Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Isolation Issue

What have you enjoyed about mandatory COVID-19 isolation?

Getting ready for my Mothers Day virtual cuppa with my bestie
I am in the process of releasing the Isolation Issue of Cheer Kids Magazine. Within that issue we have interviewed cheerleaders about what they're doing to stay occupied during quarantine, what they're missing right now and what they've enjoyed about mandatory isolation.

The reoccurring theme is they miss their friends and their sport, but they are enjoying spending time with family.



Given these interviews range from an 8 year old to 30+ it suggests to me they represent a pretty decent cross section.  I too miss my social interactions, my sidelines involvement in sport and I too am enjoying spending time with family.

The things I'm enjoying about mandatory isolation:

  • Appreciating the expanse and beauty of our new home
  • Getting outside and walking around the neighbourhood
  • Having time to literally stop and "smell the roses"
  • Being at one with my family for real instead of via text messages, phone calls and tracking on Lifestyle 360
  • Having free weekends without a single commitment 
  • Being home of an evening to cook together, watch TV together and talk
  • Recognising that apps like Zoom and Messenger Rooms are here to stay, so nurturing the new mindset of the virtual cuppa or an open invitation to attend virtual drinks at wine o'clock with friends who live across the globe
  • Getting the washing, cooking and housework done each day while earning a full time wage
  • Wearing elastic pants and slippers 
  • Regular face masks, leave in hair treatments and sitting at my desk wearing plastic foot wraps filled with heel balm
  • Appreciating the beauty and delights found in the little things


As restrictions start to ease and some sense of normality is slowing starting to emerge, I'm wondering, just like the kids we've interviewed for Cheer Kids Magazine.... 

What have you enjoyed about mandatory isolation?

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25 comments :

  1. I don't work many hours but work from home anyway and I live out of town and only go in once or twice a week so life doesn't actually look very different to me at all!

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    1. There are more people than we realise where this all looks "normal" to them :)

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  2. I've enjoyed having my teen children at home during this time and interacting with them more.

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  3. I've enjoyed having an open calendar with no commitment and that frees up time to try something new.

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    1. As much as I enjoy my usually busy lifestyle, the BLANK weekends are going down a treat right now.

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  4. I'm really enjoying the slower pace of life and that I've learned the skill of 'making do' with what I have.

    SSG xxx

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    1. That's a good one. Making do with what you have. Yes, I guess I'm learning that new skill too.

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  5. Ha! I can identify with you enjoying elastic pants and slippers. For a few days back in March, when it was cold and windy here, I went from pajamas to running clothes back to pajamas again! I do get dressed every day now.

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    1. LOL. I have got out of my PJs. I have to for all the work video calls. But I will admit that the slippers are my go to for footwear

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  6. I need me some of those foot/heel balm wraps!! I miss catch up brekky's, brunches and lunches with friends and going to Pilates mostly. Also jumping in my car whenever I want to go do whatever I need without thinking about whether I can and/or if it's safe. Having said that - I'm enjoying not having to go out much, a slower pace of life, getting stuff done at home, having my daughter home, and the extra bodies at home to help with settling in two new kittens. I'm a homebody so I'm doing ok with it all really .... apart from sometimes needing a bit more personal space. All is ok .. so long as Rona stays away and Australia keeps going in the right direction with that curve.

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    1. I think I got the foot wraps from either Kmart or Sephora. They are a "foot mask" and then I kept the little plastic "socks" to reuse with my standard heel balm. Very nifty. They are roughly the shape of a foot and they wrap around the ankle and stick. I'll reuse them as many times as a I can then go and buy more! It's the gift that just keeps on giving

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  7. I'm enjoying the slower pace. And, while I'm missing being able to go out for dinner or sit in a cafe to write, I'm certainly not regretting the savings.

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    1. We are spending as much on eating "out" as we want to support our local restaurants so we order in once a week. The cost is the same as eating out. But we are saving a shite load in petrol and parking expenses right now

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  8. Life hasn't changed much for me - but I like that everything has stopped and I intend to be more intentional about what I take back up again once this is over. I've also missed my kids and grandgirls so I'm very excited the intra-state zones are being lifted next week and we have a visit booked in and ready to go.

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  9. Hi Leanne, I tried leaving a comment earlier but wasn't logged in. I am looking forward to more getting outside the house and to the shops..just to sit for a coffee and people watch and chat to owners is something I missed. I did a lot more cooking and treat making in COVID time and that was a great distraction. But I miss going out and even the doctors became "an event" to look forward to. Looking to the future with people staying healthy and safe and not taking our health for granted. We still need to be aware of risks. Denyse

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    1. Yes, it's interesting how our perceptions have changed and our awareness of germs in general.

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  10. As well as the Covid thing I have been laid up in a moon boot because of an ankle op just before they closed surgeries, but I have enjoyed experimenting and playing with some art that I wouldn't have do so otherwise. Stay safe, enjoy the rest of your week, and thank you again for the link up.

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    1. I saw you were in a moon boot over at your joint. Great time for it! Hope you are healing OK.

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  11. Grrr... I am not really good at this. I have really bad ADD/ADHD and I need the structure and routine of actually going to work everyday. Also, I try to keep busy by going to sporting events, local festivals and such. Looking forward to those things on a weekly basis keep me going. So, it has been hard on me.

    The one thing that has been good is that my son and I are having a better relationship. He is 22 and is stuck with me. It has forced us to focus on our issues and resolve some of our issues.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.

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    1. That's nice re your son. Hopefully life will start to get back to normal soon so you can get your wiggles out back in the real world.

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  12. There has been much to value and take advantage of in this strange period. Speaking from a privileged position of not having had my income ripped away from me, I have to say I've rather enjoyed the quieter pace and doing some catching up.

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    1. I too am coming from the privileged space of being able to work at full income from home which is a relief. Plus my husband's income has increased due to the nature of his work. So yes, we are incredibly lucky to have that AND the slower pace

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