Wherever I look on social media at the moment, someone's sharing their productivity tips, showing how much they've accomplished as they work from home, seemingly perfect self-isolation daily routines, top workouts, how far they went on their run, and how they're coping so so so well with this isolation thing. The reality is, most of us aren't coping that well, and feel guilty because of it. It took me a couple of weeks, but I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that productivity isn't everything, and it's okay to take life slowly, especially at the moment.

As I write this, I've been in self-isolation for almost 4 weeks. As someone with a chronic illness, elderly nan cared for by my mum and a dad with asthma, I wasn't taking any risks when the government first suggested isolating yourself if possible. I'm blessed that as a student, I would be "working" from home anyway, and the pub where I work as a waitress over the holidays put all employees on furlough, and I appreciate not everyone is as fortunate as I am to be able to do anything I need to do from home. Isolation started off really well, and I did 4 straight hours of uni work the first day, watching back lectures, making notes and revising. 2 hours the next day. Nothing after that. And it's taken me a couple of weeks to be okay with that, when all I seem to see everywhere else is people being productive.

I'm currently enjoying an unstructured routine a lot, and it's so different to my usual routine at uni, or when I'm working. Most of the time, I wake about 9:30 with a cup of tea (thanks mum), and catch up on some social media in bed, and do some blog and social work, replying to emails etc. I get up around 11:30, shower, and try to get dressed, even if it's just into loungewear instead of my pyjamas. I normally spend my days in the sun, reading my book, or reading some magazines (my dad bought me loads for my birthday!), listening to music, painting and spending time with my family. I tend to shower again at around 5, change into my pyjamas and spend the evening blogging, watching tv and playing animal crossing. I think, most importantly, it feels really nice to take life at my own pace. This isn't something I normally have the luxury of doing, and as someone who doesn't thrive under pressure, I'm enjoying doing things when I want to and not feeling guilty, like I should be doing something else. Taking the time to enjoy iced coffee, spending time baking and cooking, and enjoying reading in the sun has been a blessing.

I have exams in a few weeks, and I'm still really behind on the work I brought home from uni with me, but right now, that isn't my priority, and my priority is keeping my mental and physical health as best as it can be, given the current situation. It's undoubtably a difficult balance between what I need to do, and what I currently feel capable of doing, which isn't a lot. Don't get me wrong, a lot of this situation is difficult for me, and I miss my friends, boyfriend and extended family more than words can say, but for now, I'm appreciating this time off from life, because I know it'll probably be a long time before I get a 'break' like this again.

What's your daily routine in quarantine like? Are you being productive, or taking some time off from life?

All my love,

Em x