We’re now into April although the days are all merging into one, anybody else feel the same? The first quarter of the year is over and it’s certainly been dramatic. I’m fortunate enough to still be working at the moment, albeit remotely. I still have my usual Monday to Friday 9-5pm schedule and I’m trying to maintain somewhat of a routine although it’s far from normal. I’ve been taking advantage of home working by setting my alarm for 8am instead of 6am. As someone who loves sleep, this feels like a reward and I’m enjoying it while I can. I don’t need a lot of time to have a shower, eat my breakfast and be at my desk for a 9am start. I’m keeping in touch with colleagues with video calls and chat via teams each day to check in and catch up. It’s important to keep the normal daily chit chat going that you’d ordinarily have in the office environment.
Aside from work, I’ve been breaking up the days with FaceTime calls with my nearest and dearest and while it doesn’t compare to seeing them in person, it’s as good as it’s going to get at the moment. It brings some light relief from the barrage of bad news day in, day out. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in it but I’m trying as much as possible to focus on the positives and how grateful we’ll all be when it’s over.
It goes without saying that this is a challenging time for everyone and that’s why it’s more important than ever to be kind. Wave to your neighbours as they pass the window going to or from the shops for essentials. Smile to the people also waiting in the queue at the pharmacy for prescriptions. Don’t be greedy or revert to desperation at the supermarket, there is enough supplies for everyone if we remain sensible.
Keep in mind that some people are struggling financially, they might have been laid off or self employed and unable to work and ineligible for the support offered by the government. Looking out for each other is the only way we’ll get through this.
*content created before lockdown commenced*