It’s a very strange time to be alive. Covid-19 has had an unparalleled effect on our daily lives, and continues to be a dominating presence in everyday life. At the time of writing, nobody knows when the lockdown will end, and understandably a lot of people are going a little stir crazy, especially with young children!
We don’t know about you, but here at Melt we’ve seen lots of articles spring up about how to better yourself, and use the time productively. And while that’s fine for some people, personally we think that it can sometimes rather miss the point. For lots of us, the priority isn’t about how to use the time productively, and maximise our output and efficiency. It’s more about looking after our mental health, and getting through the day during a very troubling time. So if you’re somewhere in that vein (as a lot of us are here at Melt!), then we’ve got some low-key suggestions which can help you enjoy yourself, and relax at the same time.
Meditation tends to be a pastime that many people think of as being quite time-intensive, so if you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands right now, it could be one to try. It’s also a good time to try it because unlike a lot of hobbies, meditation doesn’t have hugely clear-cut definitions of success or failure. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether or not you do it perfectly by someone else’s standards – the only thing that matters is whether it’s helped you get into a better frame of mind.
Ultimately, meditation is about clearing your mind and managing stress, and it’s fair to say that a lot of us could do with that sort of thing right now! It can also be useful for helping improve sleep and restfulness – which can be especially valuable in these troubled times!
Spring is a time of year when our natural world starts to become a lot more beautiful in a wholly different way, and even when we’re stuck at home there can still be a lot of wonderful ways to capture it! You don’t need any particularly sophisticated equipment (although if you’ve got a DSLR, now’s a great time to dig it out). Your photography doesn’t need to be technically perfect or award-winning – sometimes it’s not all about the end result itself, but about what we learn about ourselves when taking them.
Photography can help us to take a closer look at the world around us, capturing the wonderful moments in everyday home life with our families, or finding new ways to appreciate what’s around us. (We certainly have fun with it on our own social media accounts here at Melt!)
You may not think of yourself as much of a writer, but what a lot of people forget is that it’s much like any other skill – practice matters just as much as any natural talent. You don’t have to be writing a best-selling novel to have fun writing (although if you want to do that, by all means go for it!). You can write for all sorts of reasons, and for all sorts of audiences – you might want to enter a short story competition, or do some blogging, keep a diary, or just write a story for yourself. It shares certain things in common with both of the ideas we’ve touched on above – like meditation, it can often by physically calming, and just like photography it can help you to think about familiar things in a different way, and be more appreciative of the beautiful things around you.
If the statistics are anything to go by, this is a particularly popular one. According to a recent survey by Kantar Worldpanel, about one in five of us are now cooking every meal from scratch, compared to just one in eight people before all this. Now, we realise that might not be practical for everyone, especially for the parents amongst us!But if you treat is as a pastime first and foremost (rather than an obligation), it can help you to be creative in much the same way that writing or photography does. It’s about finding what works best for you, what techniques you’re best at and what results you want to get.
Plus, lots of Kantar’s respondents said that they found honing their kitchen skills helped them to be less wasteful, and it can make us more appreciative of our physical health. It can also be an amazing family activity – apart from being fun, it can help the kids to think more about what they eat, and their own physical health. All of which is important both now and after the lockdown! And as an extra bonus, they get to enjoy some delicious tastes and smells in the meantime!
We’ve got some amazing scents of our own in our range here at Melt candles (although sadly, they’re not edible!). Our Angel scented candle is one of the most popular at the moment, and our Lavender one is excellent for unwinding after a tough day. You may well have your own favourites within our range – you can see our full range of luxury scented candles right here on our website, or pop down to our little shop on the farm to pick them out for yourself. We’re always pleased to see you!