Here we go again. Lockdown in England. No netball, no going out, no contact. Although this time for me it’s different. I’m not at home for these four weeks, or however long Bozza is going to keep us in for this time. I decided to stay at uni with the girls. We have lots of exciting things planned such as exercising on the daily, baking (not banana bread), playing board games and on the wii and of course uni work but that’s inevitable. Two of my housemates are fellow netballers so we’re all equally gutted about no training, but we’re going to make it work. Thank God we have a post in the garden! I’d be #lost.
After just being allowed to go back to training in groups of 30 with UWNetball, this lockdown hit us quite hard. We were getting so excited about the prospect of games starting in Jan, working out new combos and just having fun being all together again! But BoJo said no no, and now we’re back to square one again. Over this lockdown, I plan on making healthier choices in what I eat and working out at least twice a day to go back to my teams fitter than ever. Uni life can suck you into the ease of cooking rubbish food and this is going to change.
However, although we are now in another lockdown I am so grateful to have been able to spend my 20th birthday with all my friends by going out and celebrating rather than them sitting on my driveway from 2m away. We had a really good time. Plans were slightly changed due to self isolation but we won’t talk about that. We ended up celebrating three times, one on my actual birthday where the girls treated me like a princess for the day. I am so happy to have them in my life. The second time Dan took me away to Bath for a night where we ran into Stephen Mulhern but I can’t say any more than that for now (stay tuned.) The third time we all managed to get together and dress up as a movie character from the 2000’s and celebrate properly. This was such a good night. We had appearances from Charlie’s Angles, Borat, Miss Congeniality, American Psycho and many more. Don’t ask me to recall anything though, that’s for another time.
I think the mentality for this lockdown should be “I’m healthy, I’m happy and I’m safe” and that’s all that matters. I know for a fact that anxiety may get the better of me on some days but that’s only normal so don’t forget that! I know I can talk to so many people who I trust about anxiety and worries and you should too. Talking is important. Sometime last week the University’s equestrian team produced a video about suicide awareness and I was lucky to be a part of it. I had to explain why I carry on. So that’s what I want you to do. I want you to tell me why you carry on. Please always know that people are there for you. See you soon x