Hello thortful creators,
I want to make sure everyone in the community is looking after themselves this lockdown and when better to talk about it than World Kindness Day.
Below I’m going to share some self-care ideas and links for you to try from thortful creators and the creator team at thortful.
Lockdown self care ideas:
- 🍪 Baking is back! A recipe I love is Deliciously Ella’s Nut butter cookies they are yummy and a healthier alternative (that’s what I’ve been telling myself). Sarah, our Senior Content & Merchandising Manager, is back on the lockdown baking hype this time she’s going to try gingerbread man cupcakes inspired by Christmas *psst Sarah please post some to me!*
- 🍄 Perhaps cooking is more your thing? This warming creamy mushroom soup recipe is perfect for those colder days.
- 🎧 Go for a morning walk and start your day with some fresh air. @gramatter goes for a walk daily and @christinegoreillustration goes for a 2-mile walk while listening to podcasts each day too!
Here are 10 recommended podcasts from the team (these are all available on Spotify too):
* This is Love (heartfelt stories, episode 2 about the whale is my fave)
* My Dad Wrote a Porno (you’ll be crying on the floor with laughter – make sure you start on episode 1!)
* No Such Thing as a Fish (facts from the researchers of QI)
* Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster (the Louis Theroux one is hilarious)
* Song Exploder (artists breakdown how they created their songs)
* The Receipts Podcast (Sarah describes it as sitting around and chatting with your girlfriends)
* Happy Place (listen to inspiring people with Ferne Cotton)
* Yes Theory Podcast (they share moving stories from around the world)
* Adam Buxton podcast (you’ll be chuckling away at your desk)
* S-Town (American crime documentary about a clockmaker)
- 🚶♀️Or you could go for a lunchtime walk instead. Break up your day, relax those screen glued eyes and get a bit of exercise 🙂 @brogan.thomas will do this to clear her head!
- 📝 Create a routine for yourself, stick to working hours even if you’ve found yourself with a lot of free time… @teepeecreations exercises every morning and this helps keep her in a good frame of mind for the rest of the day.
- 🍳 Why not use freed up time to learn a new skill? – my partner has been teaching me to code (so far I’ve made a fried egg on a plate lol…)
- 🧘♀️ Do an exercise of your choice. I’m part of a lovely online exercise group which great keeping that social aspect. @emsjcreative loves a bit of yoga! I’d recommend 30 days of Yoga by Adrienne on youtube, it’s also something to add to your routine too!
- 🔆 Many of you, like myself, might experience SAD which mixing with lockdown might not exactly be helping right now! Sarah and I have vitamin D supplements (check with your doctor first before trying this) or Letitia, our Head of Creative Talent suggests to look into getting a SAD lamp.
- 🧘♂️ Everyone needs some chill time in their day, try meditation. I like to do this before I got to bed and so does Doug, our Content and Merchandising Manager and Letitia recommends trying the app Calm.
- 🕯@lucyroseparty suggests lighting some candles and popping a nice weighted blanket on whilst you’re working (I’m doing this right now!)
- 🎵 Get some loud music on, have a boogie and sing your heart out! @kyleighspapercuts loves a bit of Kylie (I normally combine this with making dinner and having a boogie in the kitchen). Here are some playlists I’d recommend on Spotify:
* Breakbot – Lockdown Boogie Mixtape
* 80s Workout – not just great for workouts!
* Kitchen Swagger
* and my personal fave A Holly Dolly Christmas – Let Dolly Parton help you to get into the Christmas spirit with her new Christmas album 🎸
- ✍️ Try journaling (it doesn’t have to be daily) reflect on positive points in the week and note how and why you were feeling down at other points in your day or week. End it with a positive affirmation for yourself or what self-care activity you’ll try tomorrow.
- 🛁 The classic. The bubbly bath. Fill up the bath (get a glass of wine if you like!), light some candles and drop in those fizzy bath bombs, soak and relax. This is @amyverse favourite self-care activity.
- 📞 @n_kassia reminds us to take breaks from work and facetime or call your friends and family. @lucyroseparty sends voice notes to hers!
- 🎮 @daniadamsart turns off the news and plays some games on PS4 or (my personal choice) dust off Sims 4 and create loads of characters and build houses in a lockdown free town. (my friend recreated Ru Pauls Drag Race characters, studio and workroom… it’s actually incredible).
- 🏝 Wishing you were on holiday? Set up a pretend holiday in the living room, get crafty! Want to pretend you’re in Latin America or Africa? Well, this is the perfect musical accompaniment, click here to play. We recommend making a large jug of sangria while listening to this.
- 🧶 Mix things up and try different creative outlets – get out those knitting needles just as @presentsfelt has! I’ve really gotten into pottery.
- 🍕 CBA to cook? Treat yourselves to a(nother) takeaway. You’re helping your locals anyway, right? You’ll be doing a good deed!
- 📚 @_little.letters gets lost in a good book and temporarily forgets about reality.
- ☺️ @mintcards also suggests creating positivity cards! @jessrachelsharp and @the_positiveway8 have lovely examples too.
Reminder: “Don’t be too tough on yourselves, things will get done, they don’t have to all happen straight away” – @roshah.designs
I hope this inspires you to be kind to yourselves this lockdown and not just in lockdown but always 💜