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Lockdown

Lockdown

On the blog today, and on a personal note, I thought I would share a little bit of how I’m coping with COVID, particularly during this second wave in Victoria.

It’s been up and down. I’m doing better since restrictions eased for regional Victoria a few weeks back. It’s been a challenging year, as it has been for most. I was deployed overseas with the Air Force prior to COVID and only just managed to get home before the borders slammed shut. Since getting back, I’ve largely been in lockdown.

Many of us don’t like acknowledging feelings. It seems like we are just having a whinge. Instead, we do the stoic thing and say yep it’s been tough but at least we have it better than X person / community / country. That’s my typical thing to do anyway. To be honest though, it’s not very helpful, and I’ve been a bit up and down. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions compounded by the guilt of feeling bad when you do have a shit day.

My friend Kai at Offscreen / Dense Discovery had some good advice that I thought I would share:

“I still have to remind myself regularly that I’m allowed to have a bad day, while at the same time I can acknowledge that so many others are doing it a lot tougher. For all the hurdles privilege removes, it doesn’t inoculate against anxieties. And that’s reassuring in its own painful, but human way”. 

One of my coping mechanisms is running. We are fortunate to have a large chunk of state forest right behind our home, something I’ve come to appreciate even more during lockdown. Running through the bush most mornings for an hour in the freezing cold has been good therapy for me. It has a grounding effect and burns away the petty frustrations of the previous day. It’s a reset, allowing me to start the day calmly and with purpose. I’ve also been working my way through the back catalogue of BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix while I’m at it, which has been really fun. My own private bush disco. It’s a simple thing to wake up to and look forward to.

I hope wherever you are that you’re doing OK and remind you again that it’s fine to have a crap day every now and then. Look after yourselves. Stay safe and stay well.