It has taken me a while to decide to write this post during Covid-19 lockdown because I fear that if we give too much emphasis on something like this then it becomes very real in our lives. I began by faithfully waiting each day for the bulletin from Boris to hear what developments were coming next. I found myself almost devouring everything that was said on the news channel and what a depressing story it was making! I listened to Boris Johnson’s speech after he was out of hospital and hoped that now he would do something more to support our NHS because he had a taste of the selfless care they give to each and every one of us at critical times in our lives. I sat almost in a trance listening to all of this bad news day after day until I realised that there had to be more to Covid-19 lockdown life than this.
I now try to avoid the Covid news if I can and I don’t wait for the daily bulletins to be told how bad things are. I started to look for the good news that surrounds Covid like Captain Tom and his amazing fund raising efforts to date standing at almost £27 million, or the 106 year old lady that has beaten Covid, or the way in which communities have come together to support each other and watching the many amazing videos on facebook of people doing live broadcasts to entertain their neighbours.
I have chronic asthma and fibromyalgia and so have been in complete Covid-19 lockdown for six weeks now, for four weeks I didn’t leave the house at all but recently I have been going for walks every day just to get out of the house. It has been amazing walking around my local area where there is hardly any traffic on what is usually a very busy road. The streets are deserted with only one or two people in their gardens. We are going to have beautiful gardens and houses at the end of this because we have had the time to do jobs around the house. I miss my grandchildren terribly and keep in contact via photos and videos from their parents and the odd facetime call. My husband has been furloughed from his job but he has lots of things to keep him occupied in his woodworking workshop. We have not yet had a crossed word thankfully!
The fibro pain has got really bad since lockdown and I think it is because I am stagnant and not doing the things I normally do, hence the walking routine I have started. I have been self-treating more with acupuncture to try to get the qi moving again to get rid of the pain. I have also started doing sound baths for my clients on facebook live once a fortnight. This has been really good and people have appreciated it saying that it has helped them to sleep better. It is wonderful to help people when I cant treat them as I usually would.
A new world developing for the better good? I hope that when you read this maybe in the future that you will remember how it felt to appreciate and feel grateful for some of the things we gained from being in lockdown rather than remembering the things we lost. I hope that the world makes changes to how we live for the better and that we all make time for ourselves, our family and our community in the future so that the things we have learned during this time continue to have an impact for good. I hope our NHS and care system is supported more by the government and by us, we must not go back to over running these services for minor issues. Most of all I hope that I too remember what is important in this world, that time is something you must not waste because you cannot get it back. I am going to enjoy life with my family and make time to do more than just work.
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