5 things to do today by ‘Bag full of Rocks’ blogger Vaiva Lilionyte

It’s Sunday, we’re still in lockdown (at least here in Scotland) and not surprisingly, it’s raining. In the past, this would mean a complete nightmare for me, but during these last few weeks, I really learned to slow down and enjoy the little things. I am sharing my 5 things to do today and I hope they will inspire you to try something different:

  1. Learn to identify bird songs

I’ve been working from home for the last few weeks, so I finally have time to notice what’s going on around me. I used to run from one place to another and spent weekends away camping, hill walking or doing anything else that meant not being at home. I never had time to really notice my surroundings. One thing that really surprised me was a variety of chirping in the garden. It also made me realise that I had no clue what kind of birds some of them were and which song belonged to which bird. I then discovered the BirdNET app, which allows you to record any bird song and tells you what bird it is. It’s wonderful and I can use it when I go out for my walks, try it 

  1. Do some reading

I had a bunch of booking piling up for a while with the intention to read them one day, while I kept buying new ones. So now, I am working through the pile and my recent favourites are:

  • Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovic;
  • 1984 by George Orwell;
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Have you got anything on your shelf waiting to be picked up?

  1. Support local business

I have been supporting my local plant shop, as I developed a plant addiction over the last few weeks. Just before the lockdown started, I panicked bought two plants. The number has now reached 12… What can I say, all the new plants make me feel like I’m somewhere tropical and I can imagine I’m on holiday while relaxing in my little jungle. I also have loads of time to observe how my plants grow and change, something I never used to have time for. My new hobby also means that I am supporting a local business, so even if you don’t fancy a new plant perhaps there is a local bakery or a fishmonger that could do with some business during these challenging times?

  1. Exercise your creativity

Don’t know about you, but my creativity is absolutely flourishing these days. If I am not looking for constant distraction (say watching Netflix all day), there are so many random ideas that pop into my head. I have a lot of time to look around and see old things differently, so I have completely redesigned my room, which is still going through slow transformation as I keep adding loads of small details. Also, one day the boredom finally helped me to come up with an idea for the tattoo, something I have been struggling with for ages. So stop distracting yourself, let your mind wander and release your creativity.

  1. Colouring in books

There were a few days earlier this month when I felt really helpless. I thought that I had no control over things happening right now, I was sad I could not go on holiday or even plan one and I was just miserable thinking about the lack of freedom. Then someone suggested trying an adult colouring in book. I was hooked straight away! I felt like I was finally in control, since it was completely up to me what to colour and I enjoyed having my mind occupied with decisions about what colour to pick. It’s a perfect activity to do while listening to a podcast or audiobook too.

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