Surviving the Insanity of Lockdown

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Today is my 8th wedding anniversary and because of lockdown, my wife received a

homemade card, some flowers from the neighbour's garden (she was kind enough to throw them over the wall) and a few Easter eggs that we bought early. We've run out of wine so we'll be drinking water, but it is reverse osmosis so that's special.

Five days into lockdown and extroverts are starting to lose their minds. The novelty of all the humorous memes is wearing off and the reality of the financial and economic situation is settling in. Everyone is working hard 'from home' but you have to wonder what happens when the cat is away... Words like 'cocooning' are making a comeback and even the introverts need to get out.

We still have 16 days to go, and that might not even end in a green light, so what can we do to stop ourselves from going mad? Take a pen and some paper and try the following exercise - it will at least give you something to do!

Draw 3 columns.

Label the first column Pre-lockdown and add these 2 questions:

1. What did I value?

2. What was important to me?

Label the second column During Lockdown and add these 2 questions:

1. What do I miss?

2. What am I losing?

Label the 3rd column New Ways of Doing Old Things and add these 2 strategies:

1. Alternatives

2. Create / Recreate

Your table should look like this:

Start with making your list in the first column. The second column will be an extraction of the first. The third column requires you to be creative and explore new or modified ways of doing the things that you value and miss. This works, but like any other exercise, you have to put it into action.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

#coaching #lockdown

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