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Life in Lockdown – an article by a charity supporter Poppy Rushin

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I wonder what we would have been doing if the pandemic hadn’t hit us?

Leicester has been in lockdown since March 2020.

Nearly. A. Whole. Year.

I miss lots of things, and every day I ask when Covid will be gone. I’ve decided it will be over in September. That gives me something to focus on.

Hopefully that will be when we’ll be able to go out for a meal, go shopping and do lots more things.

The first thing I want to do is go to the theatre and watch a show. I love going to the theatre. The first time I went it was dark and I was so scared but the staff showed me round with a light and I wore my ear defenders so I wasn’t afraid of the noise.

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Until then, here are some of the things that are helping me to cope at the moment. I thought you might find them useful, too.

Keep to a routine. Even if it’s a different routine to what you’d normally do, do it every day and you’ll start to get used to it.

Carry on doing the lessons you can on zoom. I didn’t like it the first few times I used it, but now I’ve got used to it and I love seeing my friends.

Take advantage of as many new online lessons as you can. There are loads out there and a lot of them are free. I’m doing my lessons of dance, music and playing the piano on them and trying some new ones..

Learn something new! I joined a theatre class on zoom last week and I’m having a go at learning to play the drums.

The other week I had lessons on puppet making and they sent everything I needed through the post.

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Express your feelings. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes. Let other people know how you’re feeling.

Treat yourself. It was my birthday this week and I got some false nails and new clothes and I loved trying them on.

Try to learn to relax. I always have a bath at the end of the day, this always helps me to wind down if I’m feeling a bit stressed.

Take the opportunity to spend more time with family and find more time to talk and laugh with each other.

Go for lots of walks. We make sure we go for a walk every day, even if it is icy cold at the moment!
My Instagram is: @poppyjosjourney

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