Guest Post by Tyra from Ty_blogsx
Compared to most other countries in Europe, the UK had the softest restrictions. What most of Europe is now experiencing as their Phase 1 of lifting the lockdown, was the UK’s lockdown to begin with, since 23rd March 2020. We have been allowed 1hrs exercise outdoors, to go to supermarkets for essentials and to get medication.
That was all. Other than that, we had to stay indoors and were advised not to use public transport although it is still running! Confusing right? It gets worse!
Our prime minister had announced that as of 20th May 2020, we can now go out for unlimited exercise and sit in parks with people of the same household but social distancing and lockdown is still in place!
Everyone in the UK would have seen photos going viral online of the scenes in some parks around the UK prior to this latest announcement. The parks were already filled with people sitting in large groups, having BBQ’s and drinking although this was not allowed. Now that it is allowed to sit in the park what do you think will happen? People are going to take advantage! May I also add that we have the highest death toll in Europe!!!
So how do I and many other UK citizens feel about this? Do I think the UK handled this crisis well? No. Do I think, people have been ignorant by not following the rules to our already very weak lockdown? Yes.
I am very anxious of the risks of a second wave and as much as I would love to see my family, friends and boyfriend, we need to do this lockdown properly to reduce deaths and infection rates!
How am I coping in lockdown?
Like a lot of us globally, I have had my ups and downs. As compulsive over-thinker and anxious person, I like to keep myself busy to stay out of my head thoughts. Now being in quarantine has made this very difficult! I’ve had days where I’ve just stayed in bed and binged watched my favourite shows. I’ve had days where I’ve felt fed up, irritable and moody and I’ve had days where I’ve felt low in mood.
Overall, I would say have felt drained, anxious, lonely and confused. Safe to say I miss normality. But I have also had days where I’ve gone for walks and enjoyed the sunshine and nature. I’ve had time to reflect on myself and my goals and I’ve had time to get back into something I thoroughly enjoy – writing! And you too could use this time find your passion and find something you enjoy. But if you just want to spend this time taking break and dealing with your thoughts and emotions, taking one step at a time, that’s OK too!
I think my biggest message to everyone all over the world is that we may be isolated, but you are not alone in your feelings. Both negative ones and positives. This is a global crisis! Although different countries are handling this differently, everyone’s normal way of living has changed.
We are all adapting to change – and it’s scary. But we are all in this together.
No matter how near or far we are from each other we are all experiencing this and feeling similar emotions. Don’t forget to stay connecting to loved ones virtually and look after yourselves, self care is particularly important in times like this! Limit how much negativity you’re taking in on the news and find something to do you enjoy, that lets you forget all craziness going in the world right now! We will get through this!
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Love Ty (my inbox is always open for a chat or advice of any kind) xo
About the author
Quarantine Diaries is a blog series where bloggers from different countries share their quarantine stories to narrate their experiences and remind us that we all are in it together.
If you like the above post, please subscribe to the blog. You’ll only be notified of any new posts 🙂