The Lockdown Reflection Poem – The Brown Minimalist

Lockdown has given us all some time to take a step back and reflect on how we see ourselves, as well as how we live our lives. This time has been an enlightening experience for many and has led them to relight their creativity and passion for life itself. Today’s blog is guest poem by The Brown Minimalist, all about The Lockdown Reflection. I hope you all enjoy it!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 13: Play Board Games?

Board Games are a part of life’s whose popularity fluctuates each year. As we all have more time on our hands lately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, why don’t we use some of that time to play some Board Games? That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “Ideas for Lockdown” post!

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Ideas for Lockdown Series!

The “Ideas for Lockdown” series has been growing rapidly since I started the series back in April 2020, and now has got 12 different blogs, each blog covering a new idea for people to do during the Lockdown that we are all facing! As the series has been growing so fast, I decided to give it its own page, and that is what today’s blog is all about!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 11: Listening to Podcasts?

Podcasts are a form of media that are constantly growing and becoming a major part of people’s lives, and I for one absolutely love seeing new podcasts spring out! As t, why don’t we use podcasts as a way to escape the boredom and panic created by the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “Ideas for Lockdown” post!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 10: Listening to Music?

Music is a form of media that connects so many of us in our day to day lives. Music helps us escape from the real world and to express ourselves in our own way. As Lockdown is adding a lot of stress and panic to peoples lives, we are going to explore the difference that listening to music can make in today’s “Ideas for Lockdown” blog!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 9: Catch up on Sleep?

Sleep – Something in life we all wish that we could get a little bit more of, so why don’t we? Lockdown, to many, has resulted in an increase in the time on our hands , time that a lot of people struggle to fill effectively. Today’s “Ideas for Lockdown blog is going to take a look at our sleeping patterns and how we can use the Lockdown to correct them and catch up on sleep!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 8: Checking in on People by Themselves?

Lockdown has hit everybody, each in its own way, but to the people that are living by themselves, it can truly be a daunting and horrible experience to be living in. Being by yourself isn’t a nice position to be in, even in the best of times, and the Lockdown that we are currently facing simply adds to the issue. This is what we will be looking at in today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 7: Write an Article?

Writing an Article is something that a lot of people feel like they would not be any good at when, in reality, it is the complete opposite! I love writing blogs and articles and strongly believe that everyone has their own story, they just need the medium to help tell it! This is what today’s blog in the “Ideas for Lockdown” series is going to be about!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 6: Trace your Family Tree?

Family Trees are things that, to many, are a very important part of their lives. Learning about your family tree allows you to see where your ancestors came from and what sort of lives they lived. With the extra time that some people now have due to the Lockdown, why don’t we look into out Family Trees? That is what today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog is going to be looking into!

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Today’s blog is the sixth blog in the “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is all abut Tracing your Family Tree. The Lockdown that we are all facing has consequently left many of us with a lot more time on our hands compared to what we would have had without it. It can be difficult to find things to do in this spare time and it can leave people feeling very bored and demotivated.

Instead of doing nothing with the extra time we have, why don’t we channel it into doing something useful, such as tracing our family tree? We can use the time we have now to see where we came from and learn more about your family history. Who are where we come from play a massive part in who we are as a person and can play a very pivotal role in our lives.

One of the best things about tracing your Family Tree is that it is just getting easier and easier to do. The rise of technology has brought about many positives for society and life in general and there’s no exception when it comes to tracking your family tree. There are a lot of genealogy sites nowadays that are designed with the purpose of helping you find out more about yourself and your family.

Sites like Ancestory.Com are a great place to start you off with your search and can really open the doors to a rich family history which you may not have been aware of beforehand. If you are nervous about starting and may be worrying about getting lost or stuck, Ancestory.Com even have their own YouTube channel where they give tutorials on how to use their site.

A question that I ask everyone is: What have you got to lose? We have the chance to find out more about ourselves and our families, where can you go wrong?! You may even find out that your family are originally from a different country as to what you’d first expected! One of your ancestors could have been really successful in life and you would never find out unless you actually tried to look!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? How is everybody doing in Lockdown? Are we enjoying the Ideas for Lockdown series? Are there any more topics that you would like to see me cover? Let me know either in the comments below or through our Facebook page and I will do my best to make your ideas into blogs in the future!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 5: Visit an Art Gallery?

