Last week the Welsh woman who runs a book review blog called “Booker Talk” posted some helpful hints for people forced to stay home by the present crisis.
I foolishly commented suggesting that having to stay away from work was similar to being retired. I had forgotten two things about retirement as I experienced it. Firstly, I did indeed experience something akin to cabin fever after the first few months. Secondly, I found opportunities for volunteering in my new local community, as described in this post from August last year.
I should have known better. Just last Monday I found myself in the strange situation of being unable to attend the cancer support centre where I volunteer. Normally in times such as these I would be at the head of the queue offering my help. Instead I find myself in a “vulnerable group” more likley to become the recipient of help rather than being in a position to do it.
As the UK goes into lockdown, I consider myself extremely fortunate that I have a garden that I can get out into and that I live on the edge of a small town in a rural area where I can take a walk and have ample space to keep my distance. I feel desperately sorry for anyone in a city, living in a flat or apartment with little or no outside space of their own and where public outside spaces are over-crowded.
Maybe the ideas in the Booker Talk post will help you. Stay safe and stay well, where ever you are.