Covid Reflections, Part 1*

Aaaah, d’ya remember when I posted that video to my fb page back in March 2020? It was when everyone was panic buying loo rolls, the UK government stated “As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK”, then went into lockdown just a few days later, we all thought we’d be flattening the curve and it would be over in a few weeks. 

[Shout out to my puffy face and eye bags btw. Sheeesh! It’s only since I’ve watched that video again that I’ve noticed them. Might write another blog on how I got rid of them. I think I look younger now 😁]. 

Who knew we were in for such a rough ride back then? In and out of lockdowns, don’t wear a mask, they’re not effective, do wear a mask (because we’ve all bought shares in them), don’t see your loved ones, definitely don’t cuddle them unless you’re covered in cling film, find yourself someone to get into a bubble with, get on first name terms with your delivery drivers, only have visitors to your home if you’re paying them, and let’s all bake banana bread. 

Not forgetting the clapping and the Belper Moo. WTF?

Where are we now? What have we lost along the way? Who have we lost along the way? What has happened to our collective psyche? How much damage has been done to our mental health, our economy, our spiritual wellbeing? Why are we all so afraid of coughs, colds and the flu? Why have we been divided into good people who have the vaccines, and bad people who don’t? Is this a pandemic, feardemic, plandemic or scamdemic? Where do we go from here? What is the new normal? Is the new normal acceptable? Do we want a new normal? How do we adjust to life after covid? Do we need to adjust? Should we adjust?

Who do you trust?

I was going to say I wish I had the answers, but actually knowing what I know now, like the PPE fiasco, Downing Street parties and the emerging figures for the excess deaths (not least in athletes and sports professionals), makes me want to bury my head in the sand and never come out again. A feeling that I’m sure we’ve all had in the last two years.

But I can’t, and I won’t. And so I reassess. What do I want to carry forward with me? What are the positives for me that have come out of the last two years? What do I want my life to look like? What do I want life to look like for my offspring?

I have found a wonderful community of like minded people, who aren’t afraid to ask these questions, nor are they afraid to discuss, debate and digest the answers. It is from this community that I have drawn strength, made fabulous new friends, learnt a tremendous amount and envisioned a future I want to be a part of.

This is definitely a big positive that has come out of the last few years for me and I will carry forward for as long as I am on this planet. The future that I want to be a part of includes building a new health care service that integrates medical professionals with holistic practitioners. A long job but I’m happy to do it. My future also includes staying true to my values and strong in my self belief, and passing these traits to younger generations.

I knew in 2020 that I wasn’t afraid of covid, that I trusted my immune system, I felt healthy and well and that I if I got covid it would have minimal impact. And looking back at that video today, I can see that I’m even healthier now! I’ve certainly learnt a lot more about health since then (I’ll definitely be writing another blog post on that, at some point), which I have put into practice. I am forever tweaking, experimenting and mastering my innerstanding of my own health and wellbeing.

I am focused on the life I want to live, the world I want to be in and creating a future for the next generation that I’m proud to leave behind. For that, covid (I refuse to capitalise covid, even though the red lines underneath it as I type are very annoying), I am grateful.

*I think there’s gonna be a part two. I’ve got a few more thoughts on covid I want to share, which I may, or may not, get round to typing up.


Open, closed, open, closed, open, closed. Opening soon?

Well my loves, are we coming out of our third and final lockdown? Is April 12th the date I can re-open for aromatherapy, Indian head massage and reflexology again? Will I have finished all the painting and decorating, spider evicting and deep cleaning?

I’m feeling optimistic and have already had enquiries about making appointments, so let’s open the diary and get you booked in! It is of course, subject to everything going according to the government’s plan, and we’ve already learnt that things can change overnight. So let’s get you pencilled in, with a caveat that it may have to change, at the last minute.

I will be continuing with the changes made between the lockdowns – ie limiting appointments to one hour, disinfecting, wearing masks, disinfecting, washing hands on entry, disinfecting, and errr, a bit more disinfecting. My washing machine will be groaning again! But I will be happy to be returning to one of my favourite jobs, catching up with you all and helping to soothe away all the stresses of the last year.

I hope that come the summer, we might not need to wear masks, and that I can offer longer appointments again. I’d also like to bring back my upholstered chairs as the wipe clean ones are embarrassingly squeaky. But this obviously all depends on the aforementioned government plan, and there are some actions that are best practice anyway, so I will be keeping them up (apologies once more to my washing machine!).

I’ll be contacting my existing clients over the next few weeks to see if they would like to book in again. There is absolutely no obligation to do so, if you would rather wait until further lockdown restrictions are lifted, that is absolutely fine and totally understandable. I can’t wait to welcome you back, whenever that may be.

And hugs. When can we start hugs again? How I’ve missed them!