Visiting an Art Gallery or Exhibit may sound like an impossible thing to do whilst being Lockdown but what if I told you that there was a way to do it from the comfort of your own home? With artwork ranging from Monet, to Van Gogh and Warhol, where can you go wrong? That is what today’s blog is about in the Ideas for Lockdown series!

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Today’s blogs is the fifth blog in the “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is all about visiting an Art Gallery. Similar to what I said in the introduction to this blog, visiting an Art Gallery may seem like a crazy idea to think about when we are all stuck in lockdown, but what if I told you that there was a way to do it from your own home? This is what we will be looking at in today’s blog!

Technology has revolutionized the whole world and has helped us to do things that we never thought possible beforehand. An interesting thing that a lot of Art Galleries have done around the world before this crisis is digitize their whole galleries! This means that all of the art work they have in their galleries is available to view online, anywhere you have access to the internet!

I understand that viewing artwork from a computer or a tablet is not the same as seeing the thing first hand but it does give us something to do and appreciate during this terribly bleak time. If you are a fan of artwork then this could be exactly what you need to see to put a smile back on your face!

If you are wondering which galleries are now available, there are tonnes to choose from! Here are four that I have found:

MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art based in New York

The MoMA Gallery is devoted to artwork from the Modern Era and includes pieces of work such as The Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh, which can be seen above. The museum hosts artwork created by some of the greatest artists of all time including Monet, Picasso and Warhol, to name but a few.

The MoMA: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art?hl=en

Uffizi Gallery based in Florence, Italy

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The Uffizi Gallery, designed in 1560 for Giorgio Vasari was originally designed to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. The Gallery houses tonnes of really great pieces of artwork including the Sacrifice of Isaac, which can be seen in the photo above. The Uffizi Gallery holds host to artwork mainly from the Renaissance era, so if that is style you enjoy looking at, be sure to check it out!

The Uffizi Gallery: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/uffizi-gallery?hl=en

Musée d’Orsay based in Paris, France

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The Musée d’Orsay museum houses artwork created by Van Gogh and Cezanne and has some really great pieces such as The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet, which was created by Van Gogh in 1890 and can be seen above. The Museum has some really great collections of artwork which I highly recommend checking out!

Musée d’Orsay: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en

The Tate Britain based in London

The Tate Gallery is one of the largest Museum’s in the United Kingdom and holds some incredible pieces of art such as The Lament for Icarus, which can be seen above. The museum hosts a large collection of the artwork of the United Kingdom since the Tudor times, including the works of J.M.W Turner, who left his collection to the museum.

The Tate: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/tate-britain?hl=en

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! I hope you all enjoy the artwork and the galleries if you decide to check them out. I provided a link to some of their galleries after each one so if you are interested be sure to check them out and let us know what you think!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 4: Have a Cinema Day?

Everyone always loves watching films but it is something that we all struggle to find time for in our day to day lives. With the lockdown affecting the whole nation, why not use the extra time to watch those films you have been wanting to see for a while? Could even have a whole day dedicated to it if you want! The is what we will be talking about in today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog!

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Today is the fourth blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about watching films and having a Cinema day/night! Watching a film/movie is a thing that everybody loves to do from time to time. There are millions and millions of different films out there to choose from so why not make the most of it? With the extra time that we have now due to the lockdown, why not have a film day or a movie night? Or even both?

If you’re unsure about what film to watch, the choice is completely up to you! You can watch any film you want too. Whether you are a fan of horror films or comedies, there’s always tonnes of options available out there for you!

If you do not have many DVDs or downloaded films, why not use one of the streaming services? Netflix and Amazon Prime both have a large library full of different films available to watch after a few clicks! With the release of Disney Plus too all Marvel and Disney films are available on one platform and you even get a week to watch them all for free!

Whether you are watching The Lion King or The Wizard of Oz, make the most of the time! Grab some popcorn and a drink and relax and unwind. Could even make it a part of your daily routine. Doing all your usual tasks during the day and then gather round to watch a film and relax in the evening? Whatever you decide to do I hope you enjoy the films/movies!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! I am going to be going back to posting 3 blogs a week this week instead of the blog a day that I have been doing recently as well, more details about this can be found on yesterday’s blog. The Ideas for Lockdown blog that was originally planned for Wednesday has been moved to new Wednesday now as well. Saturday’s blog will now be about lockdown lessons that we all can learn!

