With the updated guidance encouraging us to continue spending as much time within the four walls of our home as possible, we asked creators how they are keeping themselves entertained and why you should still stay at home. dodie chats to us…
How are you spending your time while social distancing?
dodie: I’ve been doing a lot of writing, video making, Zelda playing, exercising, cooking, Netflix watching, knitting and learning. I’m currently trying to expand what I know on Logic Pro, my producing software, and also how to go stream. This is stuff you can only do with hours of empty time which luckily is being provided!
What is your go-to activity when you need to switch off from the world?
dodie: I turn off my phone and hide it in a box! I’m lucky enough to have a balcony so I stand outside, stretch my leg up on the bar and people watch.
something I’ve noticed living the same fukin day every day for two months straight is how aware of time passing I am
I wake up to brightness, I watch the sun set, I wake up to brightness again, only to watch it set again to wake up to its brightness etc etc etc
— dodie (@doddleoddle) May 9, 2020
Do you have any tips for staying positive and healthy at home?
dodie: Exercising is so important in this time. Looking at my step count is pretty upsetting, and to take away movement from your life can have a big impact on your mood. I call my exercising “jumping about a bit” so it’s not as overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be pumping iron or whatever just – put on a few favourite songs and dance like a maniac until you sweat.
Can you recommend something we can do to relax at home?
dodie: I don’t know what your childhood equivalent is but watching Spongebob Squarepants and pretending it’s just a very long lazy Sunday off of school is bringing me a lot of comfort.
Why is it so important to follow the government guidance?
dodie: Though currently a little misleading, the advice to stay indoors if you can choose to is something we should be listening to. The reason why this virus is a pandemic is because it’s so easily and sneakily carried to people. It might feel a bit much but as we all sadly know, it takes lives, and that’s no small thing.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but if you have a choice, pleeeeease choose to stay home!
I know the advice is so vague but every time you leave your home you are risking yours and others lives, and that’s true!
— dodie (@doddleoddle) May 10, 2020
What advice would you give to anyone who might be struggling at the moment?
dodie: Remember your basic needs! Look after your body so your brain has the best tools to function. Eat a tasty meal, jump about a bit to pump your blood, wash and get dressed and feel ready, plonk some ice cubes in a glass of water with some sliced lemon and nourish yourself like the queen you are.
What content of yours can people enjoy during this time?
dodie: I’ve been uploading a lot of songs spread over doddlevloggle and doddleoddle, my two YouTube channels. My latest is a very late birthday present of a song about a best friend. I hope it brings you joy!
Answers collated by Lucy Cooksley.
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