During this lockdown period, I think the most important thing is to keep a routine. You know, some sort of normality. Personally, I wake up every morning at five, I do a thirty-minute meditation, a three-hour run and then follow that with an hour of yoga. I then knit a baby blanket, bake a batch of vegetable muffins, wave at all the old people within a three-mile radius of my house, check in on all my lonely friends, all my friends with kids, and all my key worker friends. That’s all done by lunchtime.
I then spend the rest of my day reading – something light of course, my favourite at the moment being The Thoughts of Aurelius Antoninus. It’s crucial during these unprecedented times to really look after your appearance, just because you’re not allowed out the house, does not mean you have to lose control of the things that make you feel human. I blowdry my hair every day, put on my best clothes, and make sure my manicure is immaculate. There is no need to drop your own personal standards just because the economy is crumbling and people are dying.
My mantra for the last couple of weeks is ‘be true to yourself’. Because in the words of my idol, Hyacinth Bucket, “if there's one thing I can't stand, it's snobbery and one-upmanship. People trying to pretend they're superior. Makes it so much harder for those of us who really are.” - Georgianna Scurfield