As busy as November has been there have been lots of chances for celebrating life’s #littleloves. This year has been unlike anything we have experienced before, yet one, for the most part, we are stronger for. Whilst I wouldn’t wish the virus on anyone, the prolonged time together in lockdown as a family this year has been much needed.
Having felt a little out of sorts month I have been indulging in some much-needed self-care. The opportunity to hide away from the pressures and strains of real-life and taking the time to read and relax when needed. Something I feel a pang of guilt about, however, I know that when I am feeling overwhelmed I need to step back instead of attempting to plough through and making myself feel even worse.
September always feels like a month when I need to readjust several areas of my life. Between the children returning to school, taking a look at my work/life balance and starting planning for birthday and Christmas season. This year feels like a bigger adjustment after having the children home for six months and me looking to return to employment away from the home. I think I’m starting to get back into a routine, although I’m feeling somewhat exhausted
Despite already having had the children home during the lockdown since March. This month has been about switching off and reconnecting. With emails and notifications pushed to one side in favour of family adventures, reading and spending time together. In some ways, I’m fortunate in that the lockdown has put most of my work on hold – although it’s not great news in terms of finances.
July always feels like a split month, the first half with life semi-normal with schoolwork to be completed. Whilst the second half, once school is out for the summer, feels completely different. A somewhat more relaxed way of life with the focus on fun and laughter.
I’ve felt somewhat out of sorts this month. Whilst the lockdown plays it’s part on my emotions, I think it’s more of overall exhaustion that has hit me this month. I’m tired of everything at the moment, from the everyday chores, family issues, financial worries and a feeling of just not being good enough. Things aren’t likely to change anytime soon so I just need to keep my head down and get on with it.
Life continues in lockdown, adhering to social distancing measures and only heading out for essential journeys. As I worked from home before all of this kicked off, life, on one hand, hasn’t changed that much for me. On the other hand, we have less money coming in as my earning have all but stopped (thank goodness for the little bit of help from the SEISS grant). The children are home from school and we can’t head out on family adventures. But in the grand scheme of things we are very lucky to be surviving the current way of life.
It’s been a little over a month since the social distancing and lockdown measures were introduced. During this time we have transitioned the children into completing school work from home. Adjusting to a new normal and finding ways to have our own time and space whilst we are all in the same house.
Life as we once knew it has changed substantially over the course of the month. What was once just something we heard about on the news from the other side of the world is now very much a reality. Making us step back, close our doors and hope that our loved ones manage to get through without harm.
This month has tested me in so many ways. With my wellbeing on the edge of coping at times. I’ve attempted to maintain that graceful swan-like appearance throughout the thick of things. Whilst crumbling when I’m alone with my thoughts finally catching up with me. Thank goodness for long car journeys, although the sight of a woman crying behind the wheel might have looked a little odd to passing motorists.