Coming to terms with the "New Normal"

As of the time of writing this, the UK is now in its 4th week of lockdown and that is set to continue for at least a few more weeks, if not months. It looks like, just maybe, we are starting to flatten the curve. 

I don’t know about you, but this has been a real period of reflection for me. Yes, I’ve been extremely worried. My parents are both very ill and in a nursing home, my eldest daughter has bad asthma, and I have friends on the front line. Like many businesses, has had it’s income temporarily switched off overnight. Let’s not even talk about the fact that I also co-purchased a chain of restaurants in January! So, yes, I’m a little worried about money too. It’s horrible. 

And although I’ve made the most of the situation, I’ve been struggling with sleep and struggling to get into a proper routine. I can’t even blame that on the working from home thing, as I did that a lot before all this, and I’m privileged to have my own lovely home office, completely separate from the house. This led me to my first big observation about where we are right now:  

It’s s**t, I feel s**tty, but it’s OK to feel s**tty, it’s normal

We are going through an emotional process, very similar to grief, that we must go through in these times, as Professor Ivan Robertson, explains, we are moving from acute uncertainty to disruption, to adaption, to the “New Normal”. 

It’s highly likely that most of us are still in the uncertainty or disruption phases. We can do something about that, and I’ll talk more about that next week, but for now, I’m accepting it’s s**t, and trying to get OK with it. 

Ian Hacon, Founder at
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