|How I’ve found being furloughed|

Happy Monday and Hello June! 

It’s the start of a new month and a one where we get back to some ‘normality’, but right now what is normal? With lockdown being eased a little each week and today marking the first of some school children going back and outdoor markets being allowed to open, I thought I would share my thoughts on it all.

I’ve been furloughed since 22nd March crazy to think I’ve been off for 10 weeks going into my 11th this week. In two weeks time the government has advised that all none essential shops can open again including shopping centres. Not going to lie I’m very much looking forward to going back to work and having a routine again. I actually miss getting up and going to work and seeing others. Whilst I have enjoyed (most days) spending time with my parents and treasuring the memories somedays has been very testing. I’ve not spent this much time with them since I was a child. Despite living with them still and seeing them daily anyway I’ve struggled with not seeing anyone but them.

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Since being furlough I’ve read a lot! (now onto my 4th book), baked a lot (posts coming soon) sunbathed a lot when the weathers been nice and played ALOT ALOT of animal crossing. I’m obsessed with that game so pleased I decided to give myself a little treat and by a switch. I also got Disney+ and that has been a real game changer!. Netflix has also kept be sane as well. Can’t beat having more time to binge watch things.

Treating and looking after myself has been well needed. It’s helped me feel more positive. I also for the first time last week saw one of my friends. It was so nice to see another human. We kept our distance and it was fine hard but fine!. Taking time out for yourselves is needed for your wellbeing.

I have had a lot like most people good and bad day/weeks even some where I would just cry over silly little things like that fact my mam fainted on her animal crossing game or that my dad was bored when he wasn’t. Now the end is sort of in sight I feel more positive and being able to get out for more than an hours exercise a day has really helped. I love going for long walks really helps clear the mind breathing in all that lovely fresh air.

The one thing I’m grateful for throughout this is having our garden, whilst it’s not huge it’s been something. I really feel for those who live in towers blocks and have no form whatsoever of outside space, especially when we were on complete lockdown and most older people weren’t allowed out as they needed to shield themselves.

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I know a lot of people don’t want things to get back to ‘normal’ as it’s too soon but with the number of cases and deaths coming down I feel that little baby steps is needed to help get not only our economy up and running but for the rest of the world as well. It’s so crazy to think that this virus has effected families all around the world and the saddest it has brought with it. I can’t imagine what families are going through not being able to say goodbye to there loved ones, go to their funerals, to see them and not to think of all the people who live on there own and have no family. It breaks my heart. It even breaks my heart to think of all the small business around the world who won’t survive this pandemic.

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I’m looking at this pandemic now as a positive and not a negative, and I feel that if places put the measures provided by the government into place and people stick to the 2m distance ect that things will get better. Am I nervous it will return? of course but no-one knows if it will/how long it will be around for.  We will get through this.

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One thing I am going to miss about 2020 is the fact we aren’t going on holiday. I am looking forward to more days out in my local area and I am going to attempt to spend more time at the beach. I just love being by water I find it really calming. Fingers crossed for a fabulous sunny summer!.

How have you found this lockdown? I would love to know.

Thank you for reading xxx

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11 thoughts on “|How I’ve found being furloughed|

  1. kathnotkat says:

    Brilliant post and enjoy getting back to work!! I totally can relate to missing seeing people at work. I have also been reading a lot more than before, testing out new recipes and enjoying Disney+!!

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    • Amy Louise says:

      I’m pleased it’s not just me, I was so nervous about writing this post but wanted it to look back on. I know when I’m back I’ll want to be off but for now I can’t wait! so weird going from seeing people I work with daily to nothing. I LOVE Disney + it really is a life saver

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  2. ellieslondon says:

    It’s great to read a post that is looking forward (and positively) – it is quite refreshing! I am not looking forward to going back to work – purely because I love the isolation of working from home and during my time ‘off’ I have been working really hard on building my own business and I’ll miss that when I’m back in the office! x

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    • Amy Louise says:

      I wish I could work from home but I’m a retail supervisor so I can’t. ooooo new business wow now that is exciting. I’m sure you’ll manage and find a balance once you’re back at work ❤ xx

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  3. Hannah says:

    I have felt very conflicted throughout this whole experience. I am extremely lucky to have been able to keep my job throughout the pandemic and have a daily routine but I am also jealous of those who can work from home or have been furloughed because I have seen so many people following their passions and working on themselves during this time and it is something that I wish I had more time to do. One cannot win! xx

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  4. chloeburford says:

    For me I have been working from home, so I’ve been so curious as to how furloughed workers have found lockdown compared to me. Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this! (I look forward to all the baking posts) xxx

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    • Amy Louise says:

      Thank you for your comment. I know people who think furloughed people are loving being off but there is some (like me) who hate it, yes it was nice at first but now it’s dragging on a little. I’m still waiting for a date to go back to work. It’s just weird being off when people are working. xx

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