Real-life heroes

27 Mar 2020
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As I write this an unprecedented number of countries are in lockdown. Quarantine, curfews, self-isolation, panic buying toilet paper, hand sanitizer and guns have all become the new normal. A few months ago, who would have imagined the extent to which national health systems would be stretched to breaking point by Covid-19? We are living in truly extraordinary times.

I have been following the coronavirus outbreak with mild terror since it first appeared in the news and on our screens. I'm ashamed to say that previous epidemics, Sars, Ebola, swine and bird flu passed me by. No such luck with this latest deadly incarnation. Europe is now the epicentre of a global pandemic.

Here in Switzerland, where I have been living for the last 15 years, a state of emergency was declared on Friday 13th March. Schools, universities, bars, clubs, restaurants, non-essential shops, and sports centres shut down overnight. As a born-and-bred Londoner, it was surreal to see the country grind to a halt so efficiently. Typical Swiss.

As well as a wedding, an MOT, hairdresser's and dentist's appointments, the new social distancing measures have put paid to my beloved dance classes. I live alone and work from home. My local fitness centre is my sanctuary. A kind of urban mountain chalet. It's an escape from the four walls of my flat. My happy place.

When I am in the dance studio, the energy in the room lifts me up. The music pumps through my veins like blood. As a group, we move together in unison, flowing effortlessly through the choreography in perfect time to the beat. Body, mind and soul fused to perfection.

Dancing gives me superhuman powers, like the comic-book character Wonder Woman who spins around on her heels before transforming into her alter-ego. I become invincible, a fearless warrior single-handedly pursuing my dreams and saving the world!

Under house arrest, enforced isolation has sent me crashing back to earth. Old memories of sadness, and loss, regret and disappointment have resurfaced, haunting my days and my nights.

At 9pm every evening, applause rings out from balconies across the neighbourhood. It's a way of showing thanks to the medical staff working on the frontline in the battle against the spread of coronavirus.

When the (temporary) loss of my dance regimen gets me down, I think about the real-life heroes selflessly stepping up to the plate and going above and beyond the call of duty in the face of a global health crisis: the epidemiologists searching for a vaccine, the doctors and nurses risking their lives to save others; supermarket staff maintaining our food supplies; cleaners and public transport workers. They are the backbone of society. Without them, we wouldn't survive the biggest threat to humanity since Hitler and WW2.

Until we make it to the other side, why not share what we are passionate about?

What helps you to thrive, at the best of times?

Love from

Cappuccino

A Moodscope member.

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Molly

March 27, 2020, 1:39 a.m.

Hi Cappuccino We had the applause here in the UK tonight at 8pm. I went outside and was surprised to be honest that there were quite a few in the street clapping. It’s not really my thing (To follow the crowd) but I did find it quite emotional. I’m sorry about your dancing classes that obviously kept you afloat. Remember it’s a temporary measure (hopefully). It certainly is a time to reflect on everything. We may not feel we want that time, and whether it is doing us good or not, who knows. Swings and roundabouts. I’ve just dropped a glass in the kitchen, shattered everywhere. I know it needs clearing but I just walked back into the living room and sat down. It can feel the whole world is against you sometimes, even with the smallest of things. I guess in answer to your question, my job made me thrive. That ended years ago, I could have worked from home in these present circumstances. I often did (out of office hours) yes I miss that.... Hopefully others will be able to come up with something more positive. My life had already come to a standstill (Without wanting to bang on about it). Who knows, the current situation, could kick me back into shape. I best go sweep up that glass. It actually looks like a resemblance of life. Molly xx

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Sally

March 27, 2020, 7:59 a.m.

Molly, yesterday I broke a crystal dish...husband more annoyed than me. I just thought “Oh well..” Things are only things. I shall still remember my mother! I’d have thought I’d be in tears...but it seemed smallfry in the present circumstances.

Leila

March 27, 2020, 10:41 a.m.

I cried over spilt milk this morning. Literally. These small things become our big things when we are faced with taxing times. I think I just felt, what a waste of a precious thing. It’s not a crystal bowl with those sentimental and also monetary values. But it just felt extra wasteful right now.

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 11:03 a.m.

