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Tips on coping with Coronavirus lockdown from WAY members

April 2020

We asked WAY members to share their advice on getting through the current Coronavirus crisis. Here are some of their tips…


Rachael - Meditate. Notice the feelings of anguish/fear/boredom/anger/frustration you might have. Study these feelings. Where they come from, whether they serve you in any useful way. Become an observer, learn that you don’t have to identify with them. Breathe, and let it go.

Natalie - Slow down. Take your time. You don't necessarily need to have a quick shower. Have a long, luxurious one!

Louisa - I am finding this time similar to when I was first widowed. Not quite quite sure what to do with yourself, keeping busy and reflecting. So maybe a similar response to that is to take each day as it comes, don’t think too far ahead and don't put too many demands on yourself.

Kate - I'm going to celebrate doing things I don’t normally get time for like going to bed early and reading, gardening, clearing out the house.

Rebecca - I am enjoying how peaceful it all is when I walk the dog. People seem more friendly - lots of cheerful greetings from strangers at a safe distance. And the dog and I are suddenly seeing much more wildlife - suddenly there are foxes, deer and pheasants popping in and out of the local hedges, which is quite something considering I live 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. So I am trying to take pleasure in the small things I have around me and focus on those, rather than stressing more than is inevitable over all the things I am missing.

Ali - I'm taking time to do the things which I normally struggle to fit into my daily routine - for example, I made fresh naan to go with my curry this week rather than fighting with the crowds in town for bread. All those projects we don't have time for? Now we get to give them our full focus. For me that means sorting through all my old photos and being able to create an album for my stepson to have of his dad.

Ali - I live a stone’s throw from the motorway. Traffic has tailed off considerably, and now I can hear the birds. I'm enjoying focusing on their chatter instead of the drone of cars.

Sarah - Move regularly throughout the day...stretch, deep breaths...if possible, dance to loud music for as long as you want. This is one of my joys at the moment, try it.x

Dave - Keeping busy is proving tricky living in a 2 bedroom flat with no garden. I'm taking a walk through the communal gardens once a day, just enjoying the lack of traffic and listening to the birds.

Natalie - We got through worse than this and we are still standing, we will get through this too, it won't be quick and it won't be easy and we won't be the same afterwards but we are survivors, we survived our world's ending once we can do it again x

Duncan - Hoping to be as easy on myself as I can - if the kids don't get out of their pyjamas all day, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, so long as we can all stay healthy and happy.

Jannine - Already faced the worse time of my life losing my soul mate so I’m using this down time to concentrate on clearing and cleaning my house changing things around basically doing what I’ve put off doing for 13 months..... couldn’t get it through it though without the constant support of friends that are fellow Wayers

We asked WAY members to share their advice on getting through the current Coronavirus crisis. Here are some of their tips…


Rachael - Meditate. Notice the feelings of anguish/fear/boredom/anger/frustration you might have. Study these feelings. Where they come from, whether they serve you in any useful way. Become an observer, learn that you don’t have to identify with them. Breathe, and let it go.

Natalie - Slow down. Take your time. You don't necessarily need to have a quick shower. Have a long, luxurious one!

Louisa - I am finding this time similar to when I was first widowed. Not quite quite sure what to do with yourself, keeping busy and reflecting. So maybe a similar response to that is to take each day as it comes, don’t think too far ahead and don't put too many demands on yourself.

Kate - I'm going to celebrate doing things I don’t normally get time for like going to bed early and reading, gardening, clearing out the house.

Rebecca - I am enjoying how peaceful it all is when I walk the dog. People seem more friendly - lots of cheerful greetings from strangers at a safe distance. And the dog and I are suddenly seeing much more wildlife - suddenly there are foxes, deer and pheasants popping in and out of the local hedges, which is quite something considering I live 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. So I am trying to take pleasure in the small things I have around me and focus on those, rather than stressing more than is inevitable over all the things I am missing.

Ali - I'm taking time to do the things which I normally struggle to fit into my daily routine - for example, I made fresh naan to go with my curry this week rather than fighting with the crowds in town for bread. All those projects we don't have time for? Now we get to give them our full focus. For me that means sorting through all my old photos and being able to create an album for my stepson to have of his dad.

Ali - I live a stone’s throw from the motorway. Traffic has tailed off considerably, and now I can hear the birds. I'm enjoying focusing on their chatter instead of the drone of cars.

Sarah - Move regularly throughout the day...stretch, deep breaths...if possible, dance to loud music for as long as you want. This is one of my joys at the moment, try it.x

Dave - Keeping busy is proving tricky living in a 2 bedroom flat with no garden. I'm taking a walk through the communal gardens once a day, just enjoying the lack of traffic and listening to the birds.

Natalie - We got through worse than this and we are still standing, we will get through this too, it won't be quick and it won't be easy and we won't be the same afterwards but we are survivors, we survived our world's ending once we can do it again x

Duncan - Hoping to be as easy on myself as I can - if the kids don't get out of their pyjamas all day, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, so long as we can all stay healthy and happy.

Jannine - Already faced the worse time of my life losing my soul mate so I’m using this down time to concentrate on clearing and cleaning my house changing things around basically doing what I’ve put off doing for 13 months..... couldn’t get it through it though without the constant support of friends that are fellow Wayers.

Veronica - Staying connected with WAY, my local friends and family. Trying to use technology creatively, coming up with fun things to do with others... a games night... challenges etc... And routine... We are all used to a routine so trying to keep that where possible. This is temporary x

Diane - We all at WAY have gone through the worst day of our lives so I’m finding I’m not scared or really worrying about it but taking time to chill as the last year since I lost Ian I have been constantly on the go, scared how I will cope if I stop but now I’ve got no choice. But everyone on way Facebook is keeping me going and I don't feel so alone as I'm living on my own and fully isolated as I'm in the extremely vunerable group we can do this because us all in WAY are survivors x

Ros - Enjoying the sunshine has been good for the soul.

Kimberley - I’m back to smallholding life. Getting the veggie patch ready and took in six more rescue hens. Now I’m overrun with eggs. Omelette anyone?