So I am now on furlough for three weeks as a result of the ongoing pandemic. I am very fortunate to still have a job to go back to and to know that my current time on furlough will come to an end in three weeks.
I thought I’d document what I get up to over these three weeks for a few reasons. Firstly, so I can look back and see all of the things I wanted to do, and yet probably didn’t because what else are to-do lists for apart from to completely disregard? Secondly, to share some ideas of how you can spend the time if you’re also on furlough or don’t have much to do at the minute. And lastly, as I want to add a new section to my blog where you can really get to know me and what I’m doing through my graduate life.
My official start of being on the furlough scheme was Thursday 9th April, so I will post these weekly on a Friday to share what I’ve done in that last week and how I’m feeling.
In terms of what I’ve been up to with my blog, I’ve been putting a lot of my free time into learning new skills to improve my engagement. I’ve been using Pinterest properly for the first time and have been interacting a lot more with my followers which has been really nice.
I reached 1,000 followers on my Instagram page this week and have received a lot of positive feedback about my blog. I absolutely love hearing from other graduates and friends that my writing has helped them through difficult times, it makes me feel like I’m not just rambling away to myself.
I’ve just finished Normal People by Sally Rooney which I really enjoyed. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book but I thought it was really well written and became invested in the story almost straight away. I never wanted to stop reading about Marianne and Connell’s lives.
On this week’s reading list is The Lido by Libby Page as part of a book club that I’m in (and hey it is not bad to be part of a book club as a 21 year old!). I’m really enjoying it so far and hope to finish it over the weekend.
Before being furloughed I started an InDesign course so I can start doing more creative jobs at work, but also because I always want to be learning something new and design has been on my list for a while.
I’ve used the Udemy InDesign Essentials Training Course and it’s been so detailed and informative! Hopefully I can finish it in the next week or so.
I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself during this time, but I am someone that always has to keep as busy as possible to avoid a slip in my mental health. I’m not someone that can just do nothing for even one full day, or else I find myself overthinking things and feeling very weird about life.
I’m trying to keep up with learning German and working on my blog gives me a lot to do, so I’m just trying to spend my days keeping my streak going on Duolingo and providing useful and meaningful content to other graduates.
Self-Care and Health
The weather has been so lovely, so I’ve been able to enjoy my garden and relax a bit in the sun.
I’ve used my ‘daily exercise’ (won’t ever get used to saying that) for taking my dog for a walk, going out on my bike and the occasional run.
To best take care of my mental health, I’ve just slowed down from the typical pace I live my life. I’ve always coasted along at about 100 miles an hour, thinking that I was handling everything okay and that I’d be able to do that forever. Now that I’ve been forced to take a step back from everything, I can see how damaging that fast, ‘always wanting more’ lifestyle would be.
My honest thoughts
I think I’m okay, although I can honestly say I’m just trying to avoid thinking about things too much. I am taking it all day by day, because if I think too far in the future I do get scared by how things go back to ‘normal’. At what point am I going to want to get back on a train to London to find a new flat to rent? That will definitely take a while.
So there you have it, my first personal post on this blog and my first week on furlough. Have you been put on furlough or have found yourself with a lot of spare time as a result of lockdown? I’d love to hear what you’ve been getting up to in the comments!