Good Sunday morning friends. I hope you and your families are doing okay given the circumstances.
New Zealand is on day 4 of a nation-wide, strict lockdown. Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, has been our light. She led us through the White Island volcanic eruptions recently, the Christchurch mosque attacks last year and now this, while potty training her toddler. I trust her judgement, decisions and leadership. It’s going to be a tough four weeks in lockdown, possibly longer. But it’s a short-term sacrifice we are making as a nation for the longer term wellbeing and livelihoods. So far, there are 451 cases and no lives lost from Covid-19.
My heart goes out to countries like Italy, Spain, and America. If you are reading this from one of those deeply affected countries, I can’t even imagine how you must be feeling right now. Jobs, livelihoods, grief, scarcity are emotions that are running high. Covid cases are skyrocketing. My sincere love and prayers are with you. ❤️❤️❤️
Back here in little New Zealand, I’ve been contemplating ways to get through this lockdown. Please comment below if you have ideas, tips or recommendations… the more we can inspire each other, the better.
If this lockdown was happening four years ago, my coping mechanism would be alcohol. A drink ‘because I deserved it’, or ‘poor me’. But I haven’t had a drink for over three years – and I have no intention of doing so. What I believe will serve us well right now is a clear head to make smart decisions, keeping in touch with our loved ones, good sleep, daily exercise and nourishing food.
Alcohol doesn’t align with any of that, and I’m so thankful I can see that now. It only took 15 years of drinking like an idiot to work that out! But better late than never, right?!!
Im open to your suggestions but I think the way to get through this lockdown is self-discipline and self-care. My weekday routine at this stage goes something like this:
- Wake up 5:30am
- F45 online class 6:00am or run, weather permitting
- 7:00am breakfast, journal, get ready for work
- 8:00am – 4:00pm work online (with breaks)
- 6:00pm make tea
- 9:00pm read book, bedtime
So let’s be kind to our friends, keep in touch with loved ones, and most importantly be kind to ourselves.
It’s all well and good for us to not drink today. But what about tomorrow? And the next day? And the day after that? We might not be feeling as confident and calm then as we are now – moreover, our circumstances could get a whole lot harder. So if we do start to feel vulnerable, it’s important that we realize we are not alone. Feeling like a drink is not weak, or something to be embarrassed about. It’s what we do about it that matters. I’m seeing a lot more online channels becoming available. And let’s not forget our friends and family – they know us best and are only a phone call away. Don’t be ashamed to pick up the phone if you’re feeling out of sorts. We need each other more than ever now – the person you dial will be humbled and willing to listen. They care about you. It’s that simple.
Stay safe 😘
PS here’s one of my morning run photos from during the week. I’m feeling very thankful for living near the beach ❤️
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