Staying busy during lockdown

Emma Burke

As the UK goes into lockdown, Emma talks about how she is finding the experience. She shares her worries around her medication being out of stock and how communities are coming together to support each other.

This has helped to alleviate some of my concerns, because I know that support is there should I need it.

Emma and her boyfriend at an event
Emma and her boyfriend

I am now in my second week of social distancing as per the government’s recommendations. During my first week, the semi-lockdown was announced, causing all restaurants, cafes and non-essential stores to shut. Though this was a necessary step to limit the spread of the virus, it caused me to realise the gravity and scale of what we are dealing with.  A fact that before I had been reluctant to face. 

The government sent letters out to 1.5 million individuals they deemed most vulnerable to this virus. I did not receive a letter, which did alleviate some anxiety about my own safety.

However, many of my friends and relatives will and have been receiving letters from the government as they fall in this category. I will continue to make sure I keep in regular contact with them to distract them and myself from any negative thoughts and scaremongering.

Concerns about the government lockdown

As we are nearing the end of the month, I have many concerns relating to the continuation of this semi-lockdown. I have prescriptions that I need to collect.

But because of the panicked nature of people in my local area, I am worried about my pharmacy not having the stock to give me all the medications I need.

Difficulties around access to food delivery services

I have heard that food store delivery services are buckling due to the influx of new customers who are self-isolating.

Store deliveries are not really a preferred option for me and my partner, as our collective incomes are not high enough to be able to spend the money required to make these deliveries (especially at the end of the month!). So for now, we are still venturing out to the stores once a week to garner supplies.

Facebook group community schemes

I know that should I need it, there are people in my community who are willing to help people like me. I have had leaflets through the door from local neighbours offering make-shift delivery services.

This has helped to alleviate some of my concerns, because I know that support is there should I need it. If you are not aware of any community schemes in your local area, Facebook might have local groups that can direct you to them.

Keep yourself active at home

My one key piece of advice to others this week is to remain busy. A positive mindset is key to maintaining some sense of normality throughout this, and with that, new projects and hobbies.

I know that like myself, there will be others living with people they do not feel comfortable around, and this constant environment can be draining and emotionally taxing. I tend to cope with this by listening to calming instrumental music and reorganising my room or crafting. This helps me to shut out the negativity and focus on myself.

I hope everyone is staying safe and staying in contact with friends and family during this difficult time.

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