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After almost 3 months of quarantine here in France, things are slowly starting to go back to normal. We are now allowed to go outside for things other than just grocery shopping, and this week restaurants and bars can also start reopening.

At the beginning of this isolation period, my daily routine obviously changed a lot. I had to work from home (and I still am working from home right now until we're 100% sure the situation has improved) and I had more free time, more time at home. During a time like this it's so easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious and to overthink, so I quickly decided to create a new routine and do things that will help keep some sense of normality in my everyday life.

Here's a list of the things that kept me sane during lockdown:

At-home workouts

I have been lucky that my local workout studio started offering live online classes via Zoom for their members as soon as everything closed down. I'm the type of person who gets motivated by the energy of a group environment so I was scared to lose all motivation, but being able to workout with friends online while still being guided and motivated by our amazing personal trainers made this weird time so much more enjoyable and fun.

If I felt like working out by myself, I would follow Bailey Brown's workout videos or Boho Beautiful's yoga classes. They are hands down my favourite fitness instructor and yoga teacher on YouTube. I recommend these two to my friends every time I'm asked and now they're all obsessed too!

For the past year I have been leaning more towards high intensity cardio workouts. But during this time, sitting at a desk allll day and not walking as much, I found myself craving slower types of workouts too such as pilates and yoga to really stretch my body and relieve my back - and I plan to incorporate more of these types of workouts once everything goes back to normal!

Podcasts

I'm a podcast lover. I do everything while listening to a podcast: cooking, cleaning, taking a shower, walking outside, you name it. During this time, listening to podcasts kept me going and inspired every day. Here are a few that I love:






Meditation & reflection

I wanted to get back into a habit of meditating daily to get through this unusual situation. I knew that Mindspo had recently launched a new version of their meditation online course and since I absolutely loved their previous course, I took the time during lockdown to try their new one. It explains everything you need to know about meditation and even has a 66-day meditation challenge (which I haven't finished yet!) And hopefully I will stick to this practice in the long run.

I also read one of their e-books called Ask Questions Get Answers (included in the new course). It's kind of like a guide to get to know yourself better, with deep questions to journal to that help you discover what your true purpose is and what you truly want out of life. I'm not the type of person to journal but I really wanted to use this time during lockdown to reflect and think about what my next goals were in life, and being guided by this e-book really helped with that.

Cooking new recipes

Did you really self-isolate if you didn't make banana bread?

I love to cook and try new recipes so I took advantage of spending all of my time at home to improve my baking skills. (Healthy banana bread, banana muffins and lemon cake recipes coming soon! 😋)

I also recently discovered Copy Me That, which is a free website that lets you save all of your recipes and plan your meals. Sometimes I just can't think of what to cook, so I took this extra free time during lockdown to organise my favourite recipes there - having all of my recipes in one place saves me so much time and effort!


Books

One of my goals for 2020 was to read more books - I love reading but I never seemed to find time for it. So in January I actually started to make time for it, every night before bed, and I ended up reading one book a month which was amazing for me considering I maybe read one book in total last year.

And well, lockdown really accelerated my reading! I read 8 fictions books in 2 months. I know, who is this new girl! My favourite were A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, L'Horizon à l'envers by Marc Levy (this is for my French readers as I have no idea if this book has been translated into English yet but if it has you should definitely read it, I had tears in my eyes when I finished it!), One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus and Vicious by V.E. Schwab.

Digital spring cleaning

I used the lockdown to do some serious digital cleaning. I even went as far as unfriend people on Facebook I didn't even know were in my friends list. Here are a few ideas of what you can do to clean your digital life:
  • Save your phone pictures to your computer or an external hard drive and delete some of them to make more space on your phone
  • Clean up your email inbox
  • Unsubscribe from email newsletters you never read
  • Unfollow people that don't inspire you on social media (and find new ones that do inspire you!)
  • Clean up your desktop
  • Delete old contacts on your phone
  • Organise your computer files and delete documents you no longer need
  • Delete unused apps

Working on a personal project

And last but not least, I had been wanting to revamp my blog for so many months but I never found the time to actually do it. Having to stay at home for almost 3 months, I had no excuses to put it off. I gave myself the goal to finally finish it during this time and little by little, every day, I made small changes to the website and here we are! It is now called By Flora Marie to match all of my social media handles, the branding has changed and the colours of the website too. Working on a personal project during lockdown kept me super focused and I'm so happy with the result!


What's keeping you sane during lockdown?