"Lockdown days" – my take on the first few weeks...

Before I get going I’ll just let you know that this blog is not stuffed with good intentioned advice, declutter quarantine challenges or top tips for organising just about anything in your home. I’m feeling the online space has become verrry noisy and there’s already a ton of pieces out there you can easily seek out for that. The rest of the read is just a few of my observations and thoughts from our first few weeks in a totally different world to one that I, and possibly most of you, have ever known.

Firstly, one of the big things that stands out to me is that we’re definitely not all in the same boat. I am very conscious that whilst many of us now have more time on our hands at home, there are a significant amount of people who are doing extra hours working or caring, often very stressfully and have less time available to them. Each of these scenarios presents differing challenges. One thing I’m sure of is that it’s not easy for anyone. (Except, perhaps for the dog, who’s loving it !)

So, what have we been up to?

The "lockdown" commenced with us discovering that the only “key worker” in our house was our teenage son, the paper boy! He received his official paperwork to display, if anyone had any doubt as to what he was up to, on his bike, at 7.30 in the morning with his luminous paper bag. 😂

With all four of us “working from home” in some capacity, we’ve rearranged things. The spare room has had the camp table reinstated as a desk. The kid’s desks have been cleared so that they’re usable. The strain on the wifi pops up several times a day as somebody shouts “I’m on a video call can you get off ?!” We’re incredibly lucky as we have space in our home to do this and I’m extremely grateful for this. I am a natural loner and am so glad that I can nestle into my work with little distraction (Most of the time 🤪).

I’m spending much more time online. In part that’s because I’m doing consultations or other work by video call. But I’m also scrolling more on social media, seeking out information. I have found myself very hungry for knowledge on this virus and all the associated matters. It’s a fine line between keeping informed and overdoing it and I’m erring towards the latter. Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested we are in the midst of an “infodemic” – an epidemic of information. I’m finding it hard to moderate, tough to pick out the trustworthy from the scaremongering.

I know we are wired to pay more attention to the negative news. Psychologists call it the “negativity bias”. Even just recognising this is