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Surviving and thriving in lockdowns

Surviving and Thriving in Lockdowns

Carseldine resident Tess Kruger gives her take on lockdowns, positivity and discovering new interests

Prior to the lockdowns I would stick to my routine of getting out and about, doing the things that interest me in quite a habitual way. I would go to my drawing classes, body percussion group and book club regularly so I kept very busy.

The lockdowns have stopped me doing these things.

Carseldine resident Tess Kruger gives her take on lockdowns, positivity and discovering new interests

I could have become very depressed about the loss but I’m a practical person and I realised I couldn’t do anything about it so I settled in and accepted the reality of the situation.

Honestly, I have enjoyed the ‘me’ time. I feel I am resilient and up to the challenge. Having a strong faith - it helps me. I believe that things happen for a purpose and that things come to me when I’m ready for them.

Discovering the joy of Youtube

I have always had a fear of technology and don’t particularly like having to deal with it. Over Christmas, however, my family introduced me to the YouTube app on my phone. I enjoyed the clips I started watching but it was very hard on my eyes.

When Xin my lovely Leisure & Lifestyle assistant heard I was interested in watching YouTube clips she kindly helped me access it on the TV in my room. It is something I’m really enjoying. She has been very supportive and I’m sure I can rely on her to help me get even more comfortable in using it.



Staying in ‘the present’

Without being preachy I would recommend that people having to deal with these lockdowns should try to find ways to stay in the present moment as much as they can.

Being accepting of the reality and just ‘being’ in the present is something that improves with practice. And people could try doing things that absorb their mind so they don’t worry about threats and troubles of our time. I believe it’s called being in the ‘zone’ and it very much works for me.