My neighbourhood

The best thing that has happened because of the pandemic is that people have started having more contact with their neighbours. In my neighbourhood in the north part of Sweden where I have lived the past 23 years, people barely said hi when seeing each other outside in the communal areas. Now families meet and have barbecues. Sometimes we sit outside and talk about everything from politics, food, clothes and most of the time about the weather which has been cold, rainy and cloudy almost every day. But I'm happy to have got to know my neighbours this summer.

Getting out

I feel privileged with job security, house, garden, two dogs and a loving husband. Self-isolation has been tough though because I thrive on other people's energy. I had to reinvent friendships and forge new ones via online forums, video chats, talking to neighbours when clapping to recognise essential workers... Routine has helped a lot, including coffee socials with colleagues. This has reshaped our relationships, often made them more personal. But regular sports and getting out of the house to be on my own has been essential for focusing on myself to store up energy for my new communities and healthy house life.

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