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February 3, 2022

At Home with COVID? Been There – Here are 3 Things that Helped

Kristina Roach
At Home with COVID? Been There – Here are 3 Things that Helped
Although we might be used to lockdowns by now, isolation is a different story, so here's how Kristina coped while COVID-positive.

We never thought 2020 would be a trilogy, but here we are. Most of us have spent the past 6-8 weeks trying not to catch COVID, fearing that we have it, or isolating because we do.

And while cases appear to be plateauing in certain states, there are still thousands upon thousands circulating in the community. So, if you haven’t caught the spicy cough yet, you’re probably wondering when you will.

Two weeks ago, that was me – and then it happened. The 2 lines on the RAT test turned pink. I was COVID-positive. I had full week of lockdown ahead of me. Cue panic.

And I know, I know. I should count myself lucky for having a warm home to quarantine in, a family I could call on to pick up any essentials, and a job I could continue to do from my lounge room. Not everyone has that luxury.

Still, nothing about this situation is ‘normal’, and it’s ok to feel a bit down. My symptoms were also fairly mild, so while I was house-bound, at least I wasn’t bed-bound. But those 7+ days bring about a strange reality, and all you can do is push through as best you can.

So, this is what helped to distract me during my iso – hopefully it’ll help you, too!

1) Love Me

Full disclosure – I’m a sucker for Australian drama, especially when it’s centred in my home city (Melbourne). I’m also a big fan of family relationships, and the messier and more complicated, the better. Love Me ticked all those boxes.

Based on a Swedish series released in 2019, Love Me is the first original series from Binge and launched on the streaming service on Boxing Day.

A familial spin on the romantic drama genre, Love Me features characters that are flawed, fragile, and completely relatable. I found myself caring for each of them quite deeply. It’s light and sugary but seriously heart-warming, too – a total joy for when you’re feeling a bit low.

You can stream all 6 episodes of Love Me on Binge. Sign up here for a 30-day free trial.


2) Move with Nicole

As someone who usually walks 10+kms a day, being stuck inside without as much as a one-hour exercise window was mildly terrifying. I work out more for my mind than my body, so I knew I had to find an indoors solution, stat!

After living through more than 260 days of lockdown since this whole pandemic chaos started, I’ve probably tried every online exercise program YouTube has to offer. Move with Nicole is my #1.

Nicole is a Queensland-based Pilates instructor offering a mix of Pilates, yoga, and fitness classes.

She delivers everything from high intensity cardio Pilates sessions to low-impact stretching and five-minute spot training for your core, arms, or abs.

Nicole's workouts are tough, engaging, and soulful. During my COVID-positive period, I found punctuating my days with her routines super motivating. I’d start each morning with a 35-minute full body routine like this one, bang out her 10 minute HIIT class around lunchtime, and wind down with something a little more gentle, like this Feel Good Flow, in the evenings.

Nicole’s classes are available for free on YouTube. You can subscribe to her channel Move With Nicole here.

3) How We Love: Notes On A Life

There’s definitely a love theme in this line up, but How We Love is a stunning (and slightly pervy) read from Clementine Ford. A total departure from her previous titles Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys, How We Love is a moving, masterful memoir about Ford’s experience with love and human relationships, both romantic and platonic.

She writes about teenage heartbreak, losing her mother to cancer at the tender age of 25, becoming a mother herself in her mid-30s, and navigating romance as a single parent. But most importantly, she writes about her slow journey to self-love and acceptance.

How We Love is candid, confessional, compassionate, and ultimately quite heartfelt. It’s the perfect book to snuggle up with during those long lockdown nights.

You can buy How We Love: Notes On A Life at any good bookstore or online at Booktopia.

It’s been a tough few years for retailers, so please shop independent if you can!

If you liked this article, you might like our feature on how to improve your mood with little things every day.

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