Lockdown can be a lonely place and reaching out can be really hard sometimes. It’s ok to retreat sometimes, but make sure to reach out every now and then too.
It is easy to get lost thinking about what the world will look like after the COVID crisis is over. Maybe stop and think what you will remember most about this time. What will stick out in your memory – the panic-buying of toilet paper? Busses circulating empty through the cities? Or maybe, the collective kindness that emerged throughout neighborhoods and communities to help those in isolation get what they need? Keep a journal, remember your thoughts, it will be therapeutic in the present and valuable in the future.
Anyone else Zooming these days? Of course I don’t mean down the road and off to a destination, I am referring to digital meetings! I always freshen up, put on a nice (ish) top, set up my lighting just right so the top half of me looks like I would at the office. However, unlike at the office, I am usually in yoga pants or sweat pants on the bottom. Although meetings are exhausting, it is wonderful that there are so many ways we can stay in touch and carry on through this crisis.
Happy International Workers Day everyone. Especially in these uncertain times when the world is reliant on grocery store workers, delivery drivers, stockiest and the many people supporting supply chains solidarity with your fellow workers has never been more important. Show them you care by supporting initiatives to support people staying at home, keeping transmission low and people’s rights to collective action and bargaining. We are all stronger together.
In my family, social distancing is definitely hardest for my six year old son. He has always been very energetic and extroverted- so being cooped up with his parents all day everyday for SIX WEEKS is a huge challenge. We are doing our best at homeschooling and grateful to his teachers for sending him a variety of daily tasks. However, it’s easy to get frustrated – the best approach is to be kind and gentle. If something isn’t working, take a break and come back to it later. Sanity and kindness is what is most important in these strange times.
Sometimes staying inside with the same people can be really challenging. Make sure to find ways to get some time to yourself, especially if you are responsible for caring for others. It is not selfish – you able to better care for those who need it when you are coming from a stable foundation yourself.
I will do my best to keep fresh material coming – however lockdown has greatly hampered my ability to take more photographs! I captured this fine specimen today – a gift from my partner when he visited Poland.
Just a friendly reminder that you actually don’t have to learn a new skill or be mega-productive during lockdown. It is perfectly fine to ride it out your own way – if that means you learn a new language or discover a new law of science fantastic! If that means you watch a bunch of TikToks and take a lot of naps that’s fantastic too! The global situation is emotionally taxing for us all and we all have different ways of coping – and that is completely ok.
It is difficult to see other people not social distancing. However, sometimes doing the right thing is difficult and not the easiest choice. When you stay inside and avoid others, you are helping the world fight against the virus. You can’t control what others do, but know that what you are doing is helping. Plus there is an internet full of goat pictures, cat memes, and hilarious videos to tide us over until it’s all over!
It is ok to not be ok in this situation. COVID-19 really sucks, and I have been locked down for 34 days. However, the longer we can all hold out and stay hunkered down, the more of us there will be to celebrate with when it is all over. Stay apart, stay alive, stay safe y’all.