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    Default What’s your silver lining?

    What positives have you found to the current isolation guidelines?

    We’ve been eating meals together a lot more which we can’t do when DH is working.

    No pressure to go out means more time to play and DD1 is loving it.

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    I love this. I’m a perennial pessimist but have surprised myself with being grateful for a few things during isolation. Here goes:

    1: I’m heavily pregnant and enjoying not commuting 5 days a week.
    2. I’m enjoying having all of my friends around the world available to video call most time’s rather than missing them always due both our work commitments. We all have more time in general.
    3. I’m enjoying the extra phone communication that I’m organically having with friends locally as we are all naturally checking in with each other due to this and trying to make each other laugh.
    4. The funny videos circulating are priceless and give me and DH some real belly laughs at the end of the day.
    5. The lack of rushing. I’m finding that I’m a lot more patient with my daughter and feeling less stressed in general.
    6. Working from home has been good in that colleagues and I are feeling less rushed and we’re loving work with no makeup and in leggings!
    7. I’m enjoying having my DH as an ‘office’ team mate.
    8. I’m enjoying the less pressure I put on myself to organise social catch ups every weekend.
    9. I’m enjoying being very grateful for my job.

    Of course I miss the freedom I had, more so for my daughter as she loves play dates so much. But if she’s temporarily got a more patient mama for a spell then it’s traded off well I hope. I love seeing her with friends so that does makes me sad but we remind her a lot that they are there.

    Overall I think that there will be some valuable lessons for humanity after this.

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    Not spending money going places with the kids. Not eating out. Definitely not spending money like we normally do 🤪

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    I've been walking around the racecourse near my house, its about a 30 minute walk, every morning with my adult daughter who lives in her own house. I've lived here for 18 years and only walked around the walking track a handful of times. But now that exercising is one of the few 'reasons to be out' it has become a LOT more attractive and basically the only way I can see her, cant go to her house or we are over the '2 person limit" and she cant come to mine for the same reason.

    DEFINITELY eating a lot more fresh vegetables because everything else has gone up in price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Not spending money going places with the kids. Not eating out. Definitely not spending money like we normally do 🤪
    Yes! I’ve realised how much we spend on eating out and I’m hoping we can stick to eating at home more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mum-I-Am View Post
    Yes! I’ve realised how much we spend on eating out and I’m hoping we can stick to eating at home more.
    We eat out every weekend! I do cook a lot, especially during the week but eating out is just so convenient on the weekends!

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    Default What’s your silver lining?

    My other one is that I used to walk my dog because dogs need exercise but now it’s what I look forward to every day.... I get 45 mins of peace and fresh air after being inside most of the day.

    We go for a walk with the kids and the dog and then I take her so my dog is loving it too because she gets 2 walks.

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    Staying at home all together at the same time! DH and I have been doing 6 day long weeks since mid Jan and have just been seeing DS on Sunday’s between work, school and after school activities and sport so the last 2 weeks have been lovely family time plus so much more time to bake and cook recipes that take more than 20 mins to put together!

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    Default What’s your silver lining?

    The same as everyone else - DH being home, spending heaps of time together as a family without the pressure of feeling like we should be ‘doing something’. Much less spending on restaurants and going out. Lots of time outdoors, walking through the bush, going to bike and scooter rides, heaps of time at the beach. We had a game of family soccer at the park today. It’s like being on holiday. We are having a ball (aside from missing DH’s dad and my parents, and worried about $ with DH not working). I could really get used to this, wonder if we will simply our lives post COVID?
    Last edited by babyno1onboard; 04-04-2020 at 18:55.

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    I don't feel pressured to socialise 🤷‍♀️

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