Today’s post is a sort of Self Isolation questionnaire. I was never much into blogs before I started writing my own, but now I read a lot of them. There are lots of good stories and ideas out there. One thing that really interested me, was a blog post titled 40 self isolation journal prompts at the blog Our favourite jar. Ive narrowed it down to 25 question, which I will be providing answers too. To see the full list 40 head over https://ourfavouritejar.com/, that’s where the inspiration for this post came from, there’s lots of other great posts to read as well.
I’ve never kept a journal or diary, but in a way this is my diary. Not every post is about me, what I’ve been doing, or how I’m feeling. But this is the only place I keep record of those things. That’s why I’ve decided to answer the questions here. Feel free to use the questions yourself, i think it’s a worthwhile exercise, which is why I’m doing it. So, on with the questions
Self Isolation Questionnaire
1. How long have you been self isolating now?
We started when Boris Johnson made the announcement. A quick google tells me that was March 23rd, which makes it 37 days as It writing this.
2. Who are you isolating with?
My partner Natalie and our 2 kids Jack and Lily.
3. Are you still working?
No. I actually left work in March, it wasn’t related to Covid-19.
4. How are you feeling today?
I’m feeling pretty good. I did quite a bit of cleaning today, and rewarded myself with a couple of games on Madden 20 on the PS4. It’s the first miserable rainy day I can really recall since this started, so I’ve left the kids playing on their games while I got on with the cleaning.
5. Who do you miss?
Our Sunday routine for as long as I can remember, has been I take Jack & Lily to my parents while Natalie goes to work. We are video calling my parents to keep in touch, but all 3 of us are missing the visits. Especially getting to play with their dog Mack.
6. What keeps you going?
When things start to get on top of me, I try and get a bit of space and listen to some music. Music has always been a very important means of escape for me.
7. What events are you missing out on? How do you feel about it?
Currently we haven’t missed out on anything that was planned. We do have a holiday booked in August, in Devon. We’ve only paid a deposit so far, and they’ve informed us we would get a refund if they are closed due to lockdown, or we could choose to move the holiday to next year. We are keeping the options open for now.
8. How did you exercise today?
Vigorous cleaning was the sum total of my exercise today. Normally it’s been playing sports games in the garden with Lily, and some days going for a walk.
9. Have you had to go shopping?
Natalie has done the main shopping, as she normally does, and she is doing it for her parents as well, who are both in the high risk group. I’ve been to the local shop a couple of times when we’ve ran out of milk.
10. How are you keeping in touch with people?
As I’ve mentioned, video calls to my parents, then I’m on a WhatsApp group with my closest friends. Then using social media to communicate with everyone else.
11. What is on your to-do list today?
I don’t have one.
12. How are you coping emotionally?
I’ve been up and down, but mostly up. I have long term depression, so I was worried how I’d handle this situation. Overall I’m doing ok.
13. How is home schooling going?
Hit and miss. Lily quite likes doing the school work…when she’s in the mood for it. Jack not so much.
14. What would you do right now, if you could do anything?
I would go for a nice walk in the Peak District with the family, followed by a pub lunch.
15. The first thing you will do when we are released?
Not much. I don’t think I will be rushing straight out to be honest.
16. Has this time made you change your mindset?
Not really, it has more reinforced my mindset. The need to slow down and focus on family, which is what led me to leave work. I would have been classed as a key worker, if I’d still been at work, and would have been expected to continue working. I have huge respect and admiration for all the key workers out there, but I’m glad to be at home putting all my efforts into my family at this time.
17. How do you deal with difficult days?
If it’s the kids having a difficult day, just put the extra effort in to make them entertained and happy. Get some games on the go, try and get everyone doing something together.
18. Do you avoid the news?
Yes! Like the plague, and that’s 365 days a year. I figure if anything important is announced, I will hear about it.
19. One thing that made you smile today?
Reading a new book with Lily, it was called the Zoo bet.
20. How are the children dealing with it?
They have been up and down. It’s not been as bad as I might have feared. Jack has delayed processing, so issues might arise later on, but up to now he’s coped fairly well considering his routines disappeared overnight. Lily has started to get bored revelry, and is missing her friends from school a lot.
21. What have you done that you wouldn’t normally have time for?
Stuff with the kids. They are quite demanding, so other jobs I’d like to get on with, aren’t always easy to get too. I have managed some time for it, but of my time is spent entertaining the kids.
22. Have you kept a list of things to do once this is over?
No, it’s perhaps something to do though. I think we will all need some things to look forward too.
23. Do you feel closer to people even with the distance?
Strangely, yes. I guess as most of us don’t have much to do, we are all talking to each other more than normal. Whether that’s phone/video calls or messages.
24. Have your political views altered in any way?
25. What has been your self isolation highlight?
Our kitchen sink got blocked. I’m not known as a DIY handy man, but I managed to take the pipes apart, clear the blockage and put it all back together again. It was a proud moment for me.
That’s it for the self isolation questionnaire. I hope you enjoyed my answers and why not have a go at it yourself?
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