My Top 5: Lock Down Edition

This week on the blog I thought I’d share with you guys my Top 5 things that are keeping me sane entertained during lock down.

As of writing this, Ireland is in lock down until May 5th, and that is more than likely going to be extended in the coming days. We’re over a month in lock down now, and well because of that, we’ve all had to find things to do, watch, read, etc, to keep ourselves entertained. So without further ado, here’s my list of Top 5: Lock Down Edition!

  1. SupernaturalSupernatural_Season_2Supernatural is a TV show I’ve procrastinated watching for almost as long as it’s been out. It’s currently on Season 15 and I just got into it last week, and am already halfway through Season 2. I watched the first 5-10 episode of Season 1 over the space of the last 2 years, so I got through the rest of it moderately quick. Now that I’m properly invested though, I love it! It’s one of those why did I wait so long scenarios! Supernatural is about 2 brothers who are hunters of the paranormal, supernatural, and so on. When their dad goes missing, they go on a road trip to try and find him and the demon that killed their mother when they were just small children. It’s brilliant and if you’re fans of science fiction TV shows like Vampire Diaries, Charmed, Doctor Who, I think you’ll enjoy this.
  2. Animal Crossing: New HorizonsacnhSo one of the first things I did when lock down was announced was buy myself a Nintendo Switch Lite. I initially wanted a proper Nintendo Switch, the original console version, but unfortunately due to the virus, the factory in Japan that makes them shut down, so there’s actually a shortage in the world of Nintendo Switch’s and I’m lucky to have gotten a Lite version, let alone the console version. One of the first games I got, because everyone has been playing it, was Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s actually almost impossible to explain the game to someone without showing it to them and make it sound interesting. The main premise is you start on an island, with absolutely nothing but the clothes on your back, and 2 other islanders. You need to build and forage and make ‘bells’ which is your currency of Tom Nook, who let’s you live on the island by paying him in bells, and running a heap of errands for him… it’s more interesting than it sounds, I promise… check some game play on YouTube if you don’t believe me.
  3. My Hero Academiamha1I picked up the first volume of this manga last year at some point, and put it on my bookcase and never got around to it. I ended up reading it one sitting and loved it so much that I went online and ordered volumes 2, 3 and 4 straight away– in fact they arrived this morning, and I cannot wait to start reading them.
    If you’re not familiar with it, the story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers (called Quirks) in a world where they have become commonplace, but who still dreams of becoming a hero himself. He is scouted by All Might, Japan’s greatest hero, who shares his quirk with Midoriya after recognizing his potential, and later helps to enroll him in a prestigious high school for heroes in training.
  4. Chilled Cow Lo Fi BeatschilledcowChilled Cow is a playlist on Spotify that I love to listen to. It’s so chilled out (duh) and relaxing, and I love just having it on in the background when I’m reading or playing Animal Crossing. I don’t really have much else to say, except that I really like it, I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, so if you are interested I recommend checking it out.
  5. Journalling
    not my journal fyi

    This one is very different from everything else I’ve mentioned, but I feel like it’s also a very important. Every day since lock down, in fact since about a week before lock down, I’ve been writing in my notebook. Some days I don’t write a lot, maybe a small paragraph, other days I write almost a full page. I’ve found this helps me keep my thoughts calm about what’s going on in the world, it helps me not freak out, and it’s also a record of what is going on in my world right now, and very therapeutic. I recommend trying it out, if you’re not already. Even if it’s on a scrap of paper, just write down your thoughts, what’s going on right now, whatever! It doesn’t have to be super elaborate, and it doesn’t have to be all mushy and about your deepest darkest (although it can if you want, you do you). I have a notebook that I keep specifically for it, and I write in it once a day. Sometimes in the morning, sometimes before I go to bed, and I don’t write in it every. single. day. Sometimes I skip a day, and that’s okay too!

Phew! Sorry to end it on a heavier note, but there we are! My Top 5 Lock Down Edition, distractions, I guess is what you’d call them…

What are you doing to keep yourself ‘distracted’ during lock down? Are you reading/watching/doing any of the above? Let me know!


Published by Dean

My name is Dean Kealy and I am freelance writer/content creator from Ireland.

3 thoughts on “My Top 5: Lock Down Edition

  1. I love Supernatural! I used to keep a journal when I was young. I have no idea what happened to them, though, and it’s a shame to have lost them. I do have my mom’s journals. She kept them for decades until she lost her sight.

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  2. I am a HUGE Supernatural fan, but have fallen behind some. I think Curtis and I are currently somewhere in the middle of season 14 and I’m wondering how I’m going to be able to watch the final season once we finally finish season 14. I’m so sad that it’s on its final season and that life got in the way and I’m so far behind.

    Curtis and I are also gamers, but we don’t have the latest technology. We’ve been playing a lot on our Xbox One.

    I used to do a lot of journaling, but haven’t regularly in years. For a while, my blog was basically my journal, but that lay dormant for years before I dusted it off for the April Cheer Pepper/ NaPoWriMo challenge this month. My therapist suggested that I write down things that pop up in between our virtual visits, but I do all my writing on my phone lately (space constraints for actual physical journals in my current living situation) and then I need to use my phone to have the virtual visits… But I recently got something set up where I could type things up on my phone and then access them on my tablet during session. I was quite proud of getting that figured out. I could just type stuff out on my tablet, but I find it awkward.


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