So it's been nearly a year that we've all been under the Covid restrictions, how has it affected you?
1. For me, and for most of us I suspect, the biggest thing has been not being able to see friends and family. February 2020 was when I last saw my sister and younger brother, January 2020 when I saw my nieces, nephews and cousins at Mum's funeral. Elder brother I saw once during the brief relaxation of rules late last summer. Friends who live nearby I've only seen a handful of times, and then mostly at a distance. Of course we keep in contact via phones and internet, but it's not the same, as we all know.
2. Hugs!! I'm a very huggy person, and OMG do I miss it. I think when restrictions are lifted and we can have physical contact with our loved ones again, I won't let go for hours 😂
3. I miss being able to just go for an unplanned, spontaneous day out on a nice day. On the couple of occasions in recent weeks when we simply had to get out of the house and went to the beach, or the nature reserve, it seemed everyone else had the same idea and so they were too busy for my liking.
4. Garden centres....I love them and really miss going. I know they're open for business, but our nearest one is 15 miles away, so it's not really allowed. And coffee shops, we did like going for coffee and cake when we were out.
5. Food shopping, I hate it with a passion now. I've mostly given up with home deliveries, it's the missed off items, or unsuitable substitutions, or poor quality of fresh veg & fruit chosen I don't like. I have no objection to wearing a mask in the shop, but some people just don't adhere to social distancing and reach over you to grab things off shelves, or get too close in the queue....I feel constantly on edge and can't wait to get out.
6. Everything seems to be about Covid, it's like it's taken over everyone's lives (I suppose it has) and sometimes it feels like there's no other topic of conversation, or news. I know things aren't going to go back to what was normal pre-Covid, but a more 'normal' way of life with more freedom can't come soon enough, as far as I'm concerned. I've felt like a caged animal sometimes and it's affected my mental health a lot.
We are extremely fortunate that we haven't had Covid ourselves (I didn't fancy our chances of survival much if we did get it, with our underlying health conditions).....several of our family members have had it, mostly not too seriously, except for my cousin's husband and my husband's brother in law who were both quite ill but luckily recovered. I am glad my mother died just before Covid started, she wouldn't have survived in any case if she did get it, but as she was very poorly indeed in hospital for the last few weeks of her life, she wouldn't have been able to have any visitors due to Covid restrictions and she would have absolutely hated that.
Each day now I wake up (I'm thankful that I do wake up!) and think well it's one day closer to being able to start seeing people and doing things again....to get back on track.