Hey guys! How is everyone holding up? Crazy times we are living in...
As for me, I'm doing ok. We are in the third week of lockdown here in Italy. Pretty much everything is closed, except for the essentials like supermarkets and pharmacies. I go grocery shopping once a week and apart from that I do not leave my house. Luckily in Marche, I haven't seen many shortages in food (unfortunately masks, hand sanitizers, 90% isopropyl alcohol, etc. are still in need), and the line to get into the grocery store is not that bad. It's surreal to see the streets so empty though.
I've got to be honest, the first week of lockdown was a nightmare. I pretty much cried in bed all day. I only got up to feed the cats and use the bathroom. I do not remember much of that week, but I think I lived off of cookies.
But thankfully those days have passed. I still have ups and downs, yes, but I manage to get out of bed every day (before noon). It's okay that this isn't the most productive time in our lives. But instead it should be a time to learn how to be more gentle on ourselves. I don't know for you guys but I have always been extremely harsh on myself and I am my own worst critic.
In my opinion, the most important things to do right now are to do things that make you feel good and to do things you actually feel like doing! I mean when was the last time we did such a thing?
If we lived in a perfect world, we should be taking this time to do things we do not have time to get around in our normal lives. But that was a little bit too overwhelming for me. I started to feel so much guilt that I was wasting my time. So I stopped thinking like that and now I do what I feel like with a little bit of routine (so this way I still can be a somewhat functioning human being when thing whole ordeal is over).
This is what my day looks like,
I am not saying I am proud of my routine. But it is much better than crying in bed.
Also, I started taking self-portraits again, something I have not done in AGES, and I try to take some pictures(with my camera, not my phone) at least every other day.
This may sound stupid but this lockdown has made me re-realize my passion for photography. It truly is something that will get me out of bed.
See, something good can come out of these shitty times!
Here are some free course that I've found
Last but not least, how are you holding up? Any crazy ideas on what to do during these weird times? I'd love to hear from you!