- Plan a video chat with a friend, favourite cousin or Aunty
- Plan to do Yoga in the garden or under the patio if it's raining
- Plan to go for a walk (most states allow 1 hour of outdoor exercise a day)
- Plan to bake something
- Plan to paint or create
- Plan to read for an hour
- Plan to journal or write for an hour
- Plan to do an online course
- Plan to play a board game
- Paint your nails
- Plan to have a picnic in the backyard
- Plan to learn a new craft or skill
- Plan to take abstract photos of things around the house
- Plan to write an old fashioned letter to your grandparents
- Plan to learn a new dance from TikTok
- Plan to rewatch your favourite movie
- Plan to take a bath
- Plan to cook dinner for your family
- Plan to do a facial at home
Surviving Lockdown: Make Plans
Hugh van Cuylenburg, co-founder of The Resilience Project, author and public speaker, was a guest on the Mamamia podcast.* He had some great suggestions about surviving lockdown. One of them was to make plans so that you have something to look forward to each day. These plans will obviously be different for everyone. Some people might really look forward to spending two hours sorting through their wardrobe, while for others, it might be their worst nightmare. Here are some suggestions:
Father's Day Book
Download and print this Father's Day booklet. Fill in the blanks, cut out the pages, glue them onto some card and voila! A meaningful Father's Day gift.
Stop waiting for Friday
Study Hack: The forgetting Curve
German psychologist Ebbinghaus researched memory and coined the term the forgetting curve. Basically, you forget what you have learnt over time. Ebbinghaus found that you forget 95% of what you learn after three days. Fortunately, he also found that if you review the material multiple times in the following days and months, you can retain 95% of what you learn. The review sessions do not have to take long - the first one may take 15 minutes, but follow up reviews may only take 5 minutes. Here is a suggested schedule for review if you really want to make that info stick.
2020 Chantel Cofie
Chantel Cofie sang her original song, 2020, on the Voice Australia this year. The official audio is below.
The fear of missing out has been around for centuries but it has been exacerbated by mobile phones and social media as we compare our ordinary lives to other people's highlight reels. Researchers have found that the fear of missing out is linked to smartphone and social media usage. This is not surprising really - the more we see other people doing fun, exciting things the more we feel that we are missing out. Ironically, when we are feeling depressed or anxious, our social media usage increases which then increases our fear of missing out, which increases our depression and anxiety etc.
How to minimise FOMO: