Lockdown diary day 3: Everything will get better

hope rainbow

Now is the time to do some reflecting and using my time wisely. And how am I doing that? I’m curbing my craving for snacks by scrolling through snack accounts on instagram. How ‘bout you? 

What day is it?

This morning I woke up at 6am on the dot today. My alarm was set for 7:30am.

Why must I be wide awake at 6am on a day I don’t need to travel to work? Yet I struggle to get up on time on a school day. But I have absolutely no problem unnecessarily waking up at 6am on other days when I don’t need to be up early. Typical.

At least I got dressed today by 9am ready to start the day with a large cup of tea!

Truth be told, I haven’t been sleeping well for the past couple of weeks. I cope throughout the day by being in autopilot mode. I don’t know how I do it. Coffee helps.

Hand creams

The time has come. To talk about. Hand creams. Frickin’ hand creams. Those little things in gift sets that no one gives a flying toss about has now suddenly become a household essential. Who knew?! I’ve accumulated a few in my time and only now am I starting to give hand creams the appreciation it deserves.

Oh, magic lotion! Please transform these dry ass prune hooves in to youthful looking, soft hands. At the moment, mine resembles a spanner from a builders tool kit. I could turn a nut with my bare hands without feeling a damn thing. Minds out of the gutter.

best hand creams

I always have a tube in my hand bag and on my work desk which I probably use about twice a day. The frequency now has quadrupled due to excessive hand-washing.

My faves at the moment are Soap & Glory Hand Food (affordable) and Diptyque Hand balm (luxury). The Diptyque balm smells like cherry bakewell.

Everything will get better

Does anyone else think that this crisis will change us all (if it hasn’t already) like how 9/11 changed the world, in the sense that we are all going to be doing things so differently after this is over? The 2003 SARS epidemic changed Hong Kong. Since they have experience on how to deal with a health crisis, it means that they have been learned how to handle COVID-19 more effectively than the rest of the world. The statistics of cases and death toll demonstrates this.

I miss Hong Kong but I’ll save that for another day.

I know myself that the last 4 weeks has changed me. I have health anxiety so perhaps I’m probably overthinking it more than the average person. Better to be safe than sorry.

I will forever be obsessed with washing my hands (happy birthday, happy birthday!), I will remain at social distancing (gladly!), and if my friends ask to meet them, I “should say no” (music to every introverts ears).

This will have a lasting effect on all of us. And if you didn’t health anxiety before, you probably do now.

But as my little gem of a niece reminds me with a beautifully painted rainbow that there’s hope, that everything will get better.

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