Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus lockdown

Well 2020 has not been the year we had planned, I don’t think anyone expected weeks of the country and along with the rest of the world being on lockdown. Our year started well with a trip to Finland which was amazing, then 4 weeks later Covid-19 started its trip around the world putting plans on hold for everyone. For some people they are home along struggling to be alone or home schooling children and just generally not

Staying connected

There are so many ways to stay connected, video calls using zoom or house party. Facetime, which is my go too, I have used it a lot to stay in contact with family and friends more over the last few weeks than ever before. Sometimes it’s just sending that little text to to see how someone is doing or just so they know you are thinking about them. It’s those little things that let people you care even during the strangest of times.

Get ready for the day

I found that during the first couple of weeks of lockdown I was wearing comfy clothes and some days I didn’t even get myself or the children dressed. Before long I was feeling a bit meh, it was then I started to make an effort to straighten my hair pop on some make up and add a splash of lip colour and some jewellery. It made me feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong it’s 10am I’m writing this while still in my pj’s but thats ok. I will get dresses and enjoy the day.

Keep healthy

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus

Exercise is great not just for psychical but also for mental health, so heading out each day for a walk with the children and the dogs has been great for all of us. Now I’m not someone who regularly goes to the gym so it hasn’t been something that I have missed, but I can understand that those who use the gym daily will be getting adventurous with new home work outs. There are lots of online workouts you can can choose from.

Keeping our bodies healthy is something we all want, however you really don’t know what is happening unless you get health check-ups. It’s so important for our personal health that you get checks. It could be bloody pressure, allergy checks, STD checks, eye sights or even routine bloods, these are all ways you can make sure your keeping healthy. Also it helps to know what is going on so you can make any necessary changes.

Stay positive

Staying positive during these times isn’t easy for anyone. We all miss our family and friends. When I face-time my 2 year old niece she asks to come to my house to see us and not on the phone, it breaks my heart. Not seeing her for 3 months now means I have missed out so much on watching her grow. However, we all know that making these sacrifices in the short term will be beneficial in the long term. I cannot wait to see our family again, fingers crossed it wont be for too much longer.

gardening for mental health

We have like so many other people been working on our garden, which has been something the whole family has been involved with. We decided to cancel our holiday to France so we have used the money on the garden, we are so pleased to be able to time and money on the garden this year.

I hope that you have been able to stay positive throughout this whole Coronavirus and be able to enjoy having the children at home and spending time as a family unit. Fingers crossed it won’t be to long before some more of the restrictions are removed and we can start to see some family and friends.

The Coronavirus and my family

I have just sat and watched the BBC news, seeing Captain Tom Moore completing his 100th lap of his garden to raise money for the NHS. In doing this he has raised over 12 millions pound, what a man. It made me think that there is good to come from the difficulties that are happening around the world right now and also that I haven’t written about it on the blog.

The Coronavirus is effecting the world right now and my family like everyone else is suffering. My Hubby is a key worker so is still going out to work to do his bit to keep our country running. As soon as he gets home from work he showers before any cuddles or kisses, which effects our six year old the most, she is a real Daddies girl. We cannot see friends and family, but that’s ok because by staying home is keeping them, us and everyone around us safe until we can see them again. I cannot wait to be sat in my Hubby’s Aunty and Uncles garden enjoying sipping champagne with them both.

rainbow after the storm

We have friends who are currently self isolating because their little girl has got a cough and high temperature, they live in our village and their families are miles away. So we have been helping ensure they have food and rum (apparently its an essential in their house) along with picking up prescriptions for them. Leaving it on the door step and letting them know its there. We are more than happy to help.

We also live miles around from our direct family, however my Hubby’s Aunty and Uncle live in our village, so each time we have been shopping we have been making sure they have everything they need. Even though they are able to go out, if it saves them one trip to the local shop or the super market then we want to help.

Our Coronavirus world right now

coronavirus and my family

I have been seeing lots of posts on Facebook about what is happening in England right now, so I thought I would share it on here.

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation at 8pm on Sunday 5th April. Shortly after this the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital himself with Covid-19. The Prime Minster was put into intensive care and came home from hospital on Sunday 12th, Easter Sunday.

The PM had previously implemented a lockdown across the country on the evening of Monday 23rd of March 2020.

Excel in London is now known as the NHS Nightingale and will be a hospital for up to 4,000 patients, most of whom are on ventilators suffering from Coronavirus (Covid-19). Opened by Prince Charles at 11am Friday 3rd April. Similar venues are being set up in cities across the country, in Manchester and Birmingham.

Every house got a letter from the Prime Minister to explain the importance of staying at home to protect the NHS.

Rainbows began popping up in windows on homes and shops all over the country, to show that there will be rainbows after the storm.

Community support groups established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure, in their community.

From Thursday 26th March at 8pm and every Thursday night thereafter, people stood united on their doorsteps, balconies and open windows and applauded and cheered for all the amazingly brave NHS staff who so courageously and selflessly battled on to try and save as many lives as possible. Our local retained fire brigade got involved and travelling round the village with lights on as a mark of respect.

Petrol price close to home was £1.08 per litre for diesel, the cheapest its been in over a decade.

Schools closed on Friday 20 March, potentially for the remainder of the school year. Parents were home schooling and teachers were doing remote learning using apps like Seesaw and work that schools have sent home. Schools remained open for key workers children.

Social distancing measures required a minimum of 2 meters is required everywhere you go.

Tape on the floors of shops to help distance shoppers from each other.