Dear Molly, When I came across this fitness centre and spa in February, a month before lockdown, I was actually looking for an indoor swimming pool. After doing a trial day, I decided to sign up for a year's subscription. I still haven't been in the pool yet. Dancing is a rediscovered passion. I loved it when I was a kid. There's still time to find yours. xx

Molly

March 27, 2020, 4:35 p.m.

Sally, I’m sorry about your crystal dish. But yes just things. Mine was a small sherry glass, I just went to put it away. I couldn’t believe how much glass there was from this tiny thing, it spread the length of the kitchen. I wasn’t worried about losing the glass, it was the clearing up! I couldn’t find the broom! So it was a dustpan and brush job which wore me out! Leila, strangely I had a dream about spilling milk, it was all we had left! I’m not sure why I was so bothered because I drink black coffee. Husband likes milk but he could live without it. I guess it was just a sign of anxiety. Love to you both xx

Molly

March 27, 2020, 4:44 p.m.

Cappuccino, how funny that you were looking for a pool and ended up doing something completely different, it was meant to be! I went to dancing lessons when I was a child and passed some exams (just) I was rubbish, too stiff and too nervous! My sister, full of confidence, always got better grades than me. I’ve never forgiven her! Lol. Thank you for your blog today. Love to you, Molly xx

Just Me

March 27, 2020, 5:37 a.m.

Hi, Cappacino. As I read your blog, I thought of you dancing on a green meadow high in the Alps, a bit like Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music"! I'm lately at a loss regarding how to thrive. Since volunteering for a non-essential run for groceries two days ago, and seeing that the shopping list mostly consisted of junk food. I've been holed up in my home. I learned that the fellow who'd asked for a volunteer to get groceries did not want to go there himself because he didn't want to risk bringing the COVID-19 virus home. I think this experience has hit me this hard because I never would've expected it from a church member. I feel used. Betrayed. And bad thoughts have been floating around in my head. I know this will pass. But I'd finally started feeling like me again after three months of meds adverse effects, withdrawal symptoms and side effects. It was such a hard battle. Sometimes I just get tired of the fight. Take care!

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Sally

March 27, 2020, 8:06 a.m.

That’s appalling, Just Me! He just wanted a skivvy ! No, it was not a very Christian thing of him to do, but church members can be just as fallible as non church members in my opinion. Sorry if that sounds harsh. I don't mean it to be. Have a word with him? Explain how it made you feel? Sorry to hear you get tired of the fight . I can imagine. It’s hard . You’re a good person. Remember that. Big, virtual hugs winging their way to you today, Just Me. Xx

Tutti Frutti

March 27, 2020, 8:44 a.m.

Just Me I can understand how this made you feel. Church members are by no means perfect so I am absolutely not saying that this is the case but perhaps someone in his family has an underlying health condition you aren't aware of. It might at least make you feel better if you can try and think about that as a possibility. Love TF x

Sue

March 27, 2020, 10:22 a.m.

Yesterday a church friend got my groceries. as we are both technically in the vulnerable group. I have medicines I will have to collect next week but the chemist is very organised. I expect we will have go for some shopping later but at present yes, I feel guilty but that is what the government is advising.

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 11:10 a.m.

Dear Just Me, There's a saying that goes something along the lines of it's not the situation but the way you react to the situation that affects how you feel. When I'm feeling negative and low I see everything through that prism. When I'm happy and buoyant, well you get the picture. Don't let the actions of one inconsiderate person bring you down. Sending love xx

The Gardener

March 27, 2020, 11:58 a.m.

Just Me, I think when the church (whatever religion you practice) lets you down it's awful, one expects community and comfort. I am no longer bitter, but in the 4 long years of Mr G's illness church useless, and we did so much for them. xx

Bearofliddlebrain

March 27, 2020, 1:22 p.m.

Hi Just Me, it’s such a difficult situation, because you were actually doing the ‘Christian' thing by volunteering and you feel slapped in the face. I would feel the same. Try and find out if someone else needs your help instead, if you don’t feel comfortable with this person, but remember that he must be in an at-risk situation if he was allowed a volunteer. It’s hard not to judge someone when we are overwhelmed with what is going on around us and feeling low ourselves. Bear hugs xx

Valerie

March 27, 2020, 1:39 p.m.

I am so sorry Just Me,I hope you can get past this and recover some of the improved mood you were enjoying. Initially there was a kind of enjoyable outrage, reading and hearing first hand some of the examples of selfishness and greed the virus has triggered.Now I don't want to hear any more,they are beneath contempt.For each one there are hundreds of kind and decent people trying to do the right thing.The economic catastrophe worries me far more than coronavirus.xx

Molly

March 27, 2020, 5:06 p.m.

Just Me, you still did a good turn regardless. As others have said, he may have underlying issues. I have a real problem going out, and a lot of people don’t understand. Someone said we are in the category for vulnerable people to get priority for deliveries but I daren’t apply for it, when there are so many others worse off and I am managing the ‘shop run’. Please forget about the feeling of being used. You might have been, you might not have been, but it’s not worth worrying about. You have a good heart and should be proud xx

Dido

March 27, 2020, 7:13 a.m.

Good morning Cappuccino, Hard to do but I need to keep moving. The clap-in last night did me a lot of good, seeing all our neighbours in a row clapping and waving. One or two of the old folk in the home at the top af the road, windows open listening. I went to bed feeling better. I had listened to an online choir 1000 strong singing from their homes, it lifted me. I am fortunate, I have lost the quiet here in the daytime, its been replaced by the sounds of my neighbours children, 2 and 4 talking, playing and calling out to me at times. For the moment my fear and panic are tempered and the jitteryness I live with is not as bad. I hope you find ways of dancing at home, love Dido

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Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 11:22 a.m.

Dear Dido, The picture you paint sounds idyllic. I'm always amazed at how we live our lives as outwardly functioning members of society but behind closed doors we have all these internal dramas going on. I have been dancing at home, and going out for walks. Fortunately, Switzerland has plenty of hills for hiking and enough space for social distancing. xx

Dido

March 27, 2020, 1:57 p.m.

Hi Cappuccino, I had never thought of it like that! Thank you for reoganising my head about my community. I think last night we saw for one brief moment that there may be possibilities of a better more relaxed cul-de-sac! Up until now we have been reserved but friendly, dashing in and out of our lives. I must have lived here 15years before people started talking easily. The 2 children have brought much easier communication with them. I love the idea of you dancing at home! I love dancing too x Dido

Hopeful One

March 27, 2020, 7:48 a.m.

Hi Cappuccino- your blog reminded of something Darwin wrote in the "Origin of Species" and which I came across while in the Galapagos Islands this January. He said that it is not the strongest or the most intelligent who survived but those who were able( and for us humans willing- my addition) to adapt to change. Each of us will need to figure this out for ourselves in our individual situations. Fortunately self isolation has not impacted me as it has impacted other people as I live in the countryside and can get my Vitamin N ( for Nature) by just stepping out of my front door. Some changes have caused me inconvenience like not being able to see the dentist or queuing at the supermarket but I can easily and happily adapt to that. Meanwhile I make sure I get my Vitamin L ( for Laughter). Here is the second of my series...... I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colours yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what colour it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I really think you should try to figure out some of these colours yourself!"

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Sally

March 27, 2020, 8:25 a.m.

Hahaha! My granddaughter was 3 yesterday. I can identify with this . Lovely one, HO. I love vitamin N for nature and vitamin L for laughter! Genius.

Oli

March 27, 2020, 8:32 a.m.

I love this point HO. I heard a caller on the radio defending his panic shopping as "survival of the fittest". But being a muscle bound brute is not what it's about. Rather, it's about adaptation. Thank you for the reminder of this point. Darwin's theory is so beautiful. I have had moments of awe as I've been in nature and realised that absolutely everything living that I could see and hear is explained by the beautiful simplicity of that evolutionary theory. As it happens I reckon that's what draws me to process driven accounts of behaviour. Topographically things like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD and so on look like different things -- much like trees and horses look like different things. I'm drawn to evidence which suggests these diagnoses can be explained with a beautiful simplicity of underlying processes. Time will tell as the evidence either supports that idea or doesn't. Just like Darwin.

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m.

Dear Hopeful One, Really interesting point. If there's one thing lockdown has taught me it's that I am resilient and I can adapt. Two weeks ago my world felt like it was collapsing in on me. Now when I wake up in the morning I think about how can I rise to the challenge of self-isolation and make it work for me. xx ps. I think you're onto something with your Vitamin N and L

Hopeful One

March 27, 2020, 7:39 p.m.

Hi Sally, Oli and Capucchino- - Thank you for your interesting comments .

Sally

March 27, 2020, 8:19 a.m.

Haha! You made me laugh with your description of Switzerland, where I was brought up from the age of 7.( Also a Londoner , born there. Returned to study.) It is so typical of that sturdy, efficient, self- sufficient little nation! But necessary ? There is definitely some black and white thinking among the Swiss populace, but increasingly, (we go back now every year), I bond with them and find common ground. Surprisingly, they are not all rich, haha! They have the same financial constraints as us. We have good friends we hug! I can understand your frustration at being isolated. I have a sister who lives alone. We cannot even go to hers now, which is hard. Take care . Reach out. Now more than ever people will communicate. I keep telling my husband that the telecom businesses are going to flourish with gazillions of extra sales! They informed me yesterday I’d reached my limit and did I want to but more credit...never ever happened before. Oh, and I do sincerely believe that necessity is the mother of invention. Something will crop up to replace, at least in part. Thank you for a blog that’s made my day! Go well.

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Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 1:42 p.m.

Dear Sally, I do believe you have to live here to understand its idiosyncrasies. Some things drive me crazy, but that was true of London too. I like order and discipline. It suits my way of life. Not everyone in here is rich, true, but salaries are higher than in the UK, and rent doesn't increase with the market, if anything it decreases. The being alone part of lockdown isn't that big a deal for me, as I live alone and work from home most of the time anyway. Also nowadays with Skype, WhatsApp, Messenger, family and friends never leave me alone. Sometimes I wish they would give me some peace! Dance classes fulfil the physical need for human contact, and being in a group with people who share the same passion as me gives me a sense of belonging. Hugs ***

Oli

March 27, 2020, 8:58 a.m.

Thanks for the blog Cappuccino. It's more a hope than a belief but I hope that the current interest in exercise at home and (if permitted) outside helps people realise how useful exercise is for their total health. So many times I've listened to someone tell me all the reasons why they can't exercise. Can't exercise at all. And I wonder why they're telling me cos I ain't gonna judge them, in fact I'll pretty much always offer a sympathetic ear. Are they telling me or continuing to tell themselves? When I say I wonder I don't mean I despair, I mean I really wonder what's driving the beliefs. Hope you can get some dance or other exercise at home Cappuccino which allows you to contact the feelings you experience at the class. I've often thought about my own values and one of my thought experiments to see if something is really important to me is to imagine if I'd still do it by myself on a desert island. If I would, then it's important. I'm on Day 3 of suspected covid-19. This morning I just feel weird. Not distressed, weird. Sort of like you've got up too quickly and need to steady yourself. Oh, and sense of smell is different. Just ate a banana and it didn't smell or taste of banana. No breathing difficulties. I keep emphasising suspected because there's no testing. Bass player last night (same day as me) was coughing more. Still okay though. Very pleased he packed up smoking almost three years to the day.

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Tutti Frutti

March 27, 2020, 9:10 a.m.

Oli So sad to hear that you are ill. I am glad that your symptoms are not too distressing at the moment and I am sending best wishes for a rapid recovery. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love TF x

Dido

March 27, 2020, 9:22 a.m.

Keeping you in my thoughts Oli.

Leila

March 27, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

Oli, I thought something was up with me - well it obviously was, when I couldn’t taste or smell either. Isn’t it strange. Then I started to wonder if I was imagining it. Because food became more a necessary fuel than something that I was enjoying if that makes sense. I actually set alarms to remind me to eat. I think I have also had Covid but we won’t know until perhaps antibody tests become available but at the moment I prefer that they concentrate on sourcing PPE for healthcare workers, producing more ventilators, researching a vaccine etc.

Bearofliddlebrain

March 27, 2020, 1:28 p.m.

Hi Oli, sending Bear hugs over to you and hoping you get through this safely. I’ve heard from 'big, strong chaps' are absolutely floored by the virus and can barely get to the bathroom. Take care and thank you for being here. I have been wondering if you were able to keep working...? Extra hugs again, Bear xx

Dido

March 27, 2020, 1:59 p.m.

Hi Oli I heard that smell and taste could be affected. *** Dido

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 2:12 p.m.

Dear Oli, thanks for taking the time to write despite feeling unwell. I agree with you completely. Exercise truly is the best medicine. More and more conventional doctors are prescribing sport, walking and yoga, as a remedy to society's ills. We've evolved from hunter-gatherers into couch-potatoes!! Thanks to lockdown I have realised that the endorphine-rush I get from dancing actually blocks negative thoughts from entering my brain. I wish you a speedy recovery. ***

Tutti Frutti

March 27, 2020, 9:05 a.m.

Hi Cappuccino Thanks for your blog. I am missing my choir - we should have had a concert next week - and meeting up with colleagues and friends. However I am lucky to have a family at home (and no small children who don't understand) and to be locked down with a piano and a clarinet. I have also done a few things over zoom including a singing workshop which was fun even if not like being at choir (you could only hear the conductor and his wife and everyone else was on mute so it was kind of awkward when there were more than 2 parts.) My daughter is a dancer and her dance school have just started running some classes over zoom. She hasn't had one yet so I am not sure how well it will work ( I am sure there won't be space to do everything). But perhaps you can try contacting your dance studio to see if they have any plans to run any virtual classes. As you say our difficulties pale before those of the medics. But it is still natural to struggle with the restrictions. Love to all at this worrying time TF xoxo

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Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 4:07 p.m.

Dear Tutti Frutti, it's reassuring to know I am not alone in missing something that seems so trivial compared to the severity of the situation that the world is in right now. Thanks for the suggestion of virtual classes. I actually received an email this morning from my fitness centre offering exactly that. Lockdown is officially due to last until the end of April, but it could be longer. Only time will tell if there will be any psychological impact. Stay strong. Music is a great help at the best of times xx

Mrs H

March 27, 2020, 9:21 a.m.

Hello there! You have my sympathy. I've got a couple of suggestions that might just be helpful. http://jasminvardimon.com/education/pop-up-space/ Jasmin Vardimon's contemporary dance company is amazing. In these tricky times, they've very generously made their online classes free to access. I'm going to give it a go. The other thing I'm doing is Les Mills Body Balance. There's a free 30-day on-demand trial if you fancy having a look at that. Yoga/Pilates/Tai chi fusion. I wish you all the best.

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Leila

March 27, 2020, 10:54 a.m.

I don’t know anything about dance but I do know that Yoga with Adrienne is a great, free online (YouTube) resource that many friends (and at time myself) use when we don’t feel comfortable in a class situation. So now might be the perfect time for it to be used from home.

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 3:57 p.m.

Hi Marian & Leila, thanks for your kind suggestions. Yes you're right this is the perfect time to try online classes. I will definitely give it go. Lockdown is a good opportunity to try different things. Warm wishes xx

Vivien

March 27, 2020, 10:34 a.m.

I too went out and 'clapped'. Wasn't sure if anyone would do it, but was pleasantly surprised and for a moment I felt good. I too live alone but I have discovered who my 'real' friends are. One of them lives across the road from me, so we stand upstairs and wave to each other! Another, my hairdresser, got in touch and is going to collect my medication and do a little bit of shopping for me. The best of all - a guy nearby who rang and told me that the local brewery was selling off it's draught beer (waste not want not) so off I went to get some (that was before the lockdown) Yep, I hate this situation, am panicking but I discovered Box breathing - it helps to calm me down, I am very guilty of holding my breathe - doesn't do any good! But above all I am a member of a wonderful supportive and non judgemental group - MOODSCOPERS - so come on, let's give ourselves a 'virtual' clap and hugs xxxxx

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Bearofliddlebrain

March 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Clapping for you, and all Moodscopers, Vivien xx

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 4:09 p.m.

Hear hear, I'll clap to that. Moodscope is a life-saver! Happy box breathing. X

Leila

March 27, 2020, 11:21 a.m.

Thank you for your blog. It chimed with me. One thing I have been thinking about is all of the places that have shut that I suddenly felt sad and lost about only to realise that I have not/do not use them anyway - it’s ages since I went to a gym, I don’t go to the library as I have too many books at home, I have never really enjoyed bars or restaurants as I struggle with social anxiety and the feeling of being out of my comfort zone - but suddenly I miss them. I think maybe it’s some empathy? I know that it will be changing things a lot of others. I have a box of tools as my mental health team calls it that I should be able to call on in these times, but they don’t seem fitting. When a lot of the time I can’t identify the distress I am feeling. If that makes sense to anyone. So far my coping has been: - allowing myself to recognise I was physically poorly when I was, and learning how to self care for this when in other circumstances I would perhaps been able to have someone come the the flat to help out a little bit. - reinstalling Skype on my laptop and using it to speak to my Aunt - I hate phone calls but face to face felt okay. - playing with the cats - walking in the garden and imagining what I might do when I feel a bit better - if I can get hold of tooks to borrow. Then trying to just enjoy it just as it is. - watching the little girl aged one start to enjoy her garden next door - looking at my bookshelf and trying to decide which paperback I should start next - joining up the the NHS volunteers - I don’t drive but I hope to be able to offer some phone support - creating a Facebook group called “spread a little happiness“ please feel free to join - where people can post photos, stories, music that is a rest from the news and the other aspects of social media that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Having started the group I am now having a Facebook holiday but I know the group is probably continuing in my absence. - making a list of things I might do over the next few weeks - beyond the pure survival mode I had got into. And then hoping to tick one or two of these off but not worrying if a lot remains undone. - being part of this group. I don’t log my scores but I do look forward to my email each day - wanting time learn things but not knowing where to start - a language? a new hobby? Lastly and something I would love your feedback - a while a go I started crafting again for a hobby then some people thought I could sell these things... It has sort of gone on the back burner, since my mood and energy has been low as I have wondered what is the point of making things that are frivolous - cards, notebooks, stationary... when people are panick buying toilet rolls... Does that make sense? However I wondered if I should start again. My stuff is not expensive, and I could post it out occasionally - daily exercise (walk to post office) which I believe remains open in UK. Thoughts? If you want to look at what I do I have an Instagram account Scrabble_Map_Crafts and the same on Facebook. I am not expecting any moodscop W custom. I just wondered if you thought people might be interested in this stuff in the current climate? Also please if I am not supposed to share links to social media etc let me know. And I will delete. All the best Leila

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The Gardener

March 27, 2020, 12:02 p.m.

Lovely, SO inspiring Leila. Loads of friends and family phone - still scared stiff of FB, and now its use will increase 1,000 fold even more scared. Silly old woman! xx

Oli

March 27, 2020, 1:40 p.m.

They look good Leila. To me they look like they'd be at home on Etsy. My friend sells his stuff on there in his Etsy "shop", I don't think it's mega complicated. x

Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 4:21 p.m.

Dear Leila, wow that's a great box of tools. My favourite is playing with cats. Yes it makes sense that you miss access to things that you didn't do anyway. For me it's the comfort of knowing that there is life out there even if you don't want to be a part of it. Yes definitely do your crafting. I find the act of creating does wonders for mind and soul. If nothing else it will be fun to put yourself out there, and as all the shops are closed people are spending more money online. Be brave and go for it. ***

The Gardener

March 27, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

Lovely blog, Cappucino, My son was in Geneva Friday 13th on way to Haute Savoie. I was SO lucky I had those few days with him, one week later would have been impossible. We have all 'lost' something, to a greater or lesser extent. I have lost nothing. But my garden is great - because you can rebel! Going out of the house can be 'rationed' but nobody can measure how much time I spend in the garden, and I have nobody nearby to harm. Daughter says she will cut small lawn with nail scissors to take more time!!

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Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 4:33 p.m.

Dear Gardener, that's wonderful that you were able to see your son. I don't know when I will see my family in the UK again. I was there at Christmas and was due to fly back again at Easter. But my dad is in his 70s, so that's definitely not on the cards. I am jealous of your garden. I have a small balcony and I am looking forward to planting my flowers as soon as the shops open again. Warmly ***

Flypaper

March 27, 2020, 1:52 p.m.

Hi Cappuccino. I have just signed up to join a virtual disco on Saturday nigh. There are all sorts of on-line classes and initiatives which would allow you to carry on with your dancing. When I feel down I put on a CD and do a bit of belly dancing round the house. I haven't been to a class for years but I still have a few moves! It feels great to be moving and just focussing on the music. It takes my mind off whatever is troubling me.

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Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 4:40 p.m.

Dear Flypaper, you are a Moodscoper after my own heart. You truly get it. And you're right. Of course there are alternatives, I just had to get the frustration out of my system. Since I wrote the blog and shared with everyone on here I realise that it's not the end of the world. I had a mini-meltdown and Moodscope has come to my rescue. The worst is behind me. Dancing around the living room will keep my spirits up until classes start again. And I will appreciate and enjoy them even more than I did before. Now that's something to look forward to. "Keep dancing" as they say on Strictly! ***

Flypaper

March 30, 2020, 7:46 a.m.

I'll think of you as I jiggle my way around the house!

Bearofliddlebrain

March 27, 2020, 1:57 p.m.

Hi Cappuccino, Great blog as it remind us how we cope, or not, and what we miss the most. I joined a gym only the weekend before everything got locked down!! Lol! But at least they are not off taking any further payments for now! So in the meantime, Baby Bear and I are running every other day, we are trying to do weighted stretching every day and I’m gardening...cleaning the house...then there’s the doggit walks we are still allowed to do. So we are coping. Mr. Bear isn’t doing as well as he doesn’t want to do the exercises and just does the doggits. He’s lost his badminton and the socialising at the pub! Last night, we missed the NHS clapping, I hadn’t heard about it until it was too late, however, we were doing some good of our own. We’d arranged to FaceTime a dear friend who is alone now, since losing his wife last Easter. We enjoyed the chat, knowing it helped him and helped us too. (He is Mr. Bear's badminton partner!) Strange times for us all, but here’s to you, for writing a good blog and I hope you, and all Moodscopers stay fit and well...and stay clear of everyone and that we all get through this. Very best wishes and Bear hugs xx

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Dido

March 27, 2020, 2 p.m.

good stuff big Bear

Bearofliddlebrain

March 27, 2020, 1:58 p.m.

Meant to add in that there are so many classes online, you might find one that suits you :-). Bear xx

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Cappuccino

March 27, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

Dear Bear, your reply made me smile. I love the way you describe your family and how you are coping with the impact of coronavirus on all our lives. My gym is still taking payments but they have promised to extend the membership period. This makes me think that there will be life after the pandemic. Even though everything is so uncertain, the connection with everyone on Moodscope and the feeling of togetherness helps enormously. Best wishes to you and Mr. Bear xx

Lex

March 29, 2020, 11:32 a.m.

Dear Cappuccino Your wonderful sharing of how you are triggered a vision. There's a lady I once had the privilege of networking with. She did a job in Cyber Security. When she spoke about it, she was confident and assured and clear. But when we shifted to talking about dancing - everything changed! Her face lit up, she became animated, and I'm not ashamed to say, far more attractive! Energy is beautiful. When we came to host a huge event last summer, she walked past me, and I became breathless. The elegance of every step was a symphony in motion. No one else noticed! Only two people have ever taken my breath away like that. Both are dancers! Neither were dancing!! Except they were! Every movement was elegant, beautiful, a joy to behold. You may not have your dance class at the moment but I can well imagine every movement can be filled with grace as you remember you ARE a Dancer! I hope you like this link: https://youtu.be/8bSq4eB9cO8 L'xx

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Cappuccino

March 30, 2020, 9:13 a.m.

Dear Lex, thank you for your kind words and the interesting video link. It's true what you say, there's something about people who dance. When I see my teacher I feel the same way. Joy emanates from his being and envelopes me in a warm soft blanket of happiness. In the meantime, I have discovered all kinds of resources on YouTube to keep me dancing right through lockdown. Best xx

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