What have you been up to during lockdown?
Since lockdown started I am fortunate and grateful to have not been ill or lost anyone to the virus. I have not worked as a therapist but I’ve been pretty busy. I’ve cleared an overgrown garden and had some fantastic bonfires. I’ve knocked a shed down with my axe, filled a skip and delivered food to people in need on my bike. Then I had my own tasks; promoting my therapy, studying an online social media marketing course and DIY. I created a terrace garden, built a deck from recycled planks and other tasks around the house incorporating power tools, as well as enjoying sleeping in.
Initially, when lockdown kicked in, I began to help my sister Kay who runs @larder_lancs in Preston. Kay has a background in food poverty, so with her experience combined with the kitchen facility in the cafe, all her contacts that donated food and the amazing volunteers that support The Larder she was able to create Cooking for Our Community. The lockdown highlighted the amount of elderly and vulnerable people that really need community support and providing them with healthy nutritious meals has been life changing for them. I’m very proud to be a small cog in a very progressive wheel of community support that the Larder Café provides.
Meanwhile, as a therapist, I created a seven day challenge ‘The Daily Energy Routine’, an exercise that I did daily and posted it on my holistic therapies Facebook page. I wanted to offer people suffering from stress, depression and anxiety some self-help to cope. It incorporated breathing, grounding, connecting brain function and balancing energies. I decided to do it wearing fancy dress! Yes, it was a challenge, I started wearing a Dalek costume, seriously how do you top that?! Filming solo was a challenge and then editing. I totally winged it but it turned out well and helped people, I got a lot of positive responses from it.
What are your plans for Life After Lockdown?
After lockdown is lifted, I will still be the general dogsbody in The Larder Café. I’d like to offer special deals on treatments for people in the cafe and I will be resuming appointments in my therapy room in Broadgate.
I’ve already booked a couple of trips, the fares were super cheap. I don’t have any money, so I banged it on my credit card. I am going to New York again and hopefully to work with the food poverty projects they have over there. Then to New Zealand where I’m a joint citizen to see good friends and share the Eden Energy techniques that I have learnt.