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These are strange times. Lockdowns made us appreciate morning coffee with colleagues, check-in queues at the airport, in person dates, hanging out with friends worry-free. They made us appