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Lockdown so far…

For me personally I’m doing alright, I think its probably because I’m still working and have worked all the way through this, that has definitely made it easier. I have used my spare time to try a whole new range of hobbies and activities during lockdown from growing a beard to running a half marathon. More on those later…

Let’s start off from the beginning, I remember when I went to Australia in January and my mate turned to me and was like ‘oh my god, 7 people have this thing called Corona in Australia’, which I’ll be honest, I just replied sarcastically with ‘wow mental’. Little did we know what it would turn into. I mean it was a bit like oh this isn’t good when we walked through Singapore airport on our layover on the way home and there were armed guards with heat sensors checking to see if people had a high temperature.

Arriving home early February everything in England was normal, it was still cold, and the traffic was bad. Not much had changed. Moving into March, that’s maybe when England was like yeah, actually, this isn’t great. Working in a supermarket means I saw people panic buying first hand. Can someone please tell me why people panic bought toilet roll? Tins, cereal, toiletries, household items and the previously mentioned toilet roll were all wiped from the shelves. However even at this point, like most people, I didn’t really understand how bad Covid-19 was. I was still living my day to day life, going out with mates and watching Norwich beat Tottenham on penalties (When Tim Krul saved the final penalty my Dad hugged me non ironically, bless him).

When change started to happen, that is when it started to hit me, change is the one thing I really struggle with. It messes up my routine which in turn makes me frustrated angry and anxious. I knew I had to accept the change and still now its sometimes hard to process, but massive change is happening still. I had to create a new routine, new hobbies and new things to enjoy doing in my spare time. My only real hobbies back then were eating out and going to the gym, turns out not good enough hobbies for lockdown.

Running

Luckily I was running once a week before lockdown, so this wasn’t a difficult hobby for me to get into. I always wanted to run a half marathon so that was my goal. I could easily run 5k and 10k, so why not push that and run 21k. Running for me clears my mind, all I really think about is the music that my headphones are playing, I can completely zone out. It’s like a mini reset button where all my troubles disappear. After running a few 14k’s I woke up one day and set out on a run, I got to around 10k and I felt fine and I’ve never felt ‘fine’ at 10k! I knew with the loop I was doing if I added on a few extra bits I would get to 21k, so I said to myself at 10k ‘F**k it’ and my goal then was to complete 21k. I got to around 17k and I honestly thought why am I doing this? But I did it! I completed a half Marathon in 2hours and 10 minutes. I’m going to say this now, I’m proud of that, but the pain my legs were in for the next 2 days, oh my god it was a killer.

Beard

I let my beard grow out for around 3 months, so from late February to early May. I hated it; the itchiness it created was awful and I found myself sometimes eating my moustache. Also, no one warns you about having to dry it after having a shower, you dry your hair your body etc, but I’m not used to drying under my chin, the amount of times I put a top on after a shower only to find I forgot to dry my beard. Lesson learned, beards are not for me.

Rubix Cube

The back story behind the Rubix Cube is that my party trick from when I was a teen until now has been that I can drink a bottle of wine in under 10 seconds with a straw. I feel at 26 this party trick has aged and that it may not impress most people now. This meant there was a gap in the market for me to get a new party trick and I felt that the Rubix Cube was the way to go. Imagine a guy or girl coming up to you at a party and smashing out a cube in minutes, pretty cool right? So it took me around about a day to figure it out, nearly threw it through the window a few times, but I can now officially complete a Rubix Cube in under 4 minutes. Someone has challenged me to drink a bottle of wine then do a Rubix cube, but that’s just silly and I’m obviously way to mature for that…

Blog

I have always been thinking about writing a blog, but never really knew where to start off. I had the first blog on my drafts for about 2 months before posting it as I guess I was scared to post it. Lockdown really gave me the chance to get over myself and just do it. Honestly, the reception the last two blogs have received are mental. I really wasn’t expecting this. Thank you.

Those are some of the key things I have achieved during lockdown, overall I have tried my hardest to stay positive and for the most part I’ve been ok. I’ve binged watched a lot of TV and played a lot of FIFA to the point where I have won the Premier League and Champions League with Norwich.

Amongst all of this, like I said, I’ve been working all throughout. Work at times has been tough, working as key worker in general is tough for anyone. Thank you to everyone around the world who is doing their bit in this pandemic. We will get through this. The world may never go back to normal, but anyway what the hell is normal?

My mental health has really had its ups and downs during lockdown, at times I’ve been so scared of it all I’ve been in tears. For anyone reading this, its okay to not be okay, talk about it, don’t keep your suffering inside find someone close to you ring them, tell them your problems. Don’t worry if you feel like a burden because a problem shared is a problem halved. Everyone in this world plays a role to keep each other safe and staying safe is so important right now.

6 replies on “Lockdown so far…”

Nice one Harry – I really like this piece!

Such a good read where your not only cover the current situation of the world, and your own personal situation, but keep a positive outlook on it all!

It seems you are keeping yourself busy which is always good, but perhaps the biggest achievement is lifting the Champions League with Norwich (Daniel Farke watch out)…

Keep up the good work mate, and stay safe. Looking forward to reading more of your pieces 🙂

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In Seattle, baby wipes are even out of stock. STILL! It’s crazy. I don’t get it. Panic mentality.

Great job on your running, I always admire those who can run long distances. It’s not easy.

Try peppermint oil for the beard if you try again. Helps the itching. 🙂

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