To save lives and protect the NHS, we must all stay at home - but there are positives in all of this! I have been a stay at home mum for the last 22 years, with the exception of setting up and running the admin and bookkeeping for our family business and my ongoing role as a company director for our business. But generally I love to be at home, I have never needed to go out every day and I didn't miss the corporate office environment at all. Of course I don't have young children any longer, I am not sure I'd have coped if I needed to home educate? My son was never the most willing academic participant!
So overall putting aside the huge health, economic and social impact of our current situation, for me personally I am not in panic mode. I don't need to make any big changes to my day to day life. My son is working from home, my daughter is back from uni and my husband is understandably worrying about business. And I can't just nip to the shops or meet a friend for coffee. But I am accepting of the situation, I am frustrated that there are big groups of the population not accepting it though, putting the rest of us at risk. Like everyone, I am really worried about my immediate family, my extended family and my elderly parents.
There are benefits though! For me these include:
But I will miss:
I'm disappointed for my daughter not being able to finish her first year at university, she had her placement cut short and has missed a further two placements as well as some planned social outings. Her room lies abandoned and we will need to go and sort it out as soon as it is possible to do so. And my son probably won't be able to complete and move into his first home for a while. But I appreciate this is nothing compared to the loss of life the virus is causing.
I've not posted on my Instagram account this week as I felt I needed some time to adjust to the news, the new routine and get my head around what is and isn't appropriate given the financial pressure we are all feeling. But I do think where possible we will still want to treat ourselves, make sure we include self-care in our routine and plan for when we can get back to normal.
Like everyone, I've had to stop my regular pampering appointments, so no manicure or pedicure, no waxing and no hair colouring - I will be looking at other ways to feel good about myself! And I will share a few ideas.
I will still get up, wash and style my hair, put my make-up on and dress up, albeit a bit more casually than I would normally if I was out and about. I have followed this routine ever since I started life as a stay at home mum. Nothing will change. I will share some of my 'at home' outfits with you!
I hope you will stick with me, that you will enjoy my blogs during this uncertain time, and that I can support you with some positivity, self-care and love. I love this inspirational blog post from Sweet Elyse - Inspirational Sunday | Creating a Good Life so relevant right now as we try to create a happy home life.
And there are positives, I do think good will come from the current misery we find ourselves in.
Please share your thoughts with me, I love to hear from you.
Lots of love and stay safe.
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