Reevaluating Our Lives

I am seeing a lot of people in my work who are considering making changes to their lifestyle since the pandemic started. 

In fact, in London the estate agents federation have seen a dramatic rise in enquiries from people wanting to move from the City to the country. 

I am also being told that some of this activity is due to the change in working patterns for many people. If you are going to predominantly work from home and no longer need to be close to the city, then why not make that view from your home a more conducive one!

What is striking for me is the way that this enforced isolation, which has been brought about through necessity, has afforded us an opportunity to reevaluate our lives. Helping us to, perhaps, examine the realities of our daily existence. 

So maybe it’s time to ask ourselves some searching questions. Take this time to analyse what we want and how we might obtain it. 

Or maybe all you want is for everything to return to your “normal”.  

For me, the pandemic has brought about change and innovation in my practice. 

Whereas before I would have always preferred face to face working with clients I am now seeing the benefits of working with people who are in their own homes via technology. There is a degree of comfort and safety and security about talking to someone whilst being in their own space.

It also cuts down on lateness and missed appointments through train strikes and the like. I, too, am less stressed by having to travel to and from work; although I still like to go into my physical practice in London one day a week. 

I feel that some good has come out of the pandemic. Some of my worries though are around the erosion of workers rights. I saw only this weekend how some call centre staff, working from home, are going to have a “robot supervisor” (my definition) who is able to assess how much time they spend in the loo and how long etc!! For me this is an erosion of personal rights. And it’s encroaching on our own private space. 

This sort of scrutiny is a little too close to Big Brother for me!

Of course for those working at the coalface of the pandemic, and for those whose lives have been forever blighted by illness or even death, this has been a time of great pain and difficulty. So we can never be complacent about the enormous toll this has taken on family, community and society in general. 

I wonder how all of this will impact us in the near future?

And the long term?

If this blog has raised questions in your mind which you would like to discuss further, please do contact me.

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