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The Real World Impact of Covid Lockdowns
I’m noticing a pattern now.
Usually, it’s every couple of weeks.
The rest of the time, I can happily use all the tools in my kit to stay positive, optimistic and make the most of the situation we have.
Some might say I’m suspending my disbelief for a couple of weeks at a time.
And then, it happens.
I wake up, think about doing something relatively mundane, and get really excited about it.
I think that happens at a certain age… we start to be able to find the joy in really simple things. We don’t need a promised trip to Disneyland or the hope of a shiny new bike with handlebar streamers (showing my age now!); we can get excited at the thought of doing something slightly different, breaking routine, even spending quality time with loved ones.
This morning, it was the thought of pulling on good, sensible walking boots, loading the dogs into the car, and my awesome wife and I driving over to one of our favorite woodlands for a good old ramble, dogs off the lead, that smell of fresh pine, a steaming cuppa waiting for us afterward.
And then, it hit me. Covid-19. Lockdown.
We shouldn’t really do that. Our ‘local’ woodlands aren’t really that local and, if there’s been a media furor over Boris Johnson cycling seven miles from home, we sure shouldn’t be driving further than that to get to forest paths.
The ridiculousness of it all hit me.
I felt anxiety at the thought of driving, in an enclosed bubble, to a wide-open area of countryside, where we’d probably see another dog walker in the distance, at best, or, maybe, a couple of cyclists.
My thoughts then drifted from ridiculousness to futility.
What if this is it?
What if the people⏤so many are so eager to call ‘conspiracy theorists’ (and that’s a whole different conversation for a whole different day) are right?
What if the powers that be actually have no intention of ‘unlocking’ us and the yo-yo house arrest cycle is a way to break us down and get us used to living without liberty?
This is what happens if we’re not as vigilant as we might be in controlling our thoughts… they can spiral down all kinds of deep, dark rabbit holes.
It’s everything to do with fear, anxiety, and the unknown and very little to do with common sense.
I pulled the duvet back over my head and stayed in bed until almost 11 am.
Later, I forced myself to get up, get clean and go downstairs. I even made myself leave the iPhone upstairs so I wouldn’t get sucked into social media dramas.
I had a cuppa. Chatted to my wife. Cuddled the fur babies. And then, I made a mistake… and fell into another element of this ‘pattern’.
I picked up the iPad.
At first, it was to distract me, but I allowed that distraction to go too far.
Before I knew it, I was playing two brain-dead games and dropping cash on ‘bags of coins/gems’ to refill my energy.
If only it was that easy in real life, eh?!
I gave myself a shake, quit the games (there’s a reason I deleted them on my phone!), and sat in thought for a few moments.
That’s when the tears fell. When I stopped distracting myself and allowed myself to actually feel.
Running from our feelings doesn’t work.
Distracting ourselves from our feelings just puts them on ice for a while.
It doesn’t matter whether you believe the ‘vaccine’ will save the world, or it’s a genetically modified element of the ‘Great Reset’.
It doesn’t matter whether you believe our Prime Minister is the second coming, or if you’d quite like to cut a little ‘V’ behind his ear, just to check for scales.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a proud royalist who believes Queen Liz is safely tucked away in her bubble, or if you suspect the royals have been quietly eliminated by the insidious people who are really in control and masterminding this whole shitstorm.
It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-Trump and believe that pillock with the buffalo horns is really a shaman, or whether you’re convinced Biden and Harris will breathe clean air across the US and beyond.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a carnivore, vegan, breatharian, or only eat blue Smarties.
It doesn’t matter if you’re pagan, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jedi, or a deeply committed Dude.
Wherever you like to pin your flag, however adept you are at controlling your emotions, flipping your negatives, and seeing the positives in all things, at some point, the world we’re living in right now is bound to push your buttons.
You’re bound to worry, feel fearful, anxious, stressed, or hit a massive downer.
I’m here to tell you that’s okay.
Watch for the patterns, just as I have today.
Be honest enough with yourself to recognize the difference between breaking your state or hiding in a game/Netflix box sets or news apps.
Understand that one action can actually help us to feel better, and another can simply pause our negativity and allow it to fester in temporary confinement.
Work out what it is that helps you to *actually* get back into the positive flow, shift your mood and come back into balance.
For me, that could be exercise, meditation, a bit of DIY, or even writing… that’s why I’m writing this right now, and I’m already starting to feel better.
What is it for you?
Hint: it won’t be ranting, arguing, blaming, or creating more division in an already isolated society – they’re all traps to suck you down even further.
It might be learning to listen without judgment, or tuning in to your heart, instead of taking instruction directly from your monkey mind (we all have that – it’s the little voice that constantly whispers negativity and unrest at you).
It might be reading a proper book, instead of scrolling social media, playing with your dog, cuddling your cat, or actually joining in the games with your kids instead of getting irritated about Lego on the floor.
Take a breath. Do something different.
You might not be able to change the world right now, but you CAN change the way you’re approaching it.
And, I promise you, once you start noticing those personal patterns, it all starts to feel much more manageable.
Until next time,
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