Thoughts from Lockdown

03 April 2020

Lockdown Week 1

This past week has been a big adjustment from the way we were living our lives last month. Some aspects have been challenging, and it has given us an appreciation of the good things we are lucky to have.  It has been excellent to see how the community has been pulling together, and to find positives in this time, but no one is alone if they are finding this time hard and worrying. We’re all just doing our best!

The OSA team have collected a few thoughts on what's gone well, has been tricky and what's getting us through the first week of Guernsey’s lockdown.

 

Angela

The Good:

OSA team spirit is shining! We are tight knit, with excellent communication and a strong bond. And we are on fire in a crisis!

The Difficult:

Learning to structure the working week and separate work time from personal time.

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

My garden birds who are oblivious to any global crisis and are as happy as larry. Having time to sit and watch them is a joy, and a new friend arrived yesterday – a beautiful little greenfinch who swung wildly on the feeder in the wind.

An hour in the garden a day, weeding and watching the buds coming up – again with no care in the world except that Spring is coming.

 

Lisa

The Good:

One of the best things about working from home in lockdown with the schools and nurseries closed is having the children around more and especially not having to get them back upstairs at 7am for the mad school/playschool rush! Secondly, the technology that we have, and the systems that OSA has put in place, has allowed homeworking to run like clockwork.

The Difficult:

One of the hardest things is also having the children around, a 3 and 5 year old can be very distracting!  Also getting used to going from having two screens to one is tricky when checking CVs!

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Having our daily team meetings makes me feel very connected to the team. Having my husband around, he's doing a superb job of looking the children / home schooling them while I am busy working.

  

Belinda

The Good:

Seeing how tight knit our OSA team is and how we all adapted so quickly, encouraging each other and keeping in touch.

The Difficult:

Keeping the morale of an 18 and 20 year old up, such a big change for them, cancellation of Uni and A levels/school. No socialising. Big worry for parents seeing them worried.

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Run 5km before work, free like a bird and then sticking to a routine, working, cooking nice meals and keep the house a warm and friendly place to be for all working and living in it.

 

Sophie

The Good:

Although the world seems so different to the one that I have known, I am enjoying the family time that the lockdown has offered – evening meals together and daily walks. 

The Difficult:

For me it is the time and how long we may need to stay in lockdown.  Fully appreciative that it is the right thing to do but hard to explain to the children that it is going to still be quite a while before they are able to see family and friends again.  Even my son is saying how much school entertains you and how much fun you have there!

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Thank goodness for technology!  Daily Teams meeting with my work friends, then playing games via Zoom with family and drinks with my girlfriends via Zoom!  Also and probably most importantly the community feel that a crisis brings together.  We are so lucky to have Gavin, Nicola and Heidi looking after us and for once everyone is supporting SoG.  The list of community initiatives that Guernsey Chamber of Commerce has written, “Together we are Stronger” just shows we are there for each other during a time of crisis. 

 

Rachael

The Good:

Still feeling like part of a team even when we are apart - the Teams meetings are so great! I am listening to audiobooks while I work which has been really lovely and getting to have lunch with family in the day is a treat. Our dogs seem very happy about the extra attention they have been getting with 6 people in the house all day rather than 1.

The Difficult:

The constant news cycle has been very overwhelming, and not being able to know if our wedding will go ahead and missing the comradery of the office.

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Having friends and family come together through Facetime or over a boardgame and really appreciate spending time together, my little plants that are growing no matter what and my stash of crafting materials that are keeping me entertained.

 

Alice

The Good:

We have regular contact with the team which sets us up for the day and gives us a boost - as well as the feeling of community spirit felt across the island.

The Difficult:

Juggling schooling and work, adjusting to a new routine and the lack of freedom to exercise and shop whenever. Missing the view from our office and the 'treat' shelf with lots of yummy bakes!

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Keeping in touch with friends and family more regularly using new apps. Dusting of my bike to go cycling with the children, doing a jigsaw puzzle for the first time in years!

 

Annie

The Good:

Ensuring that I make time to get outside for a walk in the sunshine during my 2 hours of exercise, and remembering how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.

The Difficult:

Adapting to a new routine where you have relatively little control.  I also think that on some level this is probably a positive for me.

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Seeing the community unite and feeling like we are in good hands.

  

Esther

The Good:

Being at home, slowing down and evaluating things, still being able to be a team and communicate via Teams.

The Difficult:

Different routine, trying to stay motivated. 

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Doing housework and all the sorting I have been putting off, watching movies, colouring and jigsaw puzzles.

 

Mike

The Good:

Managing to secure a couple of placements while on lockdown. Arranging video-based final interviews and talking with candidates and clients to work through the logistics of completing pre-screening and onboarding new staff members whilst we are all working from home.

The Difficult:

Spending so much time at home, desperately trying to avoid eating the contents of my, now very well-stocked, cupboards and fridge!

What is making you happy and helping you cope?

Limiting the amount of time I spend listening to COVID-19 related media coverage and making sure that when I do the coverage is from a reliable source. I recommend BBC 5 Live.