Now that shielding will be paused on 1 August – this is officially my last lockdown diary! I think about how far we have come from when we first went into lockdown. I started to stay indoors a week before the Government made the official announcement. Concerned about what I was seeing on Twitter from Italy. It only seemed a matter of time before the UK followed suit.
Watching people fighting for toilet rolls on the news, not being able to get any food deliveries, saying goodbye to friends and loved ones for an indefinite time, was a surreal moment. Almost forgotten, as we seem to be re-emerging out of lockdown. I feel for my friends in Leicester who are still in a local lockdown. I will be coming out into the ‘new normal’ where people wear face masks and social distancing is our new reality.
Debt Stories with Marie Ellis – Broke Girl in The City interviewed by Mrs Moneypenny
Lynn Beattie Aka Mrs MummyPenny is an amazing money blogger and personal finance expert. I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for her debt series, where we talked about being in debt, but also how I got myself out of it. You can read the fully story here.
“Over to Marie from the Broke Girl In The City to share her story. This is an honest and inspiring story of real life specifics of debt. And a happy ending with Marie clearing her debt in full and experiencing financial freedom.”
My Top 3 Tips for the lockdown: Week 18
Lockdown is a personal journey for all of us. I have close friends who are key workers and have been working this whole time. Other friends have gone back to work, people like me are about to start working from the office, and others are still yet to go back.
Our whole future is uncertain. We face constant anxiety about our jobs, money and relationships too. On top of that, we wake up and wonder how we can protect ourselves against this COVID-19 virus which is sweeping the globe.
1. BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF
I have put on weight during lockdown to the point, I am unable to fit into any of my old clothes. However, I have no intention of going on a diet. This has been caused by inactivity, which will change over the next few weeks drastically. It has been stressful watching everyone else go about their lives but having to stay indoors. There is no handbook to this, and we all have moments where we are anxious, stressed or even depressed. Be gentle with yourself. Look after yourself; your health and your mental health.
2. AN EMERGENCY FUND IS KEY
Nothing is certain and with so many job losses, it’s important to build up an emergency fund. If you have already been made redundant, keep as much of your redundancy money as you can. Don’t be tempted to spend on every day living if you can. Also, don’t splash the cash as soon as you are out of lockdown. Read How to save for an emergency fund on a budget.
3. START TO BUILD A NEW NORMAL FOR YOURSELF
Building a new normal is a mindset shift as well as a lifestyle change. Something I mentioned recently on BBC Radio 5 Live with Laura Whitmore. We now have to wear masks in our everyday lives and wash our hands wherever we go (not that we shouldn’t have been doing that already!). It’s a chance to build a new life for ourselves. Establish new healthier habits. Build a new normal for yourself. Take your time and good luck!
That concludes my final Lockdown Diary!
If you could give your Top Tips from Lockdown, what would they be?