jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 29thJuly 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 127 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 27th July 2020
An interesting article taken from Country Living Magazine – 8 unhealthy habits I won’t slip back into after lockdown. The last few months have forced a lifestyle audit upon us all
BY EMMA-LOUISE PRITCHARD
Lockdown has taught me a lot. As life has been stripped back, daily routines paused, and relationships separated – it’s provided me with an opportunity for reflection I didn’t realise I needed. And the first point to note is how privileged I am to be able to pause in the first place, while many people have, and still are, living the extremes of this pandemic week in, week out. I know that there are many people’s experiences which will pale this list into insignificance.
For me, a clear diary and more time to sit with my thoughts and feelings has lead me to question what it was I truly loved about my pre-pandemic routine, and which elements I endured for the wrong reasons.
The big question: Which parts of life bring real joy?
It’s no surprise, for me, that the answer is simplicity. I knew I was too busy before lockdown, saying ‘yes’ to things I didn’t genuinely want to do and feeling the physical and mental effects of overdoing it. But I didn’t change anything because… well, I’m not sure why.
But lockdown has forced a lifestyle audit upon us all and I’ve been taking notes. In a time when the powers that be have taken the reigns and we’ve had very little say over our own lives, I actually feel more in control of my future and am ready to saddle-up.
Here are a few habits I’m happy to leave in a pre-COVID world and, from talking to friends and family, I don’t think I’m the only one.
- Not being grateful enough for health and healthcare
This has to come first. Good health lays the foundation for everything else and never before have we been so grateful for our dedicated NHS staff, key-workers and carers. Those of us who are more vulnerable have felt the effects of true isolation, while those less at risk have stayed at home to protect everyone around them. We should be clapping for the NHS every day.
- Practicing self-care for the wrong reasons
Self-care is not something we should do because we’ve driven ourselves so far into the ground that we need to take a day-off to recuperate. The true practise of self-care is not allowing yourself to reach that peak in the first place. It’s small decisions, every day, that allow us to be calm, happy and respectful of ourselves. During lockdown, those things might have been going for more walks, switching off the news when you felt overwhelmed, embracing an old hobby or taking more regular baths. From now on, my self-care will be proactive, not reactive.
- Taking time with my family and friends for granted
This, I’m sure, will be universal and needs little explanation. But even the most obvious things need signposting. And hugs – how I’ve missed hugs.
- Living with pointless noise
Silence has been a tonic for me over the last few months and we’ve made a pact in my house to only have the TV on if we are genuinely watching it. No more background noise. As a result, our conversations have been richer, I’ve read books and magazines more mindfully and I’ve embraced how relaxing it can be to just sit, in silence, and let my mind wander. There’s been less noise on the car-free roads, less noise in the plane-free skies and less noise in my multi-tasking brain.
- Not properly connecting with nature
I’m sure many people will agree that lockdown has reignited our love of nature and wildlife. We’ve been listening to birdsong more (louder this year, thanks to decreased noise pollution), embracing walks as daily exercise and appreciating every inch of the glorious spring we had. Nature is a constant, a comfort and a confidant.
- Treating reading purely as a sleeping aide
Pre-lockdown, watching TV had become a default evening activity on nights when I was at home, to the point where I was mindlessly watching something unappealing just for the sake of it. I’ve always read before bed but lockdown has reminded me that reading a chapter of a novel brings so much more to my life than a half-watched programme. Now I’m reading at any time of the day, guilt-free.
- Not supporting my local high street enough
It was dismal to see shops of any kind close their shutters during lockdown, but the country has rallied to support small businesses in particular. Country Living Magazine transformed their cancelled Spring Fair – which elevates hundreds of small businesses every year – into its first ever virtual Artisan Pop-Up Market, so that makers could keep selling throughout the crisis. It did so well that there is another one coming up in August.
I’ve never appreciated my local butcher, bakery, farmers’ market, interior shop, charity shop and florist as much as I do now, and spending money with them has gathered a new level of meaning.
- Filling every weekend with plans
Long, slow weekends where the car keys are hung up on a Friday evening and don’t make an appearance again until Monday morning are essential to satisfy all the above points – shopping locally, reading more, self-care, engaging with nature (park, field or balcony bird feeder) and living more mindfully.
Another day for me of time spent speaking to the doctors.
On Sunday I got the Church mail shot enveloped up and completed, so today I took them to the post box.
The main job today was working on the final copy for a while of the Coronabobs Times for the grandchildren. This is Issue No.20.
The point of it has been to help keep the children occupied for home schooling and to keep a line open between Mamma and Grandad and the grandchildren.
I think they have got something from it. We have had a lot of positive feedback and story requests. So, that has worked.
The final issue has increased from 28 to 40 pages to fit in final requests.
The idea now is to rest it through the August holidays. If all return to school in September, that will be it apart from a Christmas Special. If even just one does not return to school we will publish whilst anyone of the grandchildren is home schooling.
I worked on it most of the day and have a lot to do tomorrow.
TV was not worth mentioning.
There is controversy because the government are insisting on 2-week quarantine by those returning from Spanish holidays because of a spike of cases in Spain. I do agree that there should be. The government van’twin on this one. Damned if they do damned if they don’t.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“You have to learn the rules to be able to know how to break them.”
— Keira Knightley
Happiness is…a simple back to basics life
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
What kind of tree fits in your hand?
A palm tree!
Love is…in different colours and shapes
6 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time for putting up with pointless noise…A time for silence.
- A time for reads before sleep…A time for quality reads.
- A time to buy online…A time to support the local High Street.
- A time for a packed and busy life…A time to take time out.
- A time to say “Yes”…A time to say “No.”
- A time for busy, busy, noise, noise, commitment after commitment…A time for nothingness.
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 114 16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 16,983 Feet
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