Life in Lockdown

Hello all… it’s been awhile.

My last post was over a year ago, where has time gone? It’s been sucked away in quarantine.

I took a new position in December which was swiftly followed by COVID-19 making its introduction into the world. I never thought corona virus was going to be here to stay or that it would impact everyone’s lives the way that it has.

From December to the beginning of March, I was still taking the train to work everyday, still thinking that this would all be over soon. I still looked forward to spending our anniversary in Paris at the end of March and finally going back home to see my family in the United States in September.

Those plans changed quickly as more and more cancellation emails came through, and then finally the order from the government that lockdown was now in effect. At first, we thought the lockdown would only last a few weeks. But here we are now day 201 and we are still faced with social distancing restrictions, and countless places closed.

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I was very lucky that I was able to do work from home. My husband was furloughed shortly after, if you know anyone or are someone who works in the travel industry, you know how severely they have been impacted.

Being Home

So we found ourselves home, all the time. Everything closed, nowhere to go. Everyday hearing of the rise in cases and deaths, wondering when this would turn around, if it ever would. We started taking walks as we were allowed outdoor activity once a day. Luckily, we have a park behind our house where we could go for a change of scenery.

I thought since I have so much time at home now, I can spend more time writing. But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The pandemic affected me in more ways than I thought it would. We were very fortunate to have not contracted the virus so far. But there is something to be said for the way stress can rack through your body.

I think it is the constant feeling of not knowing. Not knowing what was going to happen next, would it be better or worse? Would we able to go back out or would the lockdown continue? Would it come to a point when you could lose your job, or would everything be okay?

Although I was very fortunate to be able to quarantine with another person, I did miss going out. I missed going into Central London for work. I missed seeing my friends. I missed going out on dates with my hubby and spending time with our family. The gloom of feeling isolated took a lot out of me for awhile.

But we decided not to waste this time at home. We got into a good training schedule, it’s a good thing that we had previously decided to buy gym equipment for our home. Since restaurants were closed we had no choice to but to make all of our meals at home. I spent a lot time investing in self-care routines starting with skincare. I made new routines for taking care of my skin everyday, and this is the biggest change I’ve brought with me outside of lockdown.

All of this combined with our daily walks, really helped pull me from this funk that quarantine had quickly placed me in.

I started reading. I read all the books I had on my To be Read list and kept ordering more. I spent way more than I should have online shopping. I had more outfits than I’ve ever had to stay at home in. Once the weather broke we started having picnics outside, which was a welcome change.

Going Back to Work

I finally got the word that we would be returning to the office. Very excited to be getting back to some sort of normalcy, I wasn’t expecting just how normal a life of face masks and social distancing would feel.

Walking into the office, I was met with daily temperature checks, signs everywhere reminding you to wear your mask and wash your hands and social distancing arrow reminders all around. This is the new normal.

While I am still adjusting to life outside of quarantine, I am hopeful that this won’t last forever. I know that there were countless people who lost their jobs, people who couldn’t pay rent or mortgages, people with children and families to provide for. Even worse, people who were infected and people who lost their lives. I am so grateful because I know our situation could have been much worse.

But stay strong mi gente, we will get through this together.

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