This week marks the end of our first week at level 3 and more than 40 days of Aotearoa’s nationwide lockdown. While it’s good to celebrate our progress through the levels, this week also holds a significant emotional toll for many:
(a) those returning to work in new and unusual circumstances;
(b) those staying at home stuck in ‘Groundhog Day’ – for some they may have had different expectations of Level 3
(c) Essential workers are carrying a heavy load
(d) Many parents are feeling the stretch of supervising education at home while often having to manage their own at-home work
Even as we experience greater freedom and expand our bubbles, cultivating wellbeing for ourselves and our communities remains an essential part of our pastoral work.
Richard Black, a counsellor, communicator and founder of ‘Strength to Strength’ has made this helpful video for church leaders ‘Four Lessons from Lockdown.’ We highly recommend you take a moment to watch it.