Hey guys! I’m serving you another coronavirus diary, this time from my lovely blogging friend Chloe. A massive thank you to her for writing this for me. Please check out her blog – she has really great content on there!
It has been just over 3 months since I stepped foot in the office and I know it will be so odd to go back to normality. I remember being in my car driving to work listening to the radio when the first few cases in the UK were announced and how terrifying it was as it didn’t seem real at all! Then I can remember when that number quickly shot to 100 and the panic set in. That all feels like a distant memory now.
I started my new job as an office administrator for a property maintenance company on 9th March and then 2 weeks later I was packing my bags to work from home. As you can imagine, it was so daunting having to work from home whilst being so new and trying to learn everything about the job. But I am so grateful and know that I am very lucky to work from the safety of my home and keep a routine during the pandemic. I have heard a lot of furloughed workers struggle with having a long time off and finding things to fill the time while still feeling productive. Unfortunately, my other half Harry wasn’t eligible for the furlough scheme as he was very new to his job so I am just grateful I was allowed to stay working and we didn’t have to worry about our finances too much. My heart goes out to those who are living on their own and weren’t eligible for the scheme – it must be so scary.
At the beginning of lockdown, my biggest struggle was knowing I was not able to spend any time with my family and although the restrictions have lifted it is still weird knowing I haven’t hugged them in three months. I am so grateful for the NHS and the key workers who have put their lives at risk to keep our world turning – you all deserve a very big pay rise! We have just heard from Boris Johnson that in the UK hairdressers and restaurants are re-opening on 4th July which I am a bit on the fence about – with everyone rushing to the pub and not properly social distancing surely another wave of Coronavirus is inevitable?! I know that bringing pubs back is great for the economy, but surely our health is way more important – please let me know whether anyone else agrees.
On a day to day basis, I have been working from 8am-5pm (in loungewear with no makeup of course), going on lots of evening walks with my partner, and putting my head in a book or playing animal crossing! Lockdown has really made me appreciate the little things, like how much time me and Harry have spent together (he is a pub manager so evenings together are usually very rare) and how important it is to slow down and do a bit of self-care. In a weird way, I think I may even miss some parts of lockdown. However, I am excited to be able to food shop without chaos! By not having the 45-minute commute to and from work I have been able to spend more time getting jobs done around the house and cook meals that I usually wouldn’t have time to do, like a roast dinner or homemade lasagne.
I hope everyone is staying safe and looking after themselves mentally and physically during the pandemic. Once again huge thank you to all the key workers during this unsettling time – you are a.m.a.z.i.n.g!
Thanks for reading this post and thank you so much to Chloe for writing it! There’ll be another one out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull