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5 reasons why this lockdown feels tougher than last time

Last March, I waltzed into lockdown like it would be our saviour and covid would soon be forgotten. Now almost a year on, we have been home for 2 months and have a roadmap back to some semblance of normality but with the admission that lives will be sacrificed.
This lockdown in 2021 has felt harder than those in 2020. But why?

The weather

Last time it was spring and summer. We could get out in the garden, go for walks. The warmth of the sun warmed our hearts (poetic, eh?!). Now it is cold. The motivation to be outside had dwindled if not disappeared completely.

We’re all tired

Tired of lockdown. Tired of restrictions. Tired of each other’s company. Tired of being kept apart from loved ones. Tired of being unable to travel, the same sights day after day. I want human contact, the spark of face to face conversation, things to talk about that don’t revolve around being stuck at home. We want to be in the same room as family without any of us being scared.

The daily stats are worse

120,000 dead. Loved ones unable to say goodbye. Thousands in hospital with a long road to recovery. Each day is heartbreaking as we hear the numbers: they are thankfully dropping but still so high and the personal stories lost in political rhetoric.

Work and school balance

Last time I was in the privileged position of being at home. We had a little work from the schools but not a great deal so we did more fun things like life skills and cooking. We focussed on projects that interested us like history and languages. Now the schools have been forced to create 3 hours for infants and 4 hours for junior. Each day. We are lucky to have two laptops so Matthew and Anya can work at the same time. But it means I can’t work as my laptop is busy.
I am working in school in afternoons and Zach is in school. But the guilt and fear bubble away under the surface. I feel torn between wanting to be at home with the kids and wanting to support the key worker families in our community and my colleagues. Twice weekly asymptomatic tests are no fun and I dread them being rolled out to children too.

The monotony

Nothing to look forward to. The same routine everyday. No spontaneous trips out. No meals out. Reliant on screens for work, school, entertainment.
Wishing you all good health, both mentally and physically. I hope the roadmap sees us safely on a journey away from coronavirus…


  1. I think the weather has a lot to do with why this lockdown has seemed harder. We’ve not been able to get out into the garden as much and it has been just grey & depressing. It was a bit of a novelty during the first lockdown now I can’t wait to get the kids back to school to have some time to myself.
    My youngest is doing at least 5 hours a day of learning, mostly online which is so much compared to the first lockdown when we baked, gardened and went for walks.
    Hopefully in a few weeks life starts to get back to a bit of normal x

  2. We were all in survival mode last time but this time everyone had time to prepare including teachers – delivering a full school day to 2 kids while looking after 2 others & working is simply impossible here! #mischiefandmemories

  3. I think the weather has definitely contributed to this one being harder. I also agree with what you say about thinking that the first one was a complete solution to the problem. Now we know that it isn’t and that essentially lockdown alone won’t get us back to normal. There’s a lot more vaccinating to be done and I am very hesitant to believe that there won’t be anymore lockdowns, maybe not as severe and as long as this one but I don’t for a second believe all restrictions will be gone by the 21st June, though I am praying for the day we don’t have to wear masks- I am so fed up of foggy glasses!

    Katrina x

  4. I know what you mean – it is definitely starting to feel pretty monotonous. Fingers crossed that the roadmap the govt. has announced is somewhat accurate and the numbers / stats go the way they are hoping. The warmer days make things better, but it is still rather boring! Hang in there xx #MischiefandMemories

  5. Here in the States it seems that lockdowns and trying to mitigate things were thrown away very quickly. There are some basic restrictions still but nobody was willing to do what needed to be done. 500k dead and it seems like maybe the vaccines are finally causing things to calm down but the cost has been horrible. #mischiefandmemories

  6. Totally agree with alllll of this – this lockdown has definitely felt so much harder! Just can’t believe it’s been nearly a year of it all! #mischiefandmemories

  7. I have struggled so much more during this lockdown. It’s affected so many peoples energy and mojo for all the reasons you have mentioned. I have been moaning about the demands of home schooling, I am grateful to our schools for everything they have managed to organise this time round however, that has been more pressure for the kids and parents alike x x #MischiefAndMemories

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  9. Sending hugs Laura. I don’t know how you’ve managed with 3. I agree with Natalie that the first time round it was a bit of survival mode that kicked in. For us, we’ve actually found the 2nd time round has been easier believe it or not. A huge part of that is because of how amazing our little ones school and teachers have been with virtual school. Thank you everyone working in the schools – in-person, virtual, and all the behind the scenes work – you’re beyond amazing! #mischiefandmemories xx

  10. This time round has been horrid. Of course we have had some good days, but I think we have all struggled way more. I enjoyed having the kids at home last time and we really did have a lovely time with long summer days. Even missing our holiday didn’t seem that bad, but this time we are all feeling it. I am learning to hate my house!!!


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