Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Circus Journal

By Ben Carey on 1 February, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

Circus Journal Co-founder and Publisher, Simon Tapscott, talks e-scooters, thinking like a monk and more.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

Trying to spend as much time as I can outside and minimising my news intake. We live in an era of 24/7 news coverage and listening to LBC all day is not healthy! 

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

I’ve worked from home for years, so my working day is largely the same but with physical meetings replaced with Zoom.  I have two kids home-schooling, so my midday walk with members of the Bathford Dog Squad always provides a welcome break from my PC and the complaints that there is never any food.

Are you doing anything new?

I’m learning to become a monk!  I’m reading Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty which is all about finding balance and training your brain to overcome negative thoughts. I’ve also developed a rather child-like obsession with the new electric scooters in Bath. It’s important to have fun and keep some balance.

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

Travel and live music, especially festivals, and meeting people in coffee shops again. We are lucky to have so much technology available but there is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting.

What is your biggest goal this year?

I haven’t set any goals this year.  I am lucky and blessed to have work I enjoy and a healthy family. Learning how to live in the moment and appreciate the small things is as important to me as anything else.

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

This rock hurtling through space called Earth that we inhabit is more powerful than we realise, and capable of fighting back much harder than the damage we do to it. We would be wise to respect it more than we do.

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