What do you think of today’s blog? Do you enjoy watching movies? Are you going to start having a film night during Lockdown? What are you doing to keep busy during Lockdown? Let me know your answers to the questions above and any other questions or comments you have either in the comments or via our Facebook page!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 3: Learning a new Language

Learning a new Language is something that we all try and do at some point in our lives and is something we should all try and do more of in our day to day life. Learning a new language brings with it lots of different positives in our life which we will be looking at in today’s blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series!

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Today’s blog is the third blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about Learning a new Language! Learning new languages is something that I love to try and do and is something that we could all do more of in our lives! As a lot of people have more time on their hands due to the Lockdown that we are facing, why don’t we use the time to try and start to learn a new language?

There are around 6,500 spoken languages around the world. There are so many languages to choose from so the question that I have is what’s stopping you? Is there a language that you have always wanted to learn but have never had the time too? Then now is your chance! Make the most of the extra time that we have and try and learn that language, you never know it could change your life!

One of my favourite things about learning languages is that you can spend as little or as much time doing it as you choose. You can spend hours a day looking at different words, verbs and tenses or you could just spend the odd five minutes here and there learning some new phrases, it is completely up to you!

Learning a new language gives you the chance to communicate with people around the world. If you know French, for instance, then you can communicate with people from France, Belgium, Cameroon and even Canada! It opens the door to a potential global network of people that you can speak and interact with!

Learning more languages can also help you out greatly in advancing your career. Companies are now actively seeking out multilingual people and are adding things like, must speak to or more languages, to job descriptions. Learning a new language can not only open your door to a much larger network of people but can also provide a lot of different jobs all around the world!

In regards to what language you should learn, it is completely up to you! Quite a lot of people that I know look at the most employable languages or the most spoken languages around the world and then try and learn them but the choice is all yours!I find that when I have been to a country and seen people speak their native language, it makes me want to learn it!

Growing up I had the chance to speak English, Welsh, French and German. While I ultimately did not choose German as a GCSE option I still had the chance to learn the basics and really enjoyed it! By the end of my time in school, I could speak a lot of Welsh and carried on with learning French. By the end of College I had a great understanding of the French language and it led to me making some great friends in France!

As I mentioned previously the speed that you learn a language is completely up to you. You could try and learn it all as fast as you can or you could take it nice and slow. Even spending the odd five minutes here and there learning a few rods does make a little bit of a different when learning a new language.

There is tonnes of help out there if you are stuck learning a language too. Websites like Duolingo, https://www.duolingo.com/, and Language Helpers, https://www.languagehelpers.com/, are made to help you learn new languages and are there to support you along the way! If you make the most of them then they will be sure to help you out!

Learning a new language can also help us to start to understand the culture behind different countries and the traditions and beliefs that different countries have. It can be a great way to broaden your horizons of the world and to really see how different people live and what they do in their day to day lives!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Is there a language that you have always wanted to learn? Are you going to try and learn it now? What are you doing in Lockdown? Is there any specific content that you would like to see me do for the page? Let me know in the comments below or through out Facebook page and I will see if I can make it happen!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 2: Catching up with Friends

Catching up with friends is something that we all too often forget to do. As we go through life juggling different workloads we sometimes do forget to check in on our friends and see if they are doing alright. Today’s blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series is going to be about Catching up with Friends and how it can be a great thing for us to do in this lockdown!

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Today’s blog is the second blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about Catching up with Friends. As the lockdown that we are currently facing continues, people are looking for different things to do with their time. The lockdown and of course Corona Virus have caused a complete change in lifestyle for nearly everyone and people are struggling to cope at times, even if they can’t see it themselves.

As quite a lot of people have a lot more time on their hands now compared to what they used to have , I would recommend using some of that time to catch up with some of your friends. Catching up with your friends is something that I always recommend people to do at any time of the year but during this lockdown it is even more important.

The Corona Virus pandemic has caused a lot of people to become very stressed and worried about what the future holds in store. It is a common trait that a lot of people do not want to talk about the struggles they are facing in life and start to bottle things up. Bottling things up is not a smart move to make but it is something that people far too often resort too.

A lot of people feel like they can keep bottling things up forever when in reality it is just not the case. Ultimately they break and then are forced to face everything that they have bottled up by themselves. Checking up on your friends and seeing if they are alright can help lighten the load that they carry and can really help them out in life.

How you communicate with your friends is completely up to you. You can phone them, text them, facetime them, anything. The actual way that you contact them does not really matter it is the action of actually doing it. Doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen that person in a few months or even years, it is never too late to catch up with someone!