Our local co-op is only allowing 2 people in to shop at any one time. Limited number of people were allowed inside stores, queuing outside the store doors, still 2 meters apart

Non-essential stores and businesses mandated to close, clothes shops, restaurants, pubs.

People are shopping locally, using the butchers and bakers, small local shops and business. We have been buying as much as we can from local shops. The small gardens centres are offering delivery so we have been able to buy plants to keep us busy but also to ensure they are able to continue to trade. I really hope this continues when everything returns to ‘normal’ but I feel like it might be a new normal.

People who can are instructed to work from home.

The Government paid 80% of wages to all employees across the country who were furloughed due to Covid-19 and set up grants for many self employed people. Mortgage companies offered a payment holidays to those who are effected without it causes damage to credit ratings.

Every airline grounded either all or at least 85% of its fleet. All crew were grounded and some used their skills to work for the NHS in Nightingale Hospital, the Ambiance Service, 111 telephone handlers or community support.

Most of BA’s planes were parked at Bournemouth Airport in a long row. A sight not seen since WWII.

Air pollution improved. Rivers cleaned up. City & traffic emissions reduced. Animals are seen in towns and villages across the world, dolphins and fish are returning to rivers. Venice canals are running clear, with fish being seen there for the first time in years. Our world is recovering from years of pollution while everyone is on lock down.

Parks, trails, entire cities closed or restricted to locals who can get there by foot. Not permitted to drive anywhere to exercise. Allowing one form of exercise per day.

Entire sports seasons cancelled. No Wimbledon, no end to the Premiership, no Boat Race, no London Marathon. A virtual Grand National was held on 4th April 2020.

Olympics postponed to 2021.

Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events all cancelled.

Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings all cancelled or reduced to only those in your house hold. Funerals are limiting the number of people who can attend.

Families got creative and found entertaining ways of passing time by doing Tik-Tok videos or going Live on Facebook.

Singers and bands played live sets on their driveways or on their balconies for all to hear, lots of celebrities are singing together streaming live.

Households that can’t see their friends and loved ones come together across the country by using Zoom or House Party to play games or host pub quiz nights.

No masses, churches are closed. Many places of worship are going live on social media.

No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, then 10 or more. Now, Don’t socialise with anyone outside of your home.

Children’s outdoor play parks are closed.

Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.

Stay safe and stay home

Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill in many parts of the world. Formula 1 racing teams and Virgin Galactic designed and produced ventilators in the space of a week.

Panic buying sets in and we have limits on toilet paper, disinfecting supplies, paper towels, staple foods, hand sanitiser.

Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitiser and PPE. Lots of people wth 3D printers have been producing masks for care home workers and the NHS.

Fines are being issued by the police for breaking lockdown rules.

Stadiums and recreation facilities overseas open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients and Public Park areas turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate.

Press conferences daily from the PM and other government officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.

People wearing masks and gloves outside.

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.

Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families, with some staying in hotels offered for NHS workers to stay in so they stay away from their families.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, WHO declared March 11th, 2020.

We continue to stay at home to protect our NHS and front line key workers, so they can keep our country running as safe.

Having my Hubby go to work and possibly needing to deal with people who have Covid-19 or who are carrying, makes me worried about who he is bringing home. We are doing everything we can to minimise our exposure and risk, not just for us but for everyone else.

We are happy, we are healthy, we have food in the house and a wage, we are lucky to be in this position, so many are not.

We have so much we need to appreciate that we take for granted.

Be thankful. Be grateful.

Be kind to each other, love one another, support everyone.

These Tiny Changes Will Make Your Home Greener

If you are concerned about how much money you are spending on your energy bills, then you have come to the right place. It’s now easier than ever for you to make your home more energy-efficient and if you follow these tips then you will see a difference in no time at all.

Make Your Home Greener

Choose LED Bulbs

It’s very tempting to opt for cheap bulbs when the ones in your home blow, but you need to know that these are probably adding to your energy bills far more than you realise. If you make the decision to swap the ones that you have for LED bulbs on the other hand, then you will soon find that they last longer and that they are also way cheaper to run. Each LED bulb you install can last for over 13 years so if you work out the cost of replacing your standard bulbs every year, you will soon find that they actually end up paying for themselves.

Use Rags

Another thing that you can do is try and use rags, and not paper towels for cleaning up. Paper towels are not good for the environment and you may even find that they cost you a small fortune as well. If you want to put an end to this then invest in some good quality rags that can be washed with ease.

Clean your Fridge Coils

Get a long, thin brush and give your fridge coils a good clean. When you do this, you can then give the coils a good scrub. This will help you to use less energy when powering your fridge and you may even find that your food stays colder as a result.

Get a Rainwater Tank

If you are using water from your tap to clean your car or to even water your plants, then you may find that you are wasting quite a lot. One way for you to get around this would be for you to try and invest in a rainwater tank. When you do, you will find that you can easily use the water that you have collected for all of those odd jobs. A rainwater tank pump can come in very handy here, so make sure that you look into one of those if you can.

Shop Vintage

Believe it or not, it’s not very good for the environment to buy brand-new furniture all the time. Every time you buy a solid oak table, you are contributing to the amount of trees that are being cut down and this is the last thing that you want to do. Even if you don’t buy wooden furniture, you are still contributing to the amount of pollution that is being released into the environment. If you want to get around this then you need to try and shop vintage. When you do, you will be able to reuse furniture that people have thrown away and this is a great way for you to do your part for the environment.