UK Lockdown: Day 287

Tomorrow marks the start of the so-called Lockdown 3.0. For Luke and me it’s more like an extended 2.0 because we haven’t actually gone back to work yet. I was due to start a new part-time role on Thursday, which now might be delayed due to the newest government guidelines.

Basically, if you don’t know what’s happening in the UK right now, it’s a shambles. No one knows what to do for the best. The government is a mess. And everyone has watched the entirety of Netflix.

This morning I woke up and felt really low. The impending new rules left me feeling really shaken and unable to process everything. I spent most of the morning feeling sorry for myself and had a long cry. It’s not being able to see family that really gets to me. Not working is one thing, not having the usual social interactions is another, but no hugs and family time is really distressing.

Here’s a rainbow to give us all some hope.

Once I’d managed to calm myself down (by which I mean, Luke had calmed me down, because he is awesome) I decided to set myself a few tasks for the next six weeks.

* Finish my online course with Google Garage. * Sign up to some sort of Food Bank/Soup Kitchen to keep myself busy and help others. * Take a photo a day of something that’s made me smile/appreciate life.

Our afternoon walk today was wet, windy, sleety, snowy, damp and dark. Not the best adjectives, but it was still a great lift for both of us mental health wise.

And damp and dreary days still give beautiful skies.

We also came home to homemade Corned Beef and Rice which Luke’s mum had made for us. Delicious. Luke’s mum is our new housemate and so far living with my Mother-in-Law is going really well.

I hope you’re all coping with the new lockdown. Remember, it’s okay to not be okay. You are never alone. Reach out and someone will find you and hold your hand.

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