My 2020 Corona Diary - week two
Time is a strange concept. Sometimes it flies and sometimes it goes so slowly.
When I look back on last week's post, it seems forever ago. So much has changed. Just so much.
We are now in almost total lockdown. Pubs, gyms, theatres, cinemas and non-essential shops have all closed and we are not allowed to gather in groups of more than 2, or stand less than 2 metres apart from people who are not immediate members of your family.
We are both now at home (trying not get too anxious about the impact of this on our businesses) and schools are now closed indefinitely.
There seems to be a lot of pressure to home-school, but I prefer to see my role as supervising her school work and using the time to relax and perhaps learn a new skill... or two.
Don't get me wrong, I have - of course- scheduled each day, made timetables and displayed them on the wall... but no whip is being cracked.
And then there is the issue of staying active. I have to admit to being actually quite lazy and happy to mooch around. For reasons unknown, as soon as we went into lockdown, I totally bought into the national move to use this time to get fit.
We are allowed to leave the house once a day for exercise, which is easy and necessary with a bouncy dog. To walk around the local park (crossing empty roads, humming 'everyday is like Sunday'), moving out of each others way and watching dogs playing without a care in the world makes me feel so happy.
I have learned something that is quite the game changer. My lifetime of exercise anxiety seems to be linked to premises, and other people, rather than exercise itself - turns out I am really good at exercising at home. Like many others, we have been taking part in 'PE with Joe Wicks'. But, interestingly, having a class to attend at a certain time works well for me. I am also keeping up my Suffolk Yoga classes via Zoom and signed up to Davina's Own Your Goals programme (free for a month) last night.
If I can maintain the outer accountability this provides then I think I can return to fitness training. Bearing in mind how much my legs and backside hurt after just two (children's) PE sessions, walking 10,000 steps a day is clearly not enough...
Another area of progress is my '19 things to do during Covid-19' list. So far, I have sorted all the garden pots, spoken to a friend I have been texting for the last two years, bought all the herbs and a planter for a herb garden and written some letters. Next on the list..... tidying my book shelves, and I think I shall colour co-ordinate (as inspired by Emma Gunavardhana, photo at top of post).