Lockdown log: Maintaining the status quo

Candice Nolan / Apr 2, 2020

Lockdown log: Maintaining the status quo

I am returning to work tomorrow. Maintaining the status quo. Turns out I was confused about my psychiatrist having booked me off for three weeks. And the time at home has meant too much time in my head, which is a dangerous place to be. I will be taking all necessary precautions. Including, wearing face masks and disinfecting common work spaces.

My boss was a tad bit surprised when I phoned to tell her I was coming back. They had made contingency plans to maintain the status quo. She wanted to know if I was really fit for purpose. I reassured her I was and hey presto. This would not have been possible without the intervention of my psychologist.

He helped me to see that I may have been over-reacting to some aspects of the virus and the lockdown. It’s like I could no longer tell the difference between what was real and what was imaginary. I am also very grateful to have gainful employment during this time. My neighbours are not so lucky.

My psychologist reckons the virus will make us all more insular. So the focus will not be on the world economy, as much as it is on internal country economies. I think that could be a good thing. But we still have to weather the storm of lockdown. Before we even begin to rebuild.

The lockdown has been great for my podcast. It has seen exponential growth in the last week or so. Not so other podcasters, who are experiencing a decline in listenership due to the lockdown. So as I return to work, and some semblance of maintaining the status quo, I know I can do this.

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