Don’t worry about perfecting your downward facing dog or mastering Japanese
It’s a bizarre and scary time, a lot of people are unwell and most of us are social distancing at home. In light of this you would have thought it would be a great time to escape those normal every day pressures and concentrate on what is important. However, I’m seeing continuous online magazine articles and advertisements on how we should be bettering ourselves by learning a new language, getting the ‘perfect’ body, excelling in yoga, reading classical literature and producing freshly baked bread daily. These reinforce the message that we should still strive for the ‘Perfect Instagram Lifestyle’, but now from our living room.
This is an opportunity to get a break from those everyday burdens. How often are we told to stay at home? We should now be using this time for relaxing (which we seldom have the opportunity to do), doing things that make us happy (even if that means watching The Stranger on Netflix) and re-connecting with friends and family. I’m not saying that we should be complete slobs, it’s still important to have a basic routine and exercise regularly, but just don’t be too hard on yourself. If you didn’t run a marathon in your exercise session, who cares? What’s more important is using your this time to look after YOU! So embrace your leg hair or grow that beard, go make up-free, give your hair a break from the shampoo and limit your time on social media.
I hope everyone is keeping well and big thank you to all the NHS staff. I leave you with my slob’s alternative quarantine guide.