How to stay sober during lockdown

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 ❤️

#StayHomeNZ #recoveryposse #covidfit #covid19 #socialdistancing #gratitude #bekind

17 thoughts on “How to stay sober during lockdown

  1. I was so happy to see this pop up in my email! I’ve missed seeing your posts! Not sure if you caught my news or not, but I stopped blogging last year. I am active on IG though @livingwithoutalcohol. Stay safe and keep the posts comin’! 🙂

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    • Hello my friend, so nice to get your message. Sorry I didn’t realize you’d stopped – totally understandable. Hope you and your family are safe and well at this uncertain time. Take care 🙂


  2. So happy you are blogging again, I really missed you! great article, love your routine – very organised! UK is very weird also right now, I work in transport so am still coming into the office, but many working from home and I have my own office, so feel fairly safe. Your positive attitude is inspiring, please keep blogging! xxxx

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    • Hi lovely, so glad you’re safe. Thanks for your kind, inspiring message. Weird is a good description! Let’s keep in touch. Connectivity will be so important through this – us humans are social creatures. Speak soon xx ☺️

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  3. Beautiful photo! We too are fortunate as we live at the bottom of the Baja in Mexico during the winter. And while most of the snowbirds headed for all points north, we have decided to stay until our scheduled return date of 24 April before heading back to Canada in the hopes that things have begun to settle. We are warm and safe here. Day 1336 of sobriety, be well and be you! P.S. I love your PM!

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  4. Hi honey!
    We are in a good place, A suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s a big city, but less dense than other areas.
    It hasn’t been too hard, as we are retired and used to a slower way of life.
    Walking and biking outside has been our main way of keeping mentally well.

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  5. That sunrise is just amazing! I’ve been reading more and more about getting out and running…feeling like it’s a sign for me to incorporate some of that. The last time I ran was 9 years ago for my one and only marathon. After that I just let it go. Now may be a good time to start…I certainly felt tons better physically and mentally AFTERWARDS😀. I’ve been drinking turmeric tea for my happy hour and tea does calm me down. Thanks for the positive post and from America sending you much ❤️

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    • Hi Dwight, sounds like a sign alright! If you are in lockdown right now, does your government permit running outdoors? When our lockdown was announced, the treadmill sales skyrocketed! All the best for getting through this safely. Tumeric tea is so nourishing ☺️

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