Worried about lockdown 2.0? These simple things will lift your spirits

The news of a second lockdown may not have come as a shock to many, but how ever you're feeling, I'm extending a warm, virtual hug your way.
We've been here before, we can do it again.
To keep me happy during the last wave, there are a few key activities I found really helpful that I'd like to share with you, to try this time around.
Will you try any of these? Or is there something else you love to do that isn't on this list? Come and let me know on Instagram!
And in the meantime, stay happy, stay healthy, stay safe.

Find a new book to read

books to read during lockdown, baskets by la basketry on the craft of basket weaving from senegal
Reading is one of the best ways to escape and let your imagination run wild.
You can battle giant sea creatures or fly with fairies, fall hopelessly in love with a stranger on a bus or cross entire continents all from your sofa
The Independent put together this list of the Best Books of 2020 so far if you're stuck for your next adventure. 
And don't forget, if reading about the wonderful world of basketry sounds dreamy, I've got just the book.

Do some daily, gentle movement

la basketry tips on what to do during lockdown - yoga and gentle movement
If vigorous HIIT workouts with Joe Wicks aren't your thing, try incorporating daily, gentle movement. Yoga, pilates or walking are great choices.
If you can get outside, fresh air and nature work wonders to boost your mood, even if you only manage a few minutes a day.
According to Travel + Leisure and the Journal of Positive Psychology, "researchers found that participants who spent just five minutes sitting in nature experienced an increase in positive emotions".
I love to join Yoga with Adriene on YouTube for a good stretch and some mindful time out.

Get crafting

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One thing I loved from last time, was the number of people turning to craft to fill their days.

As a lover of basket weaving, I've found so much calm and enjoyment from sitting down to create something beautiful from scratch with my own hands.
That's why I've been so passionate about the home DIY kits we've released this year, and I've been so humbled at the response so far.
If you'd like to give weaving a try (and you should!), take a look at our kits and materials so you can get creating at home.
Top tip: they make amazing Christmas presents, too - who doesn't love something made with love?

If you're missing the social scene, I've got more virtual workshops lined up before the end of the year too. If you'd like to craft alongside me and other makers over a cuppa (or glass of wine), make sure to book yourself in before they fill up! 

Eat your veggies

la basketry things to do during lockdown eat your veggies. winter squash in a basket

Not to sound too mumsy here, but this is a really easy and important thing to help keep your body happy and healthy.

I've been enjoying adding in meat-free meals to my weekly menu. Full of immunity supporting vitamins and minerals, eating a rainbow of fresh vegetables is a great (and pretty) place to start.
YouTuber Rachel Ama has a drool-worthy, hearty vegan stew recipe that's firmly on my list to slow cook one evening. That's what winter is about, right? Delicious, home-cooked meals?

And if comfort food can be full of goodness too, then that's a winner in my book.