Is anyone else feeling a kind of deja vu?
Lockdown is back again – this time ostensibly for just one month. Time alone will tell if this proves to be true.
When the UK first entered lockdown part 1 back in March, most of the country was fully onboard with the plan. We all realised (partly because that’s what we were being told) that COVID-19 was a potentially lethal and easily transmittable disease – so we all played along and did as we were told.
We cheered the NHS every Thursday and applauded centenarians who put on their walking shoes to raise funds for the health service charity. We seemed united as a country.
Somehow it doesn’t feel like that this time…
It’s apparent that whilst most of us have played by the rules, many haven’t – in particular the so called ‘ruling classes’, who seem to have carried on doing exactly what they want. MPs vote for pay rises for themselves and enjoy subsidised food and booze, whilst children are denied access to free school meals. Billions of pounds have gone to private companies in return for…well, in return in many cases – for absolutely nothing!
These kinds of revelations have, quite rightly, made us normal folk “a bit cross”…British understatement at it’s best there. Many are also living in fear; fear of catching COVID-19; fear of passing it on; fear of losing a job; fear of not being able to make mortgage or rent payments…the list is endless.
Anger and fear are such negative emotions, and living with them on an ongoing basis, as so many have been doing since March, is seriously detrimental to health. Not just mental health but physical too as your mental state can and does impact on your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to any virus – not just COVID-19.
The social isolation wrought by lockdown has been especially hard on those people who live alone – particularly the elderly. Denied access to human interaction – hugs, kisses…even just being in the same room as another person; many older people have struggled to cope. SCCCC has tried to plug the loneliness gap with schemes like our Pen Pal service and regular telephone calls but these are no substitute for face to face visits under our Good Neighbours scheme. Visits we were able to briefly restart before being compelled to shut down that service once more.
So what can we do; what can you do during this difficult time?
Firstly – PLEASE try and stay positive. Lockdown will end eventually. Keep your immune system boosted with healthy home cooked meals; take a vitamin supplement; drink plenty of water (and stay away from the booze – plenty of time to indulge over Christmas!). Get some fresh air if you can – always a bit tricky at this time of the year in the UK but try to anyway…remember “there is no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong sort of clothing”!
Help your neighbours, particularly anyone you know to be vulnerable or living alone, by checking up on them – phone them, or converse through the window. Offer to run errands, pick up prescriptions, do their shopping etc.
While the whole world seems to be going mad, it’s more important than ever that we concentrate on things closer to home; build up our local communities and support networks. We may not as individuals be able to change the whole world, but we can all make a difference in our own ‘patch’.
Stay safe everyone.