As you know, I’ve been in the habit of posting fortnightly for the last 6 months or so, but as coronavirus and the changes underway are so unpredictable, I thought I’d give you an additional update.

As an eternal optimist, I never even considered that the coronavirus situation would have got to this point. Yet, the worst of the turmoil may still be to come, not to mention the subsequent financial fall-out that could affect so many.

I hope that some of my points will resonate with you and will help to keep you safe and sane in the during this strange coronavirus times.

Maintain some normality

While some aspects of life are seeming oddly surreal right now, it’s important to maintain a sense of normality. If you believe that you are infected, or if you are within the vulnerable parts of society, then obviously my advice doesn’t apply. However, for the majority, it’s important that we try to continue our lives as normal to the best of our ability.

If there are things that are still on, then do your best to attend or take part. The impact on our health and well-being could be at risk if we stop these prematurely – not to mention the impact on our economy.

Prepare

There is currently uncertainty about the how and the when, but ultimately parts of the UK, if not all, could well be self-isolating in a matter of weeks, if not days.

I must admit that the toilet roll crisis is lost on me! We have some, but we also have some wet wipes –  I know these are actually machine washable from my days of washable nappies – and we also have some old sheets and a washing machine, if we get desperate!

We don’t need to go crazy but being able to sustain ourselves for a couple of weeks to a month will be useful. I feel we have enough now and will continue to top-up over the coming weeks as required.

I’m also happy to help neighbours and friends accordingly, with the assumption that we are all in this together. Going overboard is not helpful to anyone and I’ve seen a few pleas already on Facebook for those that need certain things. This will only continue further in the coming weeks.

Keep well

There are things we can all do to keep ourselves well. There’s nothing new here, but good hygiene is obviously essential in containing the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, basics such as getting enough sleep and hydration are sensible. Try to maintain a balanced diet and take regular exercise where possible.

Much of my preparations include getting enough fruit and veg and preparing for exercise at home (i.e. circuits etc) if we’re unable to get out and about as normal.

There is also a heightened risk of Vitamin D deficiency if we stay indoors, although for many, this probably isn’t much greater than normal and should hopefully only be temporary.

If you’re concerned about not getting enough nutrients, take vitamin supplements.

Look after your mental health

This is probably as important as physical health, if not more so.

There are certainly risks in terms of anxiety. Having spoken to a Hypnotherapist I know this week, I understand business is booming at the moment in terms of appointments with small business owners amongst others.

There could also be impacts in terms of isolation and people simply going a bit stir crazy. I’m looking at the potential lock-down as an unplanned ‘staycation’. I’ve got a to-do list of loads of things I’d like to achieve during this time.

As often is the case, my desire to do these is greater than my appetite to actually do them. However, they will keep me focussed and interested during the time (assuming I’ve not got more pressing things to deal with such as being sick myself or caring for loved ones).

If you’ve not got a full to-do list like me, use the time for some well-deserved time out, connect with others (online), practice mindfulness or do something you enjoy such as catching up on books and films!

Look out for others

Often, we’re so caught up in our own worlds that we give little thought to others. Check in regularly with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues etc. to check they’re ok and understand their situations as well as any needs they might have.

If they are vulnerable, be careful not to infect them, but give them help and support in other ways by offering practical, moral or even financial support where possible. We often forget that many people are worse off than we are, sometimes far worse off.

Be resourceful

Many of us have become comfortable or complacent in our worlds of plenty. Generally, I pride myself on my resourcefulness, but I feel I’ve being propelled into a whole new dimension here.

Not content with boiling my chicken bones for stock and making my own bread and yogurt, I’m already contemplating making my own butter, cottage cheese and pasta. Steady now!

Hopefully, the coronavirus situation will be short lived. However, I hope that some of these newfound habits will be widely spread and long-lived. There is a definitely a need for social change in this area. Let’s eliminate waste, be creative and use our imagination!

Adapt

While we’re approaching an unprecedented situation on all our lifetimes, as a nation and a race, we are resilient and adaptable. This will give an opportunity to flex our resilience and adaptability muscles! We can work differently. We can live differently. Our kids can learn differently. We have the tools and the skills – it’s a great opportunity to put these to the test!

Make plans

It’s hard to make any concrete plans right now, as no-one knows how long this will last. Don’t stop dreaming and thinking ahead though.

When we do come out the other side, we’ll be feeling so stir crazy, we’ll all need to do / book / celebrate as much as possible. You can already start planning for this – if nothing else, it will give you something to look forward too!

Wrap-up

As an eternal optimist, I never even considered that the coronavirus situation would have got to this point. Yet, the worst of the turmoil may still be to come, not to mention the subsequent financial fall-out that could affect so many.

I hope that some of my points will resonate with you and will help to keep you safe and sane during these crazy times!

 

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