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5 min read | Written by Tanica Powell

Well, who would have thought this is where we would be when we were singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ after the countdown into 2020?

I know when I myself was thinking of what resolutions I should commit to for the year ahead, I wasn’t thinking one of them would be ‘try not to panic buy toilet paper or soap’.

I didn’t think that me and my two housemates would be having to rearrange our living space to fit three desks, so we are able to remote work whilst not being stuck in our bedrooms all day.

But we adapt, we learn, and we use this time for self-care.

So in honour of this new reality we find ourselves in, I’ve written a list of new resolutions that we can try and stick by, now time can no longer be an excuse to brush things off we (and by we, I mean me) are often too lazy to achieve.

Second time lucky.

A pencil sketch of a pile of books on a table

Quarantine resolutions:

  • Be creative. Now that we are rightly forced to live our life’s at a slower pace, this is the perfect time to set yourself a goal to work towards; learn how to book bind, or make a rug, pick up that lino printing set you haven’t used in forever or do those still life drawings you always thought you would.
  • Exercise. Now I must admit, this is something I struggled with before the lock down. My twenty-five minute walk to work every day was good enough for me but now that walking around my whole apartment seems to total twenty steps, I’ve decided to step up my game with the power of a yoga mat and a YouTube class.
  • Drink more water. We all forget, this is a reminder.
  • Make sure you are getting fresh air. Open those windows, enjoy your garden now more than ever. It’s a great time to sit out and catch those rays on that balcony you never use… maybe you’ll catch yourself in a viral video singing ‘Don’t look back in Anger’ in unison with everyone else in your building, who knows?
  • Stay connected. My New Year’s resolution may have been to use my phone less, but this is the time to download apps that allow you to communicate with the important people in your life.
  • Take time for yourself. I know this may sound odd because we all will now have a lot of time on our hands, but don’t feel like you always have to be around those you live with. We all can get a little annoying sometimes and that’s okay. Having time out to reflect, mediate, and relax is essential to our wellbeing and if you are in a good place, others will bounce off of that too.
  • This is my last resolution, but no less important. Offer to make the people you are quarantined with a brew. They deserve it.

Red and black fabric in front of a sewing machine

And remember “we’ll tak’ a cup o’kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”, which I have now found out to mean ‘For the sake of old times’.


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