Scary days require a Sanity Kit. Countries are going into lockdown one after the other. Some people are stupid, most are simply afraid and reasonable. News channels are trying to kill us with worry. I can’t even walk my dogs without a certificate allowing me to!
My first week in isolation is over, and I made a list of all the things that are preventing me from losing it and running outside naked.
So, what do I rely on to keep it together? (This list doesn’t only apply to what is happening now. All items are what usually helps me when a storm is around!)
My baby dogs, obviously.
Whether they want to play, sense I need a cuddle, or force me to move my bum for a walk, I can always count of those two to clear the clouds in my head. Or lick my face until I feel I’ve had the most thorough excoliating facial treatment.
It’s hot here in Bordeaux, but my feet never get the message, so socks are always at hand!
I have 8 piles of paperbacks around my bed and until now, everyone thought I was crazy… HA! Who is laughing now? Confinement has nothing on me because I can fight with all the paperbacks!!!
See above and add some weight!
This one is very important. On top of checking on my family and keeping in touch with my amazing friends, I can order books from indie bookshops! What? I know what I said about my book piles but hey, we need to support each other!
Cereals and tea.
I don’t even need milk! (no, I don’t put cereals in the tea! Who do you think I am????)
Hey, there are 24 hours in a day, believe me, we need the books. So I am mentioning them again.
The Shrek soundtrack.
No way I can stay depressed when belting out those songs. I have made sure they’re on my phone so I can be happy at three am!
Books… in audio version.
When my eyes start itching, I know it’s time for a little change, and what better than a strong audiobook to drown out the bad news?
I think I’ve baked enough for a week… I don’t need much to bake my favorite sweet things, so I keep a list and make sure I don’t run out. Cake is life. Claire’s recipe are ace, check them if you need inspiration!
Comfy blankets and pillows.
It makes it easier to dive into the books if your back or bum don’t hurt!
Books… to reread!
Because my cakes are naked without jam.
I could kiss the faces of my friends appearing on my screen every time I get a notification. Books make sure I am surrounded with friends, but I also need real ones who make you jump with happiness when sending you virtual hugs.
Oh, I love my Kindle!
See above! (that’s the only issue with eBooks… but now that I think of it, I can’t read print books without light either. I need superpowers.)
Albert the mug.
You didn’t think I used a picture of me with a face mask on this post’s banner just for fun, did you? I love trying new products, taking the time to enjoy my routine, smell the great things I lather on my face and body. Me-time is important, and what better place to rehearse for the karaoke of your life than your shower??
When I’m not thinking how bad I could hurt someone with my needles, knitting is quite relaxing and perfect to soothe me!
What do you do when The Dark Days are here?
What do you hold on to when there’s a monster under the bed, or you just feel terrible?
Let’s share tips!