Here in Ireland we are in lockdown, homeschooling & working from home.
I sometimes feel that as a therapist I am supposed to have a pearl of wisdom, something really clever to say that we can all learn from. But I don’t. Everyone’s version of coping is so personal.
What I do have instead is my open and honest explanation of how I cope during lockdown – it’s intended to connect me to myself and others. When I feel connected I feel better in myself and can then offer more to the kids. This doesn’t mean that I am ontop of it all time, but I do know what supports me in my life. The challenge is to remember to use these supports when I need them.
Every night I get a notebook and make a plan of what we all need to do the next day including what we will eat
I allocate certain hours for work/play/homeschooling and stick to them as much as possible
At the end of each week ask the kids to plan the meals for the week – some they can cook and some we can all cook (for me cooking and planning the cooking is the most time consuming part of the week)
I work out what I need to do each day for me to feel well in my mind and that I have the energy and emotional capacity for the kids.
This means 3-4 morning online pilates classes a week.
Stopping each day at least every 2 hours and having a cup of tea (1 caffeine and the rest herbal so I don’t get wild )
Go outdoors every day – alone when possible
I write letters to friends to stay in touch
I get into a TV Series – Ireland’s Fittest Family this time
I listen to music and read books
I take herbal supplements prescribed from a herbal practitioner, vitamin D, vitamin C and fish oils daily to support my body and mind
I predict tiredness and exhaustion by arranging sleep-ins with my husband and daytime naps
I go back to therapy for extra support if required
I attend the weekly Chamber meetings as regularly as I can. This helps me to nurture another part of me
I involve myself in my local community association. My job is to run the text alert system.
I go to my polytunnel and play around with seeds, herbs, vegetables and soil.
I stick on a movie when I am tired and we chill as a family
I plan a treat each week. I don’t drink, so I usually get a takeaway
I practice sitting with difficult emotions, days and times and offer them my deepest compassion. This can be hard.
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