Spending 4 weeks on your own? You may want Lilly’s advice on things to do.
Lockdown hits different when you are on your own. For the vast majority of Millennials (67.1%, to be precise[i]), living life alone is a matter of fact. We have cats, maybe, or a pooch or two. We don’t tend to live with partners because we like to do what we want. Let’s face it, our selfishness has gotten us this far through a global pandemic, so why change a good thing?
Instead, we intend to compliment it. While the world is focussed on what you ought to do to entertain your kids/family/SO during lockdown, we singletons are over here spraying our houseplants with feed and wondering when we can have a Christmas-Spiced-Latte in relative safety.
And darn it but there’s no shame in that! Let us have our mochaccinos. We don’t complain about your inflatable hot tubs and the fact that boomers are imitation off-roaders to antique stores on a Sunday…
Here at Lilly Likes, we truly do know the struggle. Being single during lockdown is difficult. You can go whole days without talking to anyone except the lady who sells you the ramen. You can do all your call centre work at home, sometimes entirely by email… and sometimes you get lonely. And that’s
OK. Our advice for Christmas? Spoil yourself. Go nuts. Buy a cool advent calendar and order your favourite food and wine… get that cosy new jumper that feels like the inside of your dog’s ears… just do it.
And meantime, do some of these, too.
1 – Treat your Spirit
Those who are worn down, tired out, and giving from an empty font better listen up. You can get reiki sessions online, through a virtual session. That’s right, the world of spirituality is finally colliding with the world of the digital. For years, we have been wondering why we still need to physically turn up to church, to group meditations, or to any other religious/spiritual event – when we could just be doing them online. Click here for more information.
This deal pays for a twenty minute online reiki session, allowing you some spiritual healing from a Reiki Master. For those of you who have never had a session, reiki relies on the energy field generated by the body to be channelled into healing areas that your body might need it. A Reiki Master has gone through three different rituals that have attuned them to these forces, allowing them to manipulate the body’s energy in ways you and I can’t imagine.
It feels like putting your whole body in bubbles. No bath, just bubbles.
This is a great gift for someone busy, a full-time mum, or for a corporate client for Christmas, should you be on the lookout.
2 – Mend your Back
If you really are a lonely Millennial, there is a high chance that your knees and back are starting to ache a bit by now. Luckily for our entire generation: there’s a device for that.
Nothing naughty, nothing nasty, get your mind out of the gutter before we say this… Good? Good. There’s a massage device that targets your muscles with a pulsating ball on the end of a gun shaped implement. Think of it as a massage gun… this nifty little device is great for that bit right between your shoulder blades, slightly to the side of your spine… we all know the bit. Click here for more information
OK, so it might not be an activity, but it’s the kind of thing you buy to improve your quality of life. Unlike an improvement to a house you don’t own, you can always take the massage gun with you when you move.
3 – Learn that Language
Well… after six months plus of lockdown and quarantine restrictions, do you even have any excuses left for putting it off? No? Then it’s time to learn that language. Consider Mandarin if you are ambitions, or French if you are a little more realistic. You could come out of lockdown a little more worldly that you went in.
Let’s be clear though. If you don’t, and all you get done during a month’s worth of lockdown is to wake up and show up every day, then that’s fine too. We’re not all hyper-productive… and to be honest, some of us really needed the time off this year has given us.
4 – NaNoWriMo
If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo then you are either very lucky, or not very artsy. Either way, if you have ever written a poem, short story, or a scene, then this is your year.
NaNoWriMo involves writing every day during November. Admittedly, we’ve missed a few days already, but you can still pump out some fan fiction, indulge in a short story, or perfect a poem. Whatever you do, engaging with this cultural festivity will give your mind something to work on and will leave you with a sense of productivity and achievement at the end of the month. Do it. You know you want to.
5 – Cookery Class
Just because you live alone right now doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t study up and be prepared. Likewise, just because you live alone right now doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve the very best in delicious dishes. If anything, you deserve good food more than the married person does because you don’t get to go on dates that often. So treat yourself to a tasteful online cookery class.
From the comfort of your own home, You can indulge in an hour long cookery class through the power of internet video. You can get some tutor time with pro cook Ann Hood, who will talk you through every detail of a complex recipe. Choose from breadmaking, an indulgent apple tart, or make a delicious spinach and ricotta cannelloni… yum yum! Click here for more information.
Remember Lilly Likes You
Arguably the biggest thing we want you to take away today, is that you are not as alone as you think you are. Lilly likes you very much and she is trying her best to support each and every one of you at this tough time. If you are struggling and worried you need a little extra support, particularly with Christmas close, then MIND is a great starting place.
With a little luck, some personal investment and growth, and the stubborn determination native to any born Brit, we will get through lockdown part deux. Hang on in there… and ALWAYS treat yourself like your own best friend.