Wellbeing in lockdown

I’m writing this in the midst of lockdown 2, which seems quite a bit different to lockdown 1. More businesses are able to operate this time around, and are likely to be able to carry on successfully, having learned lessons from the last seven months. We, ‘Joe Public,’ have developed coping strategies as well.

I found further reasons for optimism when I attended an online seminar. The topic was essentially looking at the economy, not only in this country but also comparing ours to other major countries. The graphs were fascinating and showed remarkable similarities, and an optimism for the future, albeit there are a few unknowns; Brexit for one. One of the presenters felt that there would be a last-minute deal, but that some parts of the deal may be deferred for further negotiation.

One key thing, that stuck in my mind, was a comparison of entrepreneurship in various countries, and the UK came out very favourably compared to, say, France and Germany. This is very encouraging and bodes well for our recovery over the next couple of years.

Another reason to be positive is the potential of the COVID-19 vaccination programmes. Each day we’re getting updates, which again, are very much on the optimistic side.

However, I do think it’s a pity that amateur sport has been closed down completely for the month. For many of us, sport is an integral part of our wellbeing.

As we move into the winter months, it’s important that we look after our own wellbeing. So, in the spirit of Christmas, I’ve come up with the following, ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ wellbeing ideas:

A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Try to reach out and gain a new client.

Two Turtle Doves: Write two blogs.

Three French Hens: Help at least three people less fortunate than yourself.

Four Calling/Collie Birds: Phone four friends you haven’t spoken to for ages.

Five Gold Rings: Treat yourself to some nice chocolate. You could buy a bundle of five delicious bars!

Six Geese a-Laying: Do some marketing that costs you nothing. Maybe that goose will lay the ‘golden egg’ or six!

Seven Swans a-Swimming: Plant seven trees/plants/shrubs in the garden. Monty Don always says odd numbers are best!

Eight Maids a-Milking: Bake a cake! Share it with eight family members and friends.

Nine Ladies Dancing: Let’s volunteer to do nine hours of charity work.

Ten Lords a-Leaping: Learn how to say, ‘I hope your holiday season is full of peace, joy, and happiness,‘ in 10 different languages.

Eleven Pipers Piping: Many of us shop online, with our deliveries packed in paper and cardboard. Use these, together with some scissors and tape, to see if you can create something unique and fun in 11 minutes. Challenge friends and family to join in.

Twelve Drummers Drumming: Why not dust off and play a good old-fashioned board game? Alright, maybe not a 12-hour Monopoly marathon, but I’m sure we all have long-lost games hidden away somewhere.

Of course, you could do all of these things on your own, but why not include your ‘bubble’, partner and children. It’s always great to get feedback, so please feel free to let me know how you did on my wellbeing challenge. You can contact me on 01473 833411 or

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