When I woke up this morning my room was a mess. I’ve spent quite a lot of time in it lately so I suppose that was always going to happen. I decided then that cleaning it would be my first task of the day. I put on some of my favourite music and danced around as I tidied. This made the job more fun for me, but perhaps less fun for people downstairs 🙂
For the next few weeks of ‘lock-down’, as well as getting exercise and fresh air, I’ve decided I’m going to eat as healthily as possible (as long as we can get the food we want at the shops). So, for today, I made my own “Buddha bowl”. A ‘Buddha bowl’ is a super healthy meal consisting of rice, seeds, lettuce and one type of protein, for example, meat, fish or tofu. I chose salmon and fresh veg for my lunch today. It looked fabulous and tasted delicious! I realise that some foods may get less available as time goes on, but for now I’m lucky to have enough.
During a time like this I think it is very important to stay healthy, due to being indoors most of the day and not being able to socialise. I think we need to make sure we’re looking after our bodies by using the time we are given for our daily exercise but also by eating healthily and looking after our minds. At least we know more about mental health than we used to, and I’ve seen lots of social media posts about keeping well. To look after my mental health, I’m going to try yoga, which I’ve always been interested in but haven’t had time to try.
After spending most of the day indoors, I went out for my exercise with my dog around my neighbourhood. I made sure to stay at least 2 metres away from other people – but it seemed like other people were doing the same. It was good weather today which made my walk enjoyable. It’s definitely starting to feeling like spring at least.
Today I woke to the sun shining through my window. I allowed myself a lie in, in comparison to a regular Tuesday morning, getting out of bed around 9am. I started the day off with a long field walk with my dog. Because of the recent lockdown I’m now only allowed out once a day. Thank goodness I have a big family, so my dog will be able to get his usual three walks a day just with a different person each time.
It’s my Grandma’s birthday today which makes me sad as I can’t visit her. Usually, each year we drive to her house as a family and drop off the present we had bought for her, usually including a homemade birthday card. Sadly this year, that won’t be possible. In place of the face to face birthday visit we decided to FaceTime her as a family. I suppose that from now on – for quite some time – FaceTime will be the closest contact to others that I’ll get.
My new thing that I tried today was cutting and then shaving my brother’s hair. This was really fun to do and kept me and him busy for quite some time. He decided it was worth the risk letting me shave his head because he’s not going to have any social contact for the next few weeks anyway, so if it went badly, it wouldn’t have mattered! I’m not sure if I would guarantee this activity generally though, could get messy 🙂
Our friends at Cycling UK who are our partners on the Play Together on Pedals project have written this useful blog about family cycling, in line with current guidance – is it still okay to go out on your bike? https://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/family-cycling-how-create-new-daily-routine
At Play Scotland we have always been aware of the importance of play for everyone – and equally aware that teenagers and young people do not call what they do in their free time “play”. However, the new restrictions on their freedoms will make what they usually do less easy and sometimes impossible – so how will they get the ‘play’ they need, remain in contact with their friends and deal with the stresses of this new world? We asked a teenager to keep a diary of their thoughts…
Day 1: Monday 23rd March am
I wake up to my alarm and think about what I could get up to today. I have no school which means no homework. This is a pleasant change from my usual Monday mornings. For me, schools being shut down makes me very pleased. But for some of my friends, this isn’t the case. Due to the fact of me being in my final year of high school, most of my classmates were counting on the next few weeks of school to give them the time to finish assignments which could help them get into university. The cancellation of exams has also been an added stress for those who had conditional offers for colleges and universities. The early school closures has left my year without a leavers day, a prom, a yearbook and lots of other sixth year events that we will sadly miss out on.
I’ll going to try my best to make this change of events into a positive thing. Every day I am going to try and do something I enjoy or something I’ve never done before. I will also make sure to get lots of fresh air and exercise. This will keep me busy and mentally stimulated throughout this pandemic which I think is vital. Today I am going to bake my favourite brownies. This will keep me occupied for a couple hours and will be a special dessert for my family and I after our dinner. At least that’s my plan for day 1. Let’s see how it goes.
Playday activities are taking place in Kay park, Kilmarnock! There will be a variety of activities to take part in with 6 different zones including the Fun Zone, Messy Zone, Physical Zone, Creative Zone, Free Play Zone and Adventure Zone!
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