Lockdown is affecting us all, but it is also affecting us differently. I sat down (virtually) with one of my Live with Laura ladies Sarah to talk about her experience so far and how exercise is helping.
Tell me a little bit about your lockdown world.
So lockdown for me, has been a nice maternity leave extension. I was due to go back to work on 1st April after finishing my maternity leave, however I’ve been furloughed. At the end of March, my baby boy was just starting to crawl and developing even more of his crazy, whacky personality. It’s been amazing (also very tiring) being at home and seeing all his developments. I feel completely lucky that I’m able to stay at home and I’m so thankful for all the NHS and key workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all safe.
Who are you locked down with in your household?
I’m in lockdown with my hubby, my 9 month old son Finley and my 5 year old Beagle, Archie. Yes I’m outnumbered, but I absolutely love my boys.
Are you lockdown thriving or lockdown surviving?
LOVING LOCKDOWN. I am in lockdown with my 3 favourite boys. Yes it’d be lovely to be with my parents and sister, but this will do for now.
Describe your lockdown experience in three words.
Laughter. Walks. Baking.
Are you working from home or home schooling the children? If so how is it going for you?
I’m not working, but the hubby is, so there’s a few times throughout the day where Finley and I need to disappear whilst he is on conference calls.
What are your top tips to get through the not so good days?
Remind myself that this isn’t a permanent thing, and that I’m in a very lucky situation.
Have a bath. Once my hubby has finished work and I’m no longer solely in charge of Finley, I nip off to the bath, light nice smelling candles, make sure there’s plenty of bubble bath, grab a glass of wine, get the iPad on with something to watch, and just relax.
What are the things you do in lockdown to keep you happy and sane?
Dance around the kitchen. My favourite is dancing and singing at the top of my lungs to songs like Don’t cha, call on me, etc. whilst my hubby is working hard. He on the other-hand isn’t impressed.
How are you making Live with Laura work for you?
I love that I can do the workouts whenever I can fit them in. Sometimes it’s at 9.30am, other times it’s at 6.30pm. It just depends on how I’m feeling, but also when the baba is sleeping/with my hubby.
I also love the fact that I feel like I’m at a proper class. Sometimes I’m thankful that I’m not with other women with all the grunts, noises and facial expressions I make! Ha.
Your lockdown recommendations:
So I’m sort of a strange person who doesn’t really like to sit and watch tv/read books that much. I’m either watching shows like Stella, or great British menu…
What are the first 3 things you are going to do when lockdown is lifted?
- To go for walks in the mountains/round lakes.
- Drop Finley off with my parents and get dressed up and have a date night with the hubby
- To see my girlies.
What 3 things will you miss about lockdown?
- It just being me and the boys.
- Going on long walks without a care in the world.
- Being a lockdown alcoholic (can I say that?!)