One thing that people often tell me when we talking about catching up with people is they say that they worry that they will not know what to say when they actually try and get in touch. A lot of people worry that they will not be able to hold the conversation but unless you try it, you’ll never see. I can’t say that you will always get someone who wants to have a conversation but surely there is no harm in trying?

Personally, I am a person who loves to chat and I talk to different people every day. I love keeping in touch with people, seeing how they are doing, what they are up to and their plans for the future. Granted there have been times where I have messaged an old friend and the response I get is just a simple yeah or fine but the majority of people you speak to will be more than happy to have a chat if they have time!

In regards of what to talk about, I cannot really help you that much there. The one thing that I will say is see where the conversation takes you. Obviously you start with asking each other how you are and stuff but then the conversation will go in the way that one of you decide it to go in. You can talk about jobs, family, life, absolutely anything!

You will find that when you start talking to people you will have so much to actually talk about when you initially thought that you would have nothing. I say to let the conversation flow, ask questions, listen to each other and just be genuine and you can’t really go wrong.

Catching up with people can be a great thing to do in life. You can talk about trips you went on together, mutual friends that you used to know, anything. It can help you relive some really great memories which you may have forgotten about!

If you want a challenge to start you off, I’ll give everyone one.Try and speak to at least two old friends that you haven’t spoken to for a while. See how they are doing and what they are up to in life! You might rekindle a great friendship that could last your whole life, who knows?! What I will say is that you do not know unless you actually try. People always say oh I wish I did that, when now we have more time on our hands, why not try and actually do it?!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Are you going to catch up with some old friends? What are you doing with your extra time now? How are you coping whilst being stuck in lockdown? What other blogs will you like to see on the page? Let me know your answers to these questions and any other questions you may have in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 1: Series Introduction

Are you looking for something to do whilst in lockdown? Is the boredom of having nothing to do starting to get to you? Do you wish you had something new to do but you’re not sure where to start? Then our new Ideas for Lockdown series is the one for you!

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Today’s blog is going to be the 1st blog in the new “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is going to act as an introduction to the series outlining what I hope to cover in the series, the content schedule for the series and much much more! This series is originally created to provide ideas of things to do whilst on lockdown from the Corona Virus but can be adapted into things to do for any occasion!

The Corona Virus has hit everybody hard. People have lost their jobs, livelihoods and in some cases, their lives. The virus has caused everyone bar essential workers to either work from home or simply not work until the virus has been contained and managed and the risk of it spreading, reduced. This change has left many being stuck at home with little to nothing to do.

The lockdown and boredom that can stem from it can leave many people feeling rather demotivated in their day to day life. Routines start to go out of the window as people have less and less to do and start to feel like they do not want to do anything bar stay in bed all day. Personally I have felt very demotivated since coming home from University and have really struggled when it comes to thinking about doing University work.

The thing that we need to remember is is that everybody is in the same book, it is an unfortunate book to be a part of, but we are a part of it, nonetheless. The task that we all need to try and do is to stay positive and to stay motivated and busy. How do we do it? For this I strongly believe that by using the time to do something then we can re-motivate ourselves and get through this rough, unfortunate time.

This series is going to take a look at different ideas I have for things that we can do during the lockdown. These ideas can range from reading books, to learning a new language, to catching up with old friends and family and so much more. Ideas are only as limited as the people thinking of them!

As the old saying goes “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. If we do not make the most of this lockdown and actively try and do something the we are going to get ourselves in a routine of boredom and demotivate which ultimately is going to be little to no help to anyone in the future.

In regards to the content schedule for this series, I am currently aiming to do 2 new blogs a week for it. I was originally going to do 3 but plan to stick to 2 however, if I have enough ideas to merit 3 blogs a week for it then I will change it in the future. These blogs are going to be released on Wednesday and Saturday each week. This means now that on Mondays we are going to have our What do we mean by Success series and the every Wednesday and Saturday is going to be our Ideas for Lockdown series!

I am doing my best to keep doing a blog a day on the page for as long as I can so that everybody has something to read if they need it. I will keep on going for as long as I can, as long as the ideas I have for blogs are good ideas and cover relevant topics. I am hoping to branch out into a lot more topic areas in the next few weeks as I think it will make the blogs a little bit more interesting to read, and of course, to write.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Are you excited for this new series? Do you have any ideas for things to do that you want to see in this series? Are there any other series that you want to see on the page? Is there anything that you do not want to see me cover on the page? Let me know what you think of these questions either in the comments below, through our contact page or via our Facebook page.

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