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Lockdown self-improvement stress

Is anyone else tired of lockdown being a short version of New Years Resolutions? Since being in lockdown for a month, I have learned a lot about being part of a virtual team, combatting phishing scams more effectively, managing my time, using different systems to check in and update and so far so good. The […]

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Is anyone else tired of lockdown being a short version of New Years Resolutions?

Since being in lockdown for a month, I have learned a lot about being part of a virtual team, combatting phishing scams more effectively, managing my time, using different systems to check in and update and so far so good.

The one thing I am finding frustrating is the focus on lockdown self improvement.

Are other readers struggling with the constant comments, from well meaning people such as:

“Mandi, you have been in lockdown for a month and haven’t learned to code?”

“Mandi, you have been in lockdown for a month and haven’t learned a second language yet”

Mandi, you have been in lockdown for a month and still can’t make a souffle, you haven’t lost weight, repainted your house, decluttered your house, created a capsule wardrobe (no not day and night pyjamas) wrote a book ……”

Sometimes it feels like a groundhog day version of New Year’s Eve, where you set up resolutions like this year I will save money and lose weight, but on day 1 when you sign the gym contract and the monthly fee comes off your bank account, you have automatically failed resolution number 2 to save money.

Or you decide to eat healthy and in January coffee is good and eggs are bad, in Feb coffee is bad again and moringa is the new superfood, but March, it has changed again and you are so confused by the 20 new diets that came out, that you go back to your original eating habits of eating what you like as its too much work.

I don’t know what the end of lockdown holds, but I will be the same person I was when it started, slightly disorganised, maybe a better gardener and cook, definitely a bit rounder after failing social distancing from my fridge, but definitely more grateful and kinder.

Wishing you a safe lockdown for you and your family.

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