Lockdown life, the longer it goes on, the more it will take its toll on our mental health. I've seen so many people suffering lately due to loneliness, boredom, and just generally having their lives shaken up.

While we know it's a necessary evil at the moment, that doesn't really make it any easier to struggle through. So I've popped together a list of self care activities you can do in just 10 minutes to lift your mood.

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Stick on a facemask

Is there a better feeling than sticking a facemask on for a few minutes? I think not. If you're anything like me you've likely collected a thousand facemasks which you keep in a draw for 'special occasions'. Well get those bad boys out and slap one on ya mush!

If you don't happen to have a facemask at home, why not make your own?

Pluck your eyebrows

One of the first things I did this morning was give my eyebrows a good pluck and my god do I feel better for it. Whilst I know no one will be seeing my shiny new brows for a while, my face feels a lot fresher, tidier, and more open now I've gotten rid of a few stray hairs.

Make yourself a delicious drink

They say there is nothing a good cup of tea can't fix, and I wholeheartedly believe that. That being said you could swap a tea for a fancy cocktail, or a banging hot chocolate and I reckon it would have the same effect! So make a drink of your choice and enjoy every last sip.

I'm quite partial to a cocktail (or seven) but I'm not great at making them to be honest, so I mostly stick to a basic bitch Mojito or other easy to make cocktails.

Do the '10 minute tidy'

It's a fact that your surrounding influence the way you feel, so it's going to be tough to shake your low mood if you're living in a mess. Whack on a couple of your favourite songs and tidy for 10 solid minutes. Even just tidying up for a small amount of time can really improve your mood. 


It's likely that you're washing your hands a more than normal at the moment, which means your skin might be looking a little worse for wear. Dry cracked hands aren't protected hands, so it's important that you keep them moisturized. But don't stop there, smother your whole body in cream until you're feeling silky smooth, I promise you'll thank yourself later!


This probably isn't for everyone, but when I'm at my worst, meditation really helps. I turn on a meditation soundtrack from youtube and I just lie still with my eyes closed for a while. Music with positive affirmations also really helps me when my anxiety pops up to say hello.

I hope this helps you guys out and gives you a few ideas of self care activities that can be done pretty quickly!

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Are you finding yourself with a little more time on your hands than usual lately? Yeah a nation wide lockdown will generally do that! But you don't have to waste all this free time! Why not take this opportunity to learn a new language? German perhaps?

Over the last couple of weeks I've dedicated at least one hour a day to brushing up on my German language skills, which were poor to say the least. Whilst I don't feel like doing it every day, just one hour out of my busy (ha!) schedule is all it really takes to start getting to grips with the basics!

And I haven't paid a penny for it.

So how can you learn German for free?


One of the easiest ways, and maybe more fun ways to learn the basics of a language is through Youtube. You will find a whole host of videos from multiple creators on the platform which can help ease yourself into learning a new language. Whilst I doubt you can learn a language thoroughly this way, it's definitly a good place to start.

One youtube series I've been watching for a while now is Learn German With Anja. Anja, a native German speaker, has published hundreds of videos which cover all kinds of topics and will be helpful to anyone learning German.

If you're looking to practice your German language skills, BBC Bitesize is a great place to head to. It was created to help school aged students revise however there is nothing to stop anyone from using it as a revision tool. The Bitesize German page is full of useful videos for learners of all levels however I do think you will really benefit from using this platform if you do already have a grasp of basic German.

Duolingo is my favourite platform to learn German for free. The lessons are short, simple, and can even be fun. Using Duolingo I can learn German on my phone and also track my progress too. It's a very thorough learning tool that tests your spelling and pronunciation skills amongst other important factors and it's an app I would recommend anyone looking to start learning a language.

I really hope this helps some of you keep occupied for the next few weeks while the UK, and most of Europe is still in lockdown.

And once the lockdown is lifted and the world starts to go back to normal, you'll just to have book yourself a little trip to a German speaking country to test your new skills!

Let me know if you can think of any other ways to learn German for free!

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