Monday, May 4, 2020, Day 50, Week 8, Month 2 of Self Isolation.

The Numbers

288 new deaths bringing the total to 28,734.

The News

The have announced the pilot of an official contact tracing app in underway on the Isle of Wight. All part of the build up to the track and trace strategy that will make up part of the next phase of the “War on Covid”.

However, John Van Tam said during his briefing that the rate of new infections is still to high to consider ending the lockdown. The PM is going to update us in this respect on Sunday

The New Way of Life

Still haven’t got my mojo back. Can’t really comment on other people’s moods in case they read this, but I suspect I am not alone. Indeed. a few friends have confessed to feeling a bit down over the past couple of days.

I’m even finding it hard to motivate myself to write this blog.

I read an article in The Huffington Post about the reasons for our fluctuating emotions during the crisis and some tips for how to keep going when you feel down. They describe “dip days” as days when it all gets too much. Our longing for normality overwhelming us and causing sadness, loneliness, anger, boredom, fatigue, lack of motivation and anxiety and depression.

I can confirm that I have experienced all of these emotions and this journal is a testament to that.

Apparently, we have all experienced a significant and unexpected shock and, now that the initial shock and novelty of the whole thing has passed, we are having to knuckle down and get on with it and it is completely normal to have good days and bad days.

Oh well, at least I’m normal.

Its been hard to motivate myself these last two days, but I baked a Turkish Yoghurt Cake, we went on another long walk and we had a quiz in the evening with one of M’s coaching friends. I cooked Bajan spiced salmon with Rice n’ Peas and Avocado Salad for dinner.

I’ve been trying to write my homework for the next writers group meeting on the 15th, but I just can’t seem to get going on it!



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