Loadshedding survival guide

If you’re a resident of our beautiful Republic of South Africa, you’ll be no stranger to the annoyance reality of loadshedding.

For those of you who are not South African, this basically sums it up:

Loadshedding South Africa

Either way, we’re left playing this pretty terrible game of checking the loadshedding schedule and then preparing for the apocalypse.

Granted, I don’t have little ones to feed or a business to run from home but this is how I survive loadshedding, especially on┬áSaturdays when I’m at home alone and┬áthe electricity dies.

1. CHARGE ALL THE THINGS!

LEGO, Darth Vader, Loadshedding
Always charge all of the things. Always.

It’s imperative to your mental well-being that you charge your devices, people. Don’t fool yourself that your battery will last or that you just won’t check your phone much. It’s at that important moment that technology will fail you, my friend. Better safe than sorry.

2. GRAB A BOOK

Fantastic Beasts, JK Rowling, Loadshedding
A book that needs no charging!

It doesn’t matter if you grab a real life book with pages that need to be turned with your actual hands or an ereader/tablet to get your digital book fix – Just immerse yourself in a book and that sweet electricity will be back in no time at all.

3. GET YOUR CANDLES READY

Candles during loadshedding
Ooh. Pretty.

Always have your candles at the ready, people! This is not a drill! Make sure your candles are strategically placed throughout the house and have matches or a light within reach at all times. You don’t want to be caught with the lights off and you’re running around looking for candles now do you?

4. ALWAYS HAVE FOOD READY

Loadshedding food
Hahaha! I am not always this healthy…

If you’ve checked the schedule and know the electricity will be off then make sure you will have some form of sustenance while you wait out the darkest time of your life day.

5. TAKE A NAP OR JUST RELAX

Cat naps during loadshedding
Sleep like a cat

Consider your source of entertainment or work being snatched from you as a compulsory holiday. Take a long bath (with candles) or stretch on your bed with the windows open and think happy thoughts while you drift off into dream land. Everyone deserves a break – that includes you.

6. TEA IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

Loadshedding tea
Tea loves you.

Tea will never leave you. Tea will always listen to your sad stories. And if you’ve forgotten to put the kettle on before the electricity died, tea also comes in an iced option and it’s delicious. (Fine, coffee can be your friend too.)

It’s your turn – How do you survive loadshedding?

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