9 thoughts on the last few days | Lockdown life, April 2020

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Hey everyone!

It’s just gone midnight here in beautiful Sydney. Usually (pre-covid) I’d be in bed by now, ready to get up early and smash a workout before a busy day ahead.

But alas, covid-19 continues, my sleeping pattern is all over the shop and here we are.

9 thoughts on the last few days:

  1. People are literally eating their way through this. Pretty much everyone I speak to is doing some kind of comfort eating at the mo. I know I have been! I have now (purposely) decided to cut back eating chocolate to once a week only.When a ‘treat’ becomes a ‘regular thing’ that’s not good! I can’t let sugar highs take over me…. I’ve decided to meet myself in the middle (see what I did there?) – and buy some hot chocolate, so I can have a little drink before bed. Cute and less calories. Winning. 
  2. Kiss goodbye to normal sleeping patterns. I’ve been awake until around 2am over the last week. I do a full days work (at least 8 hours) online during the day. I then feel a strong urge to write into the darkness. I’m finding when I do sleep I wake up startled and feel unsettled. My eyes also seem to be shrinking into puffiness. Lol.I have always been a great sleeper. In the words of Kim Kardashian who claims to be a ‘perfect sleeper’, I’m usually pretty sorted in the catching-Z’s department. Well, not anymore!Now I’m napping after work in the week days and napping whenever I feel like it on weekends too. One night last week I went ‘for a nap’ at 6pm and didn’t wake up until the morning for work … not ideal but whatever my body tells me; I am listening to it more than ever.I’m going to start writing a bit earlier, to hopefully be in bed by midnight as feel that’s more liveable for the 90 haul. Let’s see how this week goes!
  3. If it’s not visually appealing I don’t want it in my face. Please god no more home workout videos. Everyone became a personal trainer overnight and it’s not for me … If it’s not Robbie Williams, The Rock of Friends related – I don’t have any free scrolling time left!
  4. Mute / Unfollow for the win. If people (or brands) post things I don’t want to see; I mute or unfollow them on the spot. Connecting online with individuals and companies you actually care about makes all the difference to what content you are feeding your mind with.
  5. Making plans for the future lifts my soul. Right now we have to be patient but looking ahead together gives reassurance of days to come. I am having daily conversations with loved ones about what’s next for us after this is over. Of course, our plans may differ slightly depending on how this plays out but the main theme will remain the same: we’ll be reunited.
  6. Nature looks calm. I don’t know if you are noticing this too but nature feels calm. There is no denying that Bondi looks healthier without crowds running all over it and carving up the surf. Dolphins were frolicking in the water off Bronte today, it was such a special sight to see. A moment of brilliance (under the heavy feeling of covid) that literally follows us all everywhere right now.
  7. Tiger King on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet – check it out. It is one of the most bizarre shows I have ever seen! Everybody is talking about it for a reason, you gotta see it for yourself!
  8. Thinking of home. While I wouldn’t say I am ‘missing’ home, as I’m not sure that’s the right description. I will say that it is definitely where I want to be right now. It’s an odd feeling. I just feel like home is where everybody should be.Of course I am not there and I won’t be during this time. I’m riding it out best I can from 17,000 miles away. Speaking from experience on the other side of coin (#world) – if you are home and near your family you are in the right place.
  9. Lost in the moment. Today I really felt like at ease for a little while. I met a friend and we chatted and walked (at distance). We messed around talking work, men, festivals and lots of light topics in-between. It felt good to relax for a minute there.

I phoned my friend Jaime today – she is a nurse in North Sydney (a little drive away from me, she lives on the other side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge). I wasn’t sure if she would answer and was so surprised to see her pick up while in her office at the hospital!

It broke my heart a little bit to see my friend in the middle of a frontline shift. She is dealing directly with people affected by covid-19. Properly in the thick of it all. Jaime and I have been through a lot since we met during my first visit to Sydney in 2014 – but nothing tops this, that’s for sure!

I am so proud of what she is doing right now. She was chipper and said she loved helping people. What an amazing outlook. Jaime mate; soon as we can – we’ll be catching up for some tea, scones and hugs!

Wherever you are right now, whatever you are going through. I wish you all the best for a positive week ahead. Do whatever you can (no matter how big or small) to help you lift you.

Thanks for reading
@LaraLain

Read more below:

* Inspiration
* Relatable
* Locked down in Bondi – the covid-19 diaries
* Tips for better days 

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