Bored while Self-Isolating? Here are some Ducks!

Blog Mar 23, 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak took us all by surprise…

For many of us the emergence of the COVID-19 virus has changed all our plans for the upcoming months. I had booked trips to Sweden and Spain with my best friend, I also had an amazing work placement opportunity lined up with the BBC to be a  production runner for their show “The Big Questions!”. Since the COVID-19 outbreak all of my trips have been cancelled, my work placement was cancelled, my University was closed, and my graduation postponed.

While all my friends began to self-isolate I became lonely and a bit frustrated as I sat in my gloomy room and worked on the essays I needed to submit online. The boredom and lack of contact with others not only made me feel lonely but also very ‘low energy’. I felt my motivation slipping away and my enthusiasm ebbing off.

That’s around about the time I travelled down to my sister’s place. Rather than be alone during the crisis I decided to be safe with family and do everything I needed to do from the comfort of my home.

In the early hours of a Saturday morning I left campus and nervously got on a coach to Reading.

Everyone was sitting as far from each other as humanely possible. Several people were wearing face masks and there were even a group in full hazmat suits, every exposed section of their skin protected by thin plastic as if they were forensic investigators and were about to venture onto the scene of a crime.

It was scary, everyone was so quiet and a single cough from one person lead to a heavy fear spreading quickly around, I almost felt like despairing, but then as the Bus drove I saw the glow of the sun and I felt my mood lighten.

When I got to Reading and met up with my Sister we decided that we didn’t want to panic. We wanted some good mental health. So rather than be upset we decided to both go on a socially distanced walk to the park.

That’s when I saw the Ducks…

Now I don’t know about you but Ducks make me super excited and happy, perhaps it’s their ruffled feathers or the strange curve of their beaks, but I felt my endorphins rising. Seeing these cute and calm creatures reminded me that while there is a crisis it isn’t the end of the world.

While self-isolating at home it may be hard to remember the world beyond the frames of your windows, but it’s still there. The animals are still breathing, the wind is still blowing, and the sun is still shining.

My advice for the people that feel frustrated during this crisis as they sit at home, is to think of the Ducks. As you think of the Ducks remember that it will all be okay in the end, we all need to stay optimistic. Also while it isn’t advised to go outside in large crowds, you can still take a socially distanced walk from time to time and open your window for some fresh air.

Thank for reading and I hope you have a happy and healthy day…


Alexia J. Barrett

I am a Creative Writer, Indie Author, Podcast Host, and Development Researcher. I’m also an aspiring filmmaker and I’m working towards becoming a self-shooting Producer and Director.

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