Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Locking Down

Well, this post had to happen at some point didn't it?

I have been social distancing/ isolating since Monday 16th March. Following government advise regarding the matter, plus not wanting to be responsible for spreading the virus amongst others especially the elderly or vulnerable, it is the most responsible thing to do. In fact, the thing to do. The less people you see in person, the slower the virus will spread and therefore 'flatten the curve', putting less pressure under an already compromised NHS. At a time which feels quite helpless, if you are not in a key worker role, then staying at home is literally THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO HELP! Like seriously, though. Stay home, save lives.

This doesn't mean you can't get fresh air or have to be 'cooped up' for days on end. You can still go for a walk or for a run/ bike ride/ scoot/ hop/ skip/ jump etc in an open space, providing you stay the 2 metre safe distance away from others. Which is what I have been doing. It doesn't, however, mean spending time socialising with others who are not from the same household as you. I know it might seem like f o r e v e r without seeing friends and relatives or partaking in sports and outdoor hobbies, but in the grand scheme of things, a few weeks to a few months is not actually that bad, considering the amount of lives that could be saved. Also, we are better connected digitally than ever before, with a host of apps that lets you see your family etc, without actually seeing them.

Despite staying inside going against a lot of my thoughts (recovering from an eating disorder which included obsessive exercise) and daily habits/ hobbies, I understand that we all need to be doing our bit to prevent the virus accelerating further. This also illustrates a good sign of recovery on my part, too.

So what have I been doing whilst staying indoors as much as possible?

Tidying up/ cleaning. Perhaps sounds a little boring, but it gives a great sense of achievement and it can even be quite fun once you 'get into it' and start seeing the results. I must admit my partners' and my house is an absolute MESS and the past week we have been making huge headway. Pat on the back, please!

Cross stitch. Okay, well yes maybe I'm a little odd in having taken this up, but in all honesty, I couldn't care less! It's a really fun indoor hobby, which is relaxing, perhaps 'mindful', super creative and also productive (a small part- I mean we are in the midst of a global pandemic here, so being 'productive' is like the last of my worries tbh). You can read a bit more about my cross stitch hobby in a previous blog post here.

Films. Not many people will know this, probably because I mainly only tweet about groundhopping these days(?) but I am a big, big fan of films. Long before my groundhopping days started, I began an Excel sheet of all the films I watch. This was when I began my Film Production course at university in September 2010 as a way of recording what I was watching. My favourite directors are Mike Leigh, Andrea Arnold, Michael Haneke, and Kelly Reichardt. I have kept my list up to date ever since. I won't spoil you with the numbers at this point, because I'm planning a blog post on this subject specifically at some stage in the future. Aren't I a tease?! Lists aside, watching films have been another form of distraction of late. Some recent ones I have enjoyed are: Only Yesterday (1991), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Capernaum (2018), A Silent Voice (2016), American Honey (2016) and Diego Maradona (2019). I would recommend all.

Animation. This is something I professionally 'do' and enjoy doing and something I am trying to keep up throughout this period. If being honest, I have actually found it quite difficult to concentrate with everything that's going on, making it hard to focus on my next short film. This being said, I have managed to get a fair bit completed, though not as much as I would have liked, considering the amount of time on my hands at present. I'm hoping and I'm sure, that once I get more used to this situation/ get my head around what is going on in the world right now, I will be able to concentrate better and produce more work at a high standard.

Social media. Less socialising in real life, more socialising online. I have been trying to cut down on my Twitter intake, because most of my time spent on it is aimless scrolling, rather than focussed interacting. I still want to be present on there, especially while these is no football or bowling, but I don't want it to become my life. It's usually worse in the evening when I'm tired or have completed all my daily tasks and don't feel like doing much else. Again, I have been trying to put something in it's place, such as watching a film, playing Scrabble with my partner, reading (which I 100% need to do more of) or doing a Sudoku. Ain't it the life.

Washing hands. Yep, you know the drill. Stay safe all x

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