This year has been a strange year. First the rumours of a lockdown followed by the reality of this happening. This was completely unknown territory and like many others I didnâ€™t know how to manage everything that was happening.
My job involves partly working in an office but more importantly going out to meet people to offer relevant support and guidance. How was this going to work in this strange world. Initially, there were daily team meetings with constant discussion about how things might work and of course about the daily briefings. At first work slowed down as we tried to figure out what was going on and how to work in the new normal.
There was a new normal with work being just as busy as before. Video calls with the people I would normally visit became the way forward. This moved onto a mixture of video calls, meeting in gardens and home visits. Iâ€™m still not out and about as much as I used to be, which I miss. I find even a walk round the block in the morning helps.
On top of managing work like everyone else I was dealing with personal anxieties. My husband lost his job. This brought financial worry but accepting support by the banks at the time helped.
The hardest thing of all was the loss of family. Not being able to see the people I hold dear I found unbearable. Iâ€™m not sure I did really cope with this. I phoned my mother loads every day. I was so thankful when we finally could meet in the park. She is now in my bubble and I hope that this continues to be the case as lockdown restrictions continue to change. Video calls with family and friends helped when we were not allowed to see people and the new night out – virtual family quiz nights!
What a year this has been. What I have taken away from this –
– We can change and adapt to new situations but it takes a bit of time and we need to be kind to ourselves and each other.
– As hard as it may be to stick to restrictions I know Covid has impacted others personally in much more devastating ways. Adhering to rules for the greater good of those more vulnerable to the virus is important.
– The huge importance of family and friends and a simple hug. Something I hope we wonâ€™t take for granted again. Find ways to connect when we are not allowed to in person.
– Give yourself a break. I stopped watching the daily briefings and tuned in when necessary.
– Going for a walk. A short walk can help clear my head and helps me step away from the constant video calls.
– Unplanned adventures are simple pleasure which we can take for granted. Now I have to remember to book many places in advance!
– A sense of community. NHS clap with the neighbours made us meet more of the neighbours with many offering to help each other out.