Going into week four felt really odd to me. We knew that the the initial three weeks was going due to end on Bank Holiday Monday and that an announcement was made prior to the Easter weekend that there would be no change and then on our ‘bonus’ days of lockdown things just carried on as normal to an extent. And then came the announcement – another three weeks to go.
Bank holiday weekends typically drag for me. I don’t know what it is about having a day less of office time usually but by the time Friday evening comes (when I’m most productive sometimes) I’m ready for the Saturday following the shorter week.
This time however, the shorter week flew by and I wonder if it is a measure of things to come.
The first three weeks, in my mind, formed no greater issue than simply being on a slightly longer holiday than normal. Whereby if I fly to a foreign country for three weeks I wouldn’t have regular face to face contact with people from back home anyway and I wouldn’t really feel guilty about it as I’d be living out my adventures. However, heading into another three weeks bringing us up to six (ad potentially beyond) the reality is that I’m not on holiday – quite the contrary I’ve been working from home and working on these writings over this period – the desire to want to do some of the old things and habits seemed to have said hello over the last 48 hours or so and now the lockdown is feeling more like a restriction.
I see this causing a shift among two different types of people who have been affected. Those who found the first three weeks torturous who may now start adapting and those who adapted quicker and who will now start feeling stifled.
This lockdown is a short version of a long game and it will hit us all at different times and in different ways. The problem with playing this time as a game is that games often have rules and more importantly a time that calls the game to an end. Footballers know when they need peak performance in a match and how much energy to expand as the game goes from beginning, middle and end. They know what their bodies are capable of and can quite happily sprint and rest as needed because they know that during an ordinary league match normality resumes after 90 minutes… plus additional minutes to be played.
In this game we’re all playing we have our rules:
- Work if you’re essential, cannot work from home and are not furloughed
- Go outdoors only to walk once a day or to shop for essentials
- Stay home if neither 1 or 2 apply.
What we don’t have is time. Not properly. People hoping for that three weeks to result in a final whistle would have been supremely disappointed and I fear they may be disappointed again when this next batch of three weeks expires again.
So what can we do? What can I do?
- I’m going to stick to promises I’ve made myself. I’ve promised to do a daily week show on my Facebook Page, live, either at lunchtime or early evening.
- I’m going to at least one blog post a day.
- I’m going to be present for my sister and niece.
But most importantly:
- I’m not going to insist that I maintain high functionality throughout this process and I won’t get attached the dates and times that are being given to us.
My routine has kept me, and my sister able to function throughout the first three weeks. We have ALL made it through the first three weeks and if your physically fit and healthy there is no reason why you can’t make it through another three weeks or beyond.
I use this trick when running a half marathon – I’ve done one 10K, I’m just doing another. I don’t make a big deal out of it, I just know that I need to keep on moving, aches, pains and blisters until the end is in sight…
Ironically, what happens then is I try and speed up and start thinking back to periods of time I could have achieved more. As much as I’m not judging myself too harshly at this time I also don’t want to look back and think in those final days of whatever this is that I let myself down by not doing what I could with the resources I had.
This includes, walking while on a running race, or having a ‘nothing’ day(s) while locked down.