Lockdown Strategies – and pure lockdown madness – is it over yet?!

We are now coming out of lockdown in England. People want to know what have you done during lockdown? How have you coped? Well….

I work for the NHS as an administrator so I’ve worked throughout the whole pandemic which has actually helped me get accustomed with the pandemic. Needless to say I was terrified on my first day back in work… on my first day back I started my new job collecting and distributing PPE for our team (community team)


23rd March 2020 – mum’s birthday, we’d had a lovely day as a family, my mum, dad, me our dog Leon. For the past couple weeks we knew Coronavirus was becoming more and more serious, I made sure to have a “last night” with my best friend just in case I couldn’t see her again for a while (turned out being 9 weeks!) On the evening of mum’s birthday we turned the tv on to watch Boris give an announcement – what we heard actually really shocked us, we were all crying and in utter panic! I’m sure the whole nation found this? In that very second I was so happy to be living at home still – I couldn’t have done this alone, at all.

Although going back to work has been terrifying it has given me purpose and a feeling of “playing my part” plus it’s nice to get out the house!!

Apart from work, which I do part time, I have been busy baking, walking Leon (not without painful achillies tendons…more on that another time), making elderflower cordial, learning to sew (lots of face masks!), doing Pilates on zoom (funniest thing you’ll ever see!) my rock choir on Zoom/You Tube live (Rock choir needs its own blog!) and college on Zoom (Social media for business). Who had even heard of zoom before lockdown?!

I have also been trying to combat my anxiety, I don’t want to cover that now I’ll use a separate blog for that! Let’s just say I’ve been using a lot of mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises, with a few crystals for good measure.

I truly hope you’re safe. Just remember to follow the rules I’ll tell you now a Covid test is very very unpleasant (mine was negative thankfully!) I’ve also had my serology (anti body test) which was a drama in itself 3rd time lucky (I have no veins!) the test was negative which means (science still not 100%) I haven’t had Covid which I’m weirdly not sure if I’m happy about!!

Friday the 24th July face masks became a legal requirement in some places (see government guidelines. Some people including children are exempt of wearing a mask) how do you feel about this? I’m personally very happy as I’ve been wearing a face mask to shops and public places throughout the pandemic. Very very happy we made so many face masks.

Until next time, please be safe and sensible and remember a face mask won’t hurt you!

I’ve been enjoying lots and lots of beautiful walks with my Leon!!

just a few guide lines. For full guidelines see government and nhs website

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