Real Housewife of Cheshire, Lauren Simon on learning a lockdown skill

PUBLISHED: 08:26 02 July 2020 | UPDATED: 08:26 02 July 2020

Lauren Simon, Real Housewives of Cheshire.

Lauren Simon, Real Housewives of Cheshire.

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This month Cheshire Life’s columnist Lauren Simon is preparing mind and body for life after lockdown

It’s July already and I should be packing my gold wedges and decamping to my happy place in Marbella for some sand and sunshine, which got me thinking about holidays. I don’t think travelling abroad will feel the same for a long time. Luckily, I love travelling in the UK too. One of my favourite places on earth is Anglesey, so fingers crossed the sun shines when we’re allowed back, or we’ll be under a golf umbrella on the decking.

With the possibility of braving a bikini soon scaring me into some willpower, I’ve swapped the ice cream for healthier frozen yogurt. I am also blending some super-healthy shakes – a friend bought me a Salter Nutri Pro 1200, and I literally throw in any fruit and veg with lemon and ginger. I love spending time in the kitchen and lockdown has at least given me more opportunity to do this. I can recommend a new recipe book from Ottolenghi, called Falastin. My current favourites are the pulled lamb shawarma sandwich and the chicken meatballs. It’s a shame I can’t lock down my fridge door to stop me opening it too often. I put a photo of me on it from when I was younger and fitter, to remind me of all my yesterdays and stop me eating when bored, but all I can say is, like a lot of others, I am having mixed success.

Another lockdown bonus is the reduction in wardrobe decision stress. I’ve become very smart at keeping in touch with friends and family online; as long as your top half is made up and you’re wearing a decent set of earrings and a lovely blouse you can have comfy scruffs on your bottom half – which was interesting when we filmed the Real Housewives of Cheshire reunion show in a Zoom type set-up… We started at 10am and finished at 10pm. It was the most unusual filming I have ever done but the production team and our presenter Brian Dowling were so professional we smashed it.

I have also had some days of switching my phone to silent so I can relax and look after myself. I find this so important. It’s of course vital for mental health to keep talking and sharing, but for me it’s also necessary to have time to relax, to watch box sets and eat chocolate… and to perfect my hidden talent. I can draw a perfect black cat flick on my top eyelid without a mirror. What’s your hidden talent?

I am loving: Ricky Gervais’s After Life. I’ve laughed at his dry humour while crying at his heartbreak. He deserves every award going.

I am looking forward to: More (socially distanced, of course) walks to Dunham with friends. It’s so good to be able to talk properly, even if two metres apart.

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