jan-21 14:20:27

Walks, knitting, jigsaws and writing. Plus a lot of laughing with DH

longpinknails Sun 17-Jan-21 09:39:26

Art and crafts keep me sane. I have a little room where I can escape and gave a few different things on the go. It’s surprising how quick the time goes and it certainly takes my mind off any worries and anxieties.

Coconut Sun 17-Jan-21 09:52:31

I meditate first thing every day .... I’m learning Italian and do 2 lessons per day, I do meal planning/baking trying new recipes, then long local walks through the woods, plus I dance in the conservatory when no ones around 🤣... trying to stay sane and positive. I lost 2 dear friends last year and another has just been told she only has 3 months to live ... if I don’t stay strong I will just crumble and my family have enough to cope with, without me falling apart at the seams.

Mohum Sun 17-Jan-21 09:53:39

I like a bath every day but am beginning to shrivel up. It helps my sore back but I need plenty of moisturiser afterwards.

growstuff Sun 17-Jan-21 09:55:33

I appreciate what I have rather than pining for what I don't have or can't do.

Lexisgranny Sun 17-Jan-21 09:59:03

I’m reading all this with great interest. Up to Christmas time, despite having been sheltering since last March, I was really upbeat, but since then my mojo has deserted me. Each evening I make a vow that the next day will be different, but by morning the enthusiasm has left. I hope these comments keep rolling in, I am seeking inspiration!

timetogo2016 Sun 17-Jan-21 10:02:49

By thinking every day is a step closer to freedom.

Moggycuddler Sun 17-Jan-21 10:17:45

You are young!! I'm 64 too so I'm going with that anyway.

rosie1959 Sun 17-Jan-21 10:18:53

My mojo has definitely got up and gone life is more existing than living.
Hopefully the spring will get better as they roll out the vaccination program and hopefully it speeds up a lot
Lockdown may suit some but the country needs the economy to get moving or coronavirus will be the least of our problems

Joesoap Sun 17-Jan-21 10:19:29

I spend a lot of time on my computer and love it, I learn a lot of things.My favourite pastime is writing to an old neighbour of mine daily to keep in contact, also my daily e mail to my GN penfriend, its so lovely receiveing their replies.I do other things apart from sit in front of the computer all day, but they are just the normal household things,nothing adventurous!

Marmight Sun 17-Jan-21 10:19:57

Im finding this lockdown much harder and lonelier. Im using the time to gradually go through boxes & boxes of family ‘stuff’. Both my in-laws and my parents /grandparents all of which I should have done years ago. Its quite depressing really & I end up in a crumpled heap sobbing about the past - so doing it slowly bit by bit 🥲. I make myself go out for a walk as often as possible weather permitting. My one luxury when I’m feeling really p’d off (apart from becoming addicted to a nightly Negroni) is to have a long soak in the bath in the middle of the day. It feels really wicked, but who cares, there’s only me! My paints are lying idle as I seem to be suffering from a severe case of ‘can’t be arseditis’ Roll on Spring & longer, lighter days☀️

NanaRoo Sun 17-Jan-21 10:23:41

I have a lovely older friend, she is 79, who has hardly been out of the house since shielding before first lockdown. I call her a few times a week and send her little surprises now and again eg: a card, chocs, flowers etc I know how getting a surprise delivery can give her a boost, but am running out of new ideas. Would be grateful for any suggestions. Thank you 😊

BusterTank Sun 17-Jan-21 10:26:04

I don't have the lock down blues , I just take each day as it comes . I'm am grateful I have a roof over my head , food in stomach and heat to keep me warm . Anything else is a bonus .