Five a Day

So we’re going to be locked down for another three weeks.

I think it’s probably realistic to say ‘at least’.

My last post asked you to contact five people and just have a chat with them.

I think this has become even more imperative – there are a lot of people out there who may have coped well enough with the first three weeks of lockdown. But another three weeks? And potentially another? With every day that passes, the harder it will get.

So let’s take it a step further.

Can I ask you to contact five people a day, every day? It doesn’t have to be a deep and meaningful conversation – send them a daft picture of a kitten, or discuss the weather, or let them have a good solid whinge.

Who could be one of your five a day?

  • Neighbours
  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • In-laws
  • Old friends you haven’t spoken to for ages
  • Workmates who are self-isolating
  • People walking past your house when you’re in the garden (from a safe distance!)
  • People you meet on your hour of exercise (from a safe distance!)
  • Your kids’ friends
  • Your kids’ friends’ parents
  • Random people you may need to ring – the bank, the insurers. Just ask them how they are while you’re at it.
  • People you bump into (not literally) – at the supermarket, the pharmacy, the Post Office
  • An ex-colleague you haven’t seen for a while
  • Your LinkedIn contacts
  • The people in your address book
  • Your Facebook friends
  • The people on your Christmas card list
  • Anyone you know who lives alone

Don’t assume that because someone appears to be coping on the outside, they really are coping on the inside. But a chat might be just enough to take their mind off of things for just a little while.

This situation that we find ourselves in, this new life that we find ourselves living, is, I think, going to get harder before it gets easier. It won’t be forever – but it will be longer than we thought it would be. We need to help each other to get through.

Stay safe. Stay sane. It’s not forever. We can do this.

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