27 Apr The Lockdown Diary – Week 5
As the 5th week of lockdown in the UK draws to a close many are starting to realise that this situation isn’t going away anytime soon. At present the current restrictions are in place for another two weeks but it is pretty obvious that they will be continued for the foreseeable future. Will we have some semblance of normality at all this year?
As a business we have been fairly lucky in the fact that we have been able to adapt our processes in such a way that we can still function and provide content for our clients. It would seem that most other people who have been able to keep their job and/or business running are busier than ever, whether that is doing the work of people who have been furloughed or changing processes, client base or all of the above. The workload can be, at times, overwhelming.
On the other hand, people who have been furloughed or worse. They suddenly have free time on their hands and a huge change in purpose. What do you do? How do you mentally handle that?
As the country continues on this marathon of social and economic change, we need to pay special attention to our mental health. I personally struggle with having nothing to do and luckily I have been busy with work but have also kept myself busy learning new tricks in Adobe After Effects and attending online fitness and salsa classes.
I think it is important for us to have a routine and stick to it. Exercise, eating well, keeping mentally active and keeping in touch with friends and family is crucial at times like this.
Here is something I spotted online the other week. A submarine captain gives advice on how to handle isolation. It is interesting, as being on a metal tube 100’s of meters below sea level is an extreme form of isolation and not to mention the claustrophobia that goes with it!
This week I have also set my social media channels to start filtering out some of the news stories, as it would seem the press are only interested in reporting on the negative. It is almost like they have a vested interest in keeping us riddled with anxiety and fear.
Sometimes you’ve just got to switch off the news and take the time to focus on yourself and your loved ones. Get yourself a routine, keep active and take each day at a time.
I would love to know how you have been coping. Share your tips in the comments below.