Coping With Lock Down

Published on 27th April 2020


I know that there will be a myriad of different reactions and feelings towards lock down and probably all in one person!

What is it to you?

An infringement on our civil liberties? 

A blessed relief from the stress of strains of 21st century living?



Lonely and isolating


A battleground over homework/housework and general getting on top of each other? 

An opportunity to get fit/healthy/ get gardening/read/be with the kids

Demotivating so you give up on the diet/any personal goals/exercise/keeping the house clean and tidy/keeping up your own personal appearance

I am guessing that most of us fluctuate between all of the above and I know that the grass will be greener on the other side of anybody's fence right now. So for example, I envy my single friend without children who have been furloughed - she has peace, solitude, time for herself, 80% of her salary...... yet I also know she is bored, lonely and feels trapped in her flat.

So we all have things to get angry and upset about....... and things to be grateful for.

Some of you may know that In 1989 I became lost in the African jungle on my own on the sides of Mount Kenya emerging 5 days later a very different person, having discovered and developed strengths that until then had been untested and a level of resourcefulness and creativity. 

I slept in piles of leaves and drank from a river i was walking through whilst all my food went in my rucksack down a waterfall.

Those five days were life changing, I discovered what I was made of, what is important in life and how connected we are to nature. 

I had kept a small bag with my camera, purse, hairbrush and lipsalve. Every morning and evening I brushed my hair, even though my clothes were in shreds and my skin ingrained with dirt. It was the little things that kept me in touch with my civilised self and kept me going. 

In lock down we need to keep hold of a routine (even when it differs to our usual one), keep in touch with all our friends and family on the phone and through technology and keep some goals and projects on the go.

Many people are choosing to take our anatomy and physiology e-course and this could be the ideal time to study. 

To help you succeed we are extending access to the course to 18 months, provide webinars to support our anatomy and physiology students, have rewritten the requirements for the pathology homework to make things easier and recruited an additional anatomy and physiology support tutor.

Happy studies! 



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