Navigating through the new tiered system

Fran decided to sit down with the Comms Team and discuss the subject matter at hand. The new tiered system.

We are fully aware that winter has set in, the clocks have turned back and the mornings are as dark as the evenings. With the new tiered system in full swing, it can feel hard to get out of that repetitive rut. We are all currently going about our day-to-day with no fixed agendas but how can we fix this? We need to create a space for this to happen.

Creating a space is important for your mindset particularly if you are working full time whether it is from home or you are still having to commute, to reset yourself consider taking a day off. Why not have someone look after the children for a day but just make sure you make time for yourself and utilise it for you. What a novel idea!

This morning I was having a conversation about the need to gain perspective during this new tiered system, but how do I get this? Usually by going for a bike ride on my own or in the warmer weather that we were lucky enough to have this year, going for a swim. Most, if not all of us tend to crave social contact, but this has now been taken away from us during November and December, but we do need to gain perspective.

I don’t know about you, but what does your current day-to-day look like? Here is a glimpse of mine:

Bedroom: – Get up and get dressed
Kitchen: – Morning chores/breakfast
Office: Work
Kitchen (again): Lunch
Office (yay!): Work
Kitchen (here again!): Supper/evening chores
Lounge: Relax
Bedroom: Sleep

And… repeat.

It can sometimes feel like you are a human pinball machine bouncing around the house and this can become tedious and repetitive, not to mention mind-numbingly boring so this can result in you feeling in a very low mood and this can then turn into you questioning what is wrong when nothing is and looking for issues that are not, or were never there. Not having a structure can also cause you to feel this way.

Whilst we can go out in our bubble of six, we are limited on where we can go or who we can go with, so minutes turn into hours, hours into days. Mornings into afternoons and afternoons into nights. You find it hard to differentiate from one to another and this can lead to procrastination and lethargy.

Personally, I have found that the physical world mimics the mental one. When I feel caged, I have the need to go somewhere where I can experience openness. For me, it’s the beach. The calmness of the sea, the openness of the stretch of the shores. The same can be said for the countryside and strangely enough, driving also has the same effect. It’s the openness and the distance of seeing more than the same walls/rooms.

What I am trying to say is, if you’re feeling frustrated, hemmed in or a bit melancholy, get out. Go for a walk, get on a bike, or even go for a drive. Maybe you can go and sit on a bench in a park and take in the changes in the world. Why not take your favourite read and just reset your internal self? You need to take and make time for yourself. You will feel better for it, both mentally and physically.

Covid hasn’t been easy for anyone, and trying to keep mentally intact during this time is important for your social, physical, and mental wellbeing. Be in the moment. Listen to the birds, watch the squirrels, but mostly ensure that your mind isn’t meandering around your house all day. Give it space and a break.

Give it a try. You’ll be surprised.

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