Hey guys! With the UK now back in lockdown for the second time and the news only focusing on the depressing pandemic, there are a plethora of reasons to feel negative during this time period. So I thought I’d write this blog post as a way of spreading some positive energy and letting you know that we are all in this together. I’m currently isolating after being in contact with someone who has coronavirus with 9 days to go and although I know it’s going to be a really hard time I know that I can and will get through it. So here is my post trying to find the positives in the second lockdown for coronavirus.
REASON 1: This lockdown is not set to go on for as long as the previous one.
For 8 weeks before, we were trapped inside our houses, unable to see anyone who wasn’t in our household and unable to go anywhere else. This lockdown is only set to go on for 4 weeks and we’ve already managed to survive nearly a week of it. Although it could be lengthened for several more weeks depending on what the government decide, for now, we have an end date for this lockdown and that can only be a good thing.
REASON 2: You can still go for walks.
Walks are such a blessing during lockdown. Whilst I can’t actually go for walks because I’m self isolating (boo!) I can remember how much joy they brought me in the first lockdown. Sometimes all you need is a bit of fresh air to make you feel better even if its just marginally. It’s even better if you live near the countryside like I do because the scenery is so beautiful. I believe that you can still drive to go for walks as well as long as you stay fairly local so that means you have more choice than you did in the previous lockdown too.
REASON 3: You can still meet one other person outside of your household (for a walk).
This is another difference to the first lockdown because you can still meet someone else outside of your household albeit for a walk. Although the weather is against us because we’re now in November, by wrapping up warm, I think we should be able to survive an hour walk (or however long you want). It’s just a small mercy that we are still able to see our friends and family members who don’t belong to our household during this time in person.
REASON 4: Not everything is shut.
This time around some things that were closed last time are now open for example schools, colleges and universities. Some food shops and cafes that shut last time like Starbucks, Costa and Mcdonalds are open this time for take away. For me, I was so relieved that schools would be staying open because I adore sixth form and I knew it would be a great source of comfort to still see my friends and maintain some part of my normal routine. Obviously that doesn’t matter now because the whole sixth form is isolating for 2 weeks but I’m really looking forward to returning to school again because I think it will really help me through the remainder of the lockdown.
REASON 5: We have social media and video call to keep in touch with our loved ones.
Social media and technology has been so key in keeping us connected during this year. It means we can see our loved ones without actually having to be in the same room. We have phone calls, text messages, DMs and video calls to name a few. As I write this, I’m on a video call with some of my friends from school and video calling each other is keeping us connected at this time. While its not ever going to be as good as seeing them in person, its the best substitute we’ve got at the moment and it’s so much better than just not speaking to them for these 4 weeks.
REASON 6: We are better prepared for this lockdown.
Because we’ve already been through it once before, we are much better prepared and have a better idea of what to expect. Staying indoors? Been there, done that. Zoom quizzes? Mastered them. Walks? Never loved them more. We already know how to survive a lockdown so we know that we can and will be able to do it again.
REASON 7: There is hope after the lockdown.
We have hope that this will not be forever and one day coronavirus will be a mere memory. There is a vaccine in the works which we hope will be rolled out in the first part of next year. Track and trace is developing far beyond what it ever was before. This lockdown even has the purpose of slowing down the spread of the virus. We know that we’re not there yet. But one day we will beat coronavirus and return to normal life.
Thank you for reading this blog post! I hope it has made you feel better. There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull