"My kids are only just back this week for their first full week of school and college. It's not that long ago that my 20 year old daughter went back to uni. I have so much to catch up on. I realise now, how much I have been putting off in order to make sure that they are all o.k. and keeping perky and happy enough. In classic single parent fashion though, now work is gearing up again for me I am not feeling at all ready! Although financially it's vital that I get back to work as soon as possible, psychologically it's a whole different ball game. I remember friends after the first lockdown feeling as if they had lost their mojo and genuinely feeling like they didn't know if they could still actually do their jobs. I feel a bit like I am trying to get back on a round about that's already spinning. I want to get on, I need to get on but everything just feels too fast for me. I am trying to make my own roadmap back to work and fully functioning but it's so tricky when we are not yet allowed to do some simple things that would help with a transition back to normality. I also can see that people have had such varied experiences of lockdown depending on their circumstances- some are already up and running and others, like us have barely seen anyone apart from each other and the elderly neighbour next door! The uncertainty, chopping and changing has been one of the hardest things for me."

Howie P
Mar 23, 2021

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