Coming out of COVID lockdown in Sydney

How did you cope with this latest lockdown in Sydney for the past three and a half months that we were in it?

I know from my personal experience I chose to really reduce the work that I was doing and spend quality time with the family while we’re all at home.

I thought – I know we had lockdown last year and I didn’t really embrace that at the time. So, this time around I decided that I wanted to spend that time by really cherishing it with the family while we could be together.

Because ultimately, and hopefully, this is the only one pandemic that we’re going to live in our lifetime (who knows what the future is going to bring), but I thought my boys are getting older now and this is really the only last chance that I’ll have really good quality time with them before I feel like I’ll close my eyes and open them and they’ll be leaving the nest.

So, I used the time to really embrace time with family and to practice self-care. I used it to recharge myself. Hence, the “radio silence”.

This is what I did do

I did some business planning behind the scenes.

I also started another business that I’m so passionate about and allowed myself to be passionate about called the “The Divine Hummingbird” (on Instagram at the moment) which is to do with things around spirituality and self-care.

This change came about because I do engage with the spirituality of life (to some aspects) and I’m no longer going to hide that, I’m embracing it and it actually feels right.

My question to you

When you went through this lockdown – if you’re based in Sydney, Victoria or anywhere else where you’ve been in a kind of long-term lockdown – what did you do?

How did you cope?

Do you feel like you right made the right decisions about the time spent?

I understand many people would have gone in different ways, and those ways would have been to either:

a. Bunker down and really get into the work and churn it out and use that time to thrive or push through with their business.

b. Recharge the batteries and practice self-care.

c. Just relax and went with the flow. Maybe it wasn’t to the extreme of a. and b. but may have been some self-care, some business planning, and some work, but just taking it easy and having gratitude.

I hope that you’re doing well on the back of this lockdown, as we’re opening back up now. And hope that you can move forward in a way that is serving you and your customers as well in a way that is beneficial.

The last thing I’d like to say is that I really hope you’re living your life with passion and what it means to you and really striving and hitting those success markers and what they mean to you because they are different for everybody.

No one can judge you. No one can tell you whether you’re doing something right or wrong, all you can do is go with your gut, and your head and your heart in a way that you feel is best for yourself and the work that you’re doing and people that you’re serving.

Knowing that the decisions you’re making to make things easier for you so that you can run your business effectively, so you can have that quality time with your family, so you can live a life of happiness, ease and satisfaction. I think that is a great quality to have.

I’ve been reflecting on this myself – where I want to be and where I’m going, and I just feel so relaxed in the king of what that is and where I’m going. And I feel like “yep, this is a right thing” and I hope you do too because it’s not worth it if you’re putting stress or pressure on yourself to be something else or push yourself so hard.

In my opinion, it’s not worth it.

Are you doing things that you’ve always wished and dreamed of? If not, maybe this is a sign to ask yourself, should I be doing something different? Should I be going in that direction of where I want to be or change tactics? What changes do I need to make?

And if you are living that life you imagined – all I can say is kudos to you. You’re doing a great job and keep going.

Natalie Campbell