As lockdown changes into something between not leaving the house unless you absolutely have to and ordinary life, I’ve reflected a bit on the whole experience and found it to be a pretty mixed bag. Like most people I’m sure.
I had no desire to learn Spanish or how to play a trumpet and motivation to exercise daily with Joe Wicks fizzled out after a month. And I only made one banana loaf and a batch of biscuits. On the industrious side I sorted my yard out and up cycled some furniture. On the lazy side I stayed in bed all day reading once till 6.30pm, had a 3 hour baths, and though I was home 24/7 I could still not keep on top of the laundry. I walked along the beach tops most days, did Pilates by Zoom twice a week and Headspace everyday for 3 months. And managed, for the first time in my adult life, to get my stress levels down to about a 1.
In the early days I had times where I felt teary for no reason at all and odd days when I felt completely flat. But in the most part my experience has been a positive one. The biggest plus was spending lots of time with Maya, the most time we’ve spent together since pre-school. We watched TV, lots of it, favourites were Big Little Lies for entertainment, When They See Us for impact and I May Destroy You for it’s multi-faceted brilliance. We played lots of the card game sh*thead – why would someone call it this? When Maya was younger we called it threes-a-piece, much more civilised 😂.
What am I taking from this period? I’m gonna stop the crazy running around with this ‘too much to do and no time to do it’ mindset. Right before lockdown I was craving some downtime and couldn’t see a way to get it as I had too much on. But I’ve realised it actually is just a mindset. Fingers crossed I can hold onto this as life gets back to normal.
Our gorgeous Jasper being the sociable feline he is loved that he had people to sit on 24/7, we think he loved it anyway, you can never tell with cats.
Yardening when the weather was gorgeous
I spent hours walking on the beach and along the beach tops
In the early days I had a few sleepless nights that saw me up at sunrise
And this time saw two hugely important issues for our country – the NHS and the Black Lives Matter campaign