While in lockdown many of us have had more time to think than we might usually. If we are able to work travel time is reduced. Choices about what we do socially and who we do it with are more limited, and the places we can go to spend our time are what is in the area near our house. There is plenty we can do, and we can stay connected to loved ones through the power of technology. With all that said, we can still long for what we can’t have and try to find loopholes for our life to resemble the “normal” it did before Covid-19 reared its head.
Maybe this is an opportunity. It might be difficult to see it that way because of what we feel we are missing, but perspective is powerful.
In a non-Covid affected world there are so many choices of things we can do and places we can go that we can spread ourselves too thin. When I am faced with a plethora of options I find sometimes I freeze up, unable to think clearly to make a decision, for better or worse. Being confined to one location has meant I’ve organised my time more efficiently. I am lucky enough to be able to work remotely and at relatively standard Monday to Friday hours. Three weekdays out of five we watch an episode of a TV show during lunch to refresh the brain. I read my bible on my afternoon break. I write my book and musical masterpieces in all the “gaps” of time I have. We eat dinner and hang out as a bubble for some time in the evening. After this I play video games or watch TV with flatmates to completely detach from the day and get ready for tomorrow.
This routine is missing some key things, of course. Exercise, fresh air, meals during the day, activities on the weekends, bible study group with friends from church. This is where I allow myself the opportunity for choice, to keep a little bit of spontaneity.
I live in a great bubble, with great people. I’m so thankful for that, especially as I started a new job, and moved house just before lockdown. I realise not everyone is so fortunate. I realise not everyone is managing to keep itchy fingers and restless feet busy. But what we are succeeding at is stopping a dangerous disease turning into a disaster.
Focus on what’s important. Be present. Instead of looking for a way out, look for a way in. A way into good conversation with our bubble families and loved ones further afield. A way into managing our mental wellbeing by engaging in our chosen havens of creativity. A way into keeping physically active. We do not always need to be doing ‘productive’ things. We do need to be be aware of our own wellbeing and that of those around us. Mental health days are still a thing, even if our work desk is only five metres from our bed.
Be kind to yourself. Embrace peace. Love, always.