The Quarantine Diaries: #lockdown

Actualizado: 13 de may de 2020

April 21

I've always wanted to use this space for people to feel welcome and lockdown seems like the perfect time. The following article was written by my best friend, who is spending the lockdown with her family in Leeds. This is her story:

"I moved back in with my parents a few days before lockdown happened as the prospect of weeks completely empty of human contact felt a lot to bear. And it has been the right decision. Phone calls, texts and video calls are great and so needed during this time, but there's no replacement for face to face talking, laughing, even just sitting in silence watching TV together.

I've been put on furlough from my job for the foreseeable future and I like to think I'm using this time off with a healthy balance of day time TV/Instagram scrolling and being vaguely productive.

I saw an article (one of thousands) about the top activities to do during lockdown and decided now was as good a time as ever to do things I've always said I wanted to do if I ever had the time.

  1. Cooking/Baking: I made croquettes, my Mum made Banana Bread. (Mum: 1. Me: 0).

  2. Exercise: Realised exactly how bad my balance is when attempting to do anything that takes one foot off the floor. (Exercise: 1. Me: 0).

  3. Meditation: In a house with two people who love to talk to each other from different rooms all day. Thank God I have a garden to escape to . (Noise: 0. Me: 1).

  4. Healthy Eating: Managed to eat salad pretty much every day for lunch. Mum's aforementioned Banana Bread makes a great fruit desert, which I'm pretty sure still counts as one of your 5 a day? (Sugar: 1. Me: 1).

  5. Walks outside: Beautiful area of forest within a stone's throw of my parent's house. (Nature: 2. Me: 1).

  6. Writing: Taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge during lockdown rather than in November, as is tradition. Target wordcount for current day is 16,631. Actual wordcount is 14,777*. (NaNoWriMo: 1. Me: 0).

  7. *The day isn't over yet though... so watch this space.

  8. Keyboard: Downloaded an app to help me relearn the keyboard after years away. For someone who is left handed, finding it surprisingly difficult to use my left hand. (Keyboard: 1 Me: 0).

  9. Calligraphy: Using spare time to learn how to write beautifully. It will take longer than this furlough period to do that. I blame my left handedness. (Pens: 1 Me: 0).

  10. Naps: Finally, something I excel at. (Sofa: 0 Me: 1).

Of course, sometimes I can wake up and not feel right. Those anxious butterflies in my stomach can appear from the second I wake up on a morning. Uncertainty and lack of control are two of the main ingredients for anxiety and this situation is rife with both. But in amongst all this doubt, uncertainty and monotony, a few things are actually starting to make sense.

I'm safe and well and my family and friends are safe and well. This is all that matters, at the end of it all.

I have a job to come back to.

The exercise is helping me feel more comfortable in my body. I've been eating more home cooked food than ever and slowly putting on a bit of healthy weight.

Every day, I am overwhelmed by the bravery and strength of our key workers. They are the best of humanity and the world forever owes a huge debt of gratitude. I hope when this is over that we never forget that.

Of course, I miss my life in London. I miss my little flat; a flat I had only just moved into and have had to leave for an unknown amount of time. I miss having all my things around me. But I turned up at my parents 5 weeks ago with just a small suitcase and I've survived. (My poor plants back in London won't have).

The anxiety is real and I'm having to pull out every coping mechanism I have in my pocket to work through it. I don't think we will fully understand the level of stress we've all been under until it's over. Mental health is and will be more important than ever before.

The entire world has been stopped. Pause button hit. The whole world has been forced to retreat to their homes, whether they are safe homes or not. Again, I'm reminded how lucky I am.

And then there is guilt when I realise just how privileged I am. There's the voice in my head telling me that I shouldn't be feeling anxious when I can spend my days writing or napping or even attempting to lift weights. People are out, literally risking their lives to make sure we can eat, and to take care of us if we get sick. All we've been asked to do is stay at home and I've got a good home. So what gives me the right to complain or feel anxious?

We will all have good days and bad days throughout this. It's a situation like nothing we've ever experienced. Our entire lives have been turned upside down and there's no certainty. We don't know when or how this will end. We don't know the consequences of a shutdown world long term. The effects of this will go on long after the virus has been squashed.

But for now, the sun is shining and so is the belief that we will get through this." #lockdown

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