6 things I am doing in isolation.

All the things we would love to do if we only had more time. Love to do if only we were not so busy living our lives. During isolation, with no commute and no need to venture more than a few mile radius for anything but groceries and exercise, I have made time to do some of these things below.

1. Talking on the Phone

I know, such a simple thing, yet so hard to find time for especially when you friends and family live in different time zones (Thanks, Canada and Australia!) Now that I am working from home, like many of you, I am finding a lot more time to talk with my Mom and others. I am enjoying this and love that I do not have to worry about missing a call because I am sleeping or having to ‘scheduling’ time to talk with friends and family. Being home 24/7 means finding time to talk with loved ones becomes easier.

2. Waking up at 5am

I know, crazy, right? Maybe for you but for me it has been great. I though it it would become too easy to sleep in, get sucked in to Netflix etc. and decided that getting into a regular sleep (earlier) habit could not hurt me. I find I am more productive in the morning and get in my exercise before I find excuses later on in the day not to. Lastly, I love the quiet in the morning. Being most people, hearing the birds outside and if I am lucky, seeing the sun rise. I wake up in the morning, make a tea and light candles before curling up on the couch to a good book.

Waking up to Crouch End and pretty pink sky.

3. Read a Book (And actually finish it!)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am terrible for starting and not finishing books. I could also probably win an award for the worlds slowest reader! More likely, I am easily distracted and can not focus on a book without my mind racing to ten other things I could/should be doing. While in isolation, with plenty of time and fewer distractions I have read these three books which I recommend.

4. Yoga at Home

Several years ago, a good friend of mine told me about an online Yoga class on YouTube, Yoga With Adriene. We did one video together and while I enjoyed it, I never found the time or made it a priority to do after that day. Since starting running last year, I have enjoyed the benefits of yoga a lot more. Several times a month I would go to a yoga studio in Shoreditch with my friend, Roxane, and have a coffee afterwards. Not ready to give up this habit, I decided to give home yoga another go. I am currently doing Adriene’s 30 Day ‘Home’ series each morning and am loving it. The videos are only 20-30 minutes each and a great way to stretch before spending hours sitting at the desk with minimal activity. Before I got started I bought myself a pretty new yoga mat for inspiration. Very please I did as they now appear to be sold out!

5. Cooking and Meal Planning

I think this has to be the number one pass-time in quarantine as we are all now having to eat 100% or close there to of our meals at home. And of course, with all this time on our hands we want to eat well! My friends having been video chatting and baking together each Sunday afternoon which has been fun. The only downside – not being able to share our baked goods with each other! Personally, I have been working my way through all the recipes in these two cookbooks I own.

6. Exploring My Community

With just one form of exercise per day, there is only so far you can walk and/or run! I have been switching it up between my local park (Priory Park), an abandoned railway (Parkland Walk) and some nearby forested areas (Queen’s Wood and Highgate Wood). What I find the most enjoyable is my walks in Priory Park where I am starting to recognise my neighbours and pass the same people each day. I tend to go early in the morning at the same time to avoid the crowds and enjoy the park when it is calmer.

What have you been doing? I would love some suggestions in the comments below!

Some further ‘things to try’ for me include:

  • Planting and growing herbs
  • Baking bread
  • Puzzles
  • Sewing (this one is a long shot!)
  • Cycling

10 thoughts on “6 things I am doing in isolation.

    1. Thanks, Aunty Marj. I hope you’re doing well. I’ve still got the ‘A Place to Call Home’ on my Netflix list to give a go. πŸ™‚

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  1. Ashley who would have associated you with cooking and baking. I love what your doing. I feel useless after reading your blog. I only read, play scrabble, sudoku, cook to stay alive, go for long long walks in the country, sleep for longer than I should. I’m happy happy. Healthy healthy. What more can an old lady ask for. Is that your sweetie beside you. Not bad looking.😁😁😁😁😁😁😁. Love you Ashley. God bless you.

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    1. Hi Aunty Helen – yes that is Sean. Baking and cooking new for me! Did it before but nowhere near as much. It sounds like you’re living the good life πŸ™‚ I am trying to channel my inner Aunty Hellen & Uncle Tom with my daily walks to the park – though I imagine your evening walks were much longer than mine!

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  2. Hi Ashley, really enjoy your blogs. Love the spring time photos.
    Have you tried making English scones to have with clotted cream and jam, yummy.
    I make bread but in a bread machine. Must admit I enjoy baking more than making meals. Yours look yummy, take after your Mum, cooking.
    Hope you and Sean are keeping well.

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  3. I just started a 4 week yoga program as well πŸ™‚ it includes daily meditation….we’ll see how that part goes lol!
    Also have to say how proud I am that you’re finishing books!! Go girl 😜

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