Blogs Interrupted

UK March 2020

Day 14 30 Day Blogging Challenge

Things have gone quiet round here. I’m still hoping to publish 30 blogs, but not in 30 days. The world seems to have gone mad: university students are being sent home, IT people are being told to work from home, schools are shutting and everyone is being told to stay home. I can’t think of anything to compare it to in my lifetime and I don’t think I will again.

The good news is that we have the internet to keep us sane. One of the consequences of the direction of non-essential gatherings is that churches are unable to meet. I was about to do an all-age service on Sunday. You know when I chickened out of doing a vlog post? Looks like I will be doing one after all – for my church!

So how do you keep your head when all about you are losing theirs?

Find the positive.

Thankfully, my children are old enough not to need supervision, although my son might if he is to do the work that the school sets. My daughter, the university student is coming home at the weekend and may not pay the third instalment of her accommodation. But what if your child is of the age where they are meant to be doing GCSEs? Or your children are too young to be able to be left?  Hopefully solutions can be found. Everyone’s situation is different and we will all have to find our own solutions. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people – everyone has got a similar problem.

Allow yourself to be overwhelmed

I know, it’s hard, but sometimes you just have to feel the emotions in order to get past them. Then you can pick yourself up and find a way through.

Social distancing, not social isolation

These two things are very different. We need social distancing – to stay 1-2m apart to prevent the coronavirus spreading. In China, there were lots of clusters where family members from the same household all caught it. Finding ways to be apart while being together is going to be a crucial part of this time. No one wants to be socially isolated. Those online communities are going to matter more than ever.

Money matters

If this time is going to leave you financially worse off, then reach out to the people who can help sooner rather than later. Contact your bank, talk to the people you owe money too and make sure you take full advantage of any help the Government is offering, even if it is a loan. Businesses that were profitable before this virus will be profitable again after it. Take all the help you can get and make sure that you have money coming in.

Mental health matters

Do look after yourself and your mental health. Stay healthy, get some exercise, eat your 5-a-day fresh fruit and vegetables. Find some hobbies to do that can help you – knitting and crochet, painting or even journalling. There are lots of companies about to offer deliveries online – take advantage.

How do you plan to sit out the current situation in the UK or where you are? Keep in touch via the comments below.


4 responses to “Blogs Interrupted”

  1. I think a crisis like the one we are all going through can have a cathartic effect as we re-evaluate what has real value in our lives and what we can let go of.

    When you are forced to stop doing what you do for a living you have the time and opportunity to think about whether that is still the path you want to be following when everything goes back to normal, eventually. Because it will.

    It’s also an opportunity to reconnect with the people that you haven’t heard from in a while. Technology has made the world smaller so staying in touch is really easy. And, to be fair, there is only so much you can watch on Netflix in a fortnight…

  2. What a helpful share, Sarah.
    You talk about a lot of things on my mind these days. Staying connected and isolated online when we can’t go anywhere is vital.
    I am continuing on with my business, facebook and groups and allowing myself to be more personal and supportive than before.
    This time can be a time of opportunity to reach out online to others and be supportive and grow myself in areas I want to work on.
    Thanks for sharing what you have.

  3. Hi Cristina,
    Thanks for your comment. It’s easy to live in the now, but the future will change again. We just need to be ready…

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