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Going back into Work and School

Isobel Cosgrove - Friday, September 25, 2020

So has it really only been 6 months since Lockdown? Some days it feels like 6 years. Did I really write 10 blogs, and here I am writing another! Yet another transition, and so much change for us all to negotiate. How are the young children managing being back at school? Those who are shy have had some wobbles. And those of us who are older have had wobbles too, finding ourselves with others we have not seen for a while. It is tricky managing face to face contact, after so much self isolation for those who are more vulnerable. 

four children standing on dirt during daytime

And recently it has been Autumn Equinox, although that is hard to believe, as I have lunch at Cricks Corner, my local neighbourhood cafe. This has been a lifeline for me since it reopened at the end of May. I have sat in the sun, on the benches outside, surrounded by plants or young trees, for the whole summer (at a social distance). Tom, Hunter, Elena, Henry and Lauren have made my cortados, sold me eggs, fruit and flowers, and made me laugh (and sometimes cry) through the long, warm days. Thank you to you all. It has made all the difference to the time without friends, colleagues and family who live out of London. 

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So at this turning point in the year, as the sun moves into the Southern Hemisphere, and the days shorten, how will we continue to nourish ourselves? Making new connections at school, college, and work will definitely help, if we get the support there that we need. That depends upon teachers, lecturers, tutors and managers all understanding that going back to study and work is a challenge. It brings big gifts, and it also asks us to manage yet another big change in a relatively short period of time. 

I was working with colleagues this morning, and we all agreed that during a time of change, writing a personal, reflective journal will help us to have more contact with ourselves. And when we have that, there is a better chance that we will have more nourishing contact with others around us. We were all managing relative degrees of isolation, and time away from work and family. So sitting for half an hour a day with a journal helped us collect our thoughts, feelings and experiences. We could then face going back to the clinic, or to a meeting, or to meet a friend, with more inside of us. We could take that self knowledge and understanding into the next event, and this gave us a feeling of being a little more substantial, steady and centred. 

people sitting on chair in front of table while holding pens during daytime

Moving from inside to outside is often a big ask. Let's all get the support we need to make the move manageable and enjoyable. Then going back to school, college and work can be much more of a pleasure. 

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