Megan’s Isolation Blog

“I think that encouraging yourself to try new things during this time is extremely useful..

Hi everyone!

First of all, I hope you’re all staying safe and well during this very strange situation we have found ourselves coping with. I’m hoping you’re all managing to keep yourselves busy and active, especially since the weather has been great these past few days. The Kinetic team have decided to each write a mini blog to inform you about what we’ve been doing to keep ourselves occupied with the plentiful spare time we’ve been gifted with.

So, here’s what I’ve been up to…

For those of you who haven’t been counting, it’s now day 20 since we were officially told to stay at home. In these first couple of weeks I’ve tried to set myself a little routine to stick to each day. I find that I remain much more motivated when I have a bit of structure in place. I tend to write it down and tick things off once I’ve completed them.

It starts by getting up early and avoiding lounging around in bed scrolling through my phone. In fact, I’ve completely stopped myself from looking at my phone first thing in a morning, as I’ve found that I’m more productive. Maybe that’s just me? Admittedly, of course I’ve had a few lay-ins, because sometimes lazy days are completely fine.

When I get up, I’ve either been completing a home workout or heading out on a run to take advantage of my daily exercise outing. If I haven’t gone for a run, I’ve gone on a long walk to make sure I get some fresh air and to give the legs a stretch. I might have mentioned to a few of my clients how I’ve been wanting to get back into running for quite a while now. Therefore, I’ve started the “Couch to 5k” along with my dad and sister and we’ve been really enjoying it. I’d definitely recommend downloading the app (it’s completely free and very easy to follow) if you fancy giving running a try.

When that’s all done, I’ve been making the effort to eat a “proper” breakfast. I say “proper” because before lockdown, I’d got out of the habit of eating breakfast and was just quickly grabbing something more snack-like before heading out of the door. I know this sounds so simple, but I’d definitely forgotten how much of a difference a good breakfast makes. Normally, I would have found myself feeling hungry way before lunch time, since I’d not eaten enough in the morning. I’m definitely finding myself doing better at avoiding those quarantine snacks if I’ve eaten properly first thing. I’m not going to pretend that I haven’t caved sometimes, as I have very little will-power when it comes to chocolate. However, I’ve found that eating well in a morning helps to keep me feeling energised and less sluggish. For those of you who maybe relate to what I’ve just said, I can strongly recommend overnight oats. They keep me nice and full right into the early afternoon. Give those a google and see if you fancy giving those a try!

The rest of the day I’ve been spending time reading both new and old books, I have even given audiobooks and podcasts a try for when I’m out on a walk. I’ve been listening to music, watching films and have even been persuaded to learn TikTok dances by my sister… I pretend I don’t enjoy it, but I’ve got to admit, it’s a lot of fun and does kill a lot of time. Especially if you take forever to learn the routines like me. We’ve also been doing a lot of baking and cooking in our house, trying out new recipes and meals that we wouldn’t necessarily have tried before. Me and family are very thankful to be able to call or facetime our family members and friends regularly. We won’t take get-togethers for granted when this is over, that’s for sure.

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ve set myself a small goal to start to learn yoga. I think that encouraging yourself to try new things during this time is extremely useful. Let’s be frank, we can’t exactly say that we don’t have the time, can we? So, if there’s something you’ve been putting off, now is the time to give it a go!

Hope this hasn’t felt like a pointless read for you and that I may have encouraged you to try something new moving forwards.

Thinking of you all. Remain positive and I hope to see you soon.

Megan