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.
Polly Rathbone Ward, Founder of Bath-based Rathbone HR Solutions, talks about structure, goals and the importance of getting outside in the daylight.
How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?
For me, the main impact of Lockdown 3.0 is the impact on my family and work, as I have 3 children. I am usually quite strict and structured with my own daily routines and I go for a 30-minute walk or run every day, but obviously with lockdowns we have all had to adapt. Now that we are in lockdown and the children are at home, they come with me on my daily 30-minute walk at lunchtimes. I’m very aware of physical and mental health during these uncertain times, for the children also, so this is important to us. Getting outside during the daylight is so important during these dark months. It’s also really nice to chat to them, as we are all very busy during the day!
Have you changed your New Year resolutions?
I find setting New Year goals very motivating, so I was excited about the start of 2021. Then lockdown was announced, so I had to adapt my plans. I felt frustrated and worried when I realised that schools would be closed. However, I quickly adjusted and I decided not to feel guilty about not achieving all the plans I had. Instead, I am grateful for the opportunities that Lockdown 3.0 has presented, such as spending more time with the children and having lunch with them. In terms of work, I am prioritising more effectively and set tasks that I absolutely must do every day.
Have you introduced any new rituals?
I have definitely become more of a ‘planner’ since Covid restrictions were imposed. I plan my monthly and weekly goals, and from that I create daily tasks. I find having this structure helps keep me on track without putting too much pressure on myself.
What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?
Being a natural ‘people person’ I cannot wait to spend time with groups of friends again and attend networking events, which I have really missed.
What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?
I have learned to slow down and be more present, rather than rushing from one thing to the next. I also worry less about the things that I cannot control. I am incredibly grateful for my surroundings in the wonderful city of Bath, the friends I have and the fantastic businesses I work with.
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