For me personally, things don’t seem like they’re going to change that much in terms of daily routine. Both my jobs will still be running, as will online university. The only main difference will probably be not being able to meet up with friends and family, though at this point in my schedule, I barely have any free time to do that anyway! Even though I guess it’s good I’m keeping myself busy, I know a lot of people will be stuck indoors, perhaps becoming isolated.
For one, I can imagine, thinking back to the first lockdown, how tough this may be, particularly with the added stress of the winter on rainy days, when we are unable to get outside for walks and exercise. There’s no doubt about it, yes, it will be tough, but you know what’s great? The fact that we CAN still keep in touch with each other, we can check up on people and we can help people if they are struggling. Social media gives us the power to see people from other houses without actually being there, speak to people at the other side of the world and find a voice of ourselves we may never have had in person. Trying to think positively about this may be the best way forward I think, imagine if we didn’t have the technology we do today, how different would things be?
Moreover, on sunnier days we can still see a person from another house, that’s still so great- maybe you really need to see just that one person, and you can! Yes, there are so many more negatives than there are positives, but hopefully these are just temporary setbacks and we will be back to the ‘new normal’ soon enough.
May I just add, and I’m sure this goes unsaid in any case, but if anybody reading this, if YOU need to reach out to somebody, please don’t hesitate to do so – my messages are always open. Nobody should feel alone at this time, nor should you keep whatever it is your feeling to yourself, a problem shared is a problem halved.
SO, what can you do to help yourself?
Below, I have provided some helpful advice/activities to partake in during this second lockdown if you are finding yourself wondering what to do all day – you may just need them for your sanity!
I know I haven’t been around for a while, and I’m sorry for that, life just keeps getting in the ways and that’s ok! I’ve got some news to share with you all, though I’m not including it in this blog post as I didn’t deem it relevant on this particular occasion, but soon it will come! Both lockdowns have given me time to reflect on what matters most in life, what I value and treasure. I can guarantee you at the end of your life, you won’t be remembering all that time you spent scrolling through Instagram, possibly comparing yourself to others and wishing you had what they did. Instead, you’ll reminisce on the good times, the scenery you experienced, the laughs with the people who matter the most, and the most cherished, special moments you may only experience once.
Yes, it’s been very stressful juggling all the different aspects of my life, but it’s also good to take time out and live. Enjoy everything that the world throws at you, learn from mistakes, even if you can call them mistakes, and thrive.
Love El xx