Furlough, lockdown and the last 6 months have felt strange, almost alien. Since it’s a scenario we’ve never faced before, I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to feel about any of it. One thing’s for sure, it was overwhelming and unnerving in the beginning. I didn’t feel like I was standing on steady ground, reassurance and certainty about the future felt miles away. Despite it all, it made complete sense and was the best possible action for the business to make. It needed to happen.
While I was on furlough, I felt a bit stranded for a while. I love my routine a lot and being busy even more than that, so the aimlessness that came at the beginning of furlough was a hard pill to swallow. In scenarios like these, mindset is everything. I believed that this wouldn’t be forever, it was entirely out of anyone’s control and it truly was the best temporary solution all things considered. So, I spent my time being productive and bettering myself in other ways – deepening my knowledge via reading books and completing courses, and through such established my own 9-5 that meant something.
Self-care was a major part of the process too. I went on lots of long walks to banish those creeping negative thoughts. That element was really important, and still is. With things still being so uncertain, moving at a glacial pace is okay when it’s in the right direction. A lot of my time away was spent figuring out what the right thing was – it’s different for everyone and a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t necessarily apply. My main point of focus was knowing that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere along the line – which I’m so glad I was right about!
Despite the state of the world not having changed much, I’m so happy and grateful to have returned from furlough. It’s nice to feel needed and important, and like your efforts are valued and worth something. Working from home is a whole new experience that I’ve grown to really love – I’ve created a little productivity haven at home which brings me so much joy. In times like these, it’s important to take the good moments where they come and make the most of what we have, which I’m embracing with full force!