Level four lockdown. Again. And I don’t think it’s getting any easier. Covid fatigue is real at our place! Although we’ve all been here before and should be old hats at lockdown life, it’s still hard – especially as a working parent. I am tired, drained, frustrated; already! Many parents are feeling the same. Energy is super low and as much as we’d like to use this week as an excuse to kick back and relax, we have jobs and schooling to continue with. So, we push on. Baking pinwheel scones and creating delicious dinners? No, all I can muster up is eggs on toast and porridge. For dinner.
That first lockdown of 2020 feels like an age ago. All that TikTok dancing, Zoom parties, after-work drinks via FaceTime and teddies in windows. Is it just me, or has the novelty has worn off? You know that feeling when you take your kids for a walk around the block but you truly feel like a sloth, forcing yourself to put one foot in front of the other, and wishing you could crawl into a ball on the grassy verge and go to sleep? That’s me. All. Day.
The truth is, life is unpredictable. Curve balls come so I’m determined to keep things in perspective and keep my emotions in check. My mantra this time around isn’t ‘survive’ – it’s ‘thrive’. I’m calling for a ‘thrivival’ in our whare! Here’s a few ideas to harness this optimism, while still keeping a grasp on reality!