So here we are in to week four of lock down. The cabin fever is certainly getting to us now – yes we full our days and find things to do but it’s not the same when your freedom has been taken away. I miss the real world connection so much. We have found certain ways to try and keep some of that connection.

Face timing with family and friends 

This has been massive for us to ensure we are staying connected. We face time Grandparents and Aunties etc on a daily basis. The children have also been face timing their school friends which has been amazing for them. They get to see them and hear those familiar voices and show them what they have been up to in real time.

Virtual tours 

This has been amazing we have been searching for some virtual tours on line to take. This makes us feel like we are connected to the outside world. We have been trying to think of places we want to know more about and may want to visit once the lock down is over. Liverpool was one of the places that came up in conversation, it’s fab just think of your choice of venue and off you go.

Things we found out were – Liverpool is the home to the largest Chinese Arch outside of China and has the oldest Chinese community in Liverpool.  Not only was the Arch built with Feng Shui in mind, there are two bronze lions perched in front of it, symbolising protection. You can even show your child the 200 dragons decorated across the impressive arch!

Checking in with neighbours 

Obviously we can’t go and see our neighbours like we used to but we can stay connected. The children have been drawing pictures and posting them to our elderly neighbours. We have also been sitting at out doorsteps and chatting. This makes us feel like we are still connected and stops them from feeling lonely.

As you can see there are plenty of ways you can say connected and in the loop. This can be a really lonely time so anything to help is great. Let me know what you have been doing.

Update from the future

So “the lockdown” has turned into “lockdown 1.0”, lockdown 2.0 has just finished and there’s a possibility that there might even be a third lockdown before COVID19 is finally beaten.  On the plus side, at least it looks like there’s a vaccine on the way.

If there’s one lesson to take away from 2020, it’s that it’s vital people have reliable help when they need it.  This is particularly important for people with caring responsibilities, whether that’s for children or elderly parents.  For many people, it’s increasingly likely to be both.

Now that winter is coming in, the weather could create even more challenges for everyone.  The good news is that there’s still time to have a think about what’s been working for you and what’s not and what action you need to take to make everyone’s life easier.  

For example, you may want to look at your arrangements for childcare and elderly home care and see if you need to get extra help.  You might also want to look at how you run your home in general and see if there’s anything you can do to make your burden lighter.  For example, are there any home appliances you could buy which could take up some of your workload.

Last but definitely not least, remember to prioritize your own self-care and encourage other members of your family (and your friends) to prioritize theirs.  Winter is always a tough time, but spring is always waiting on the other side of it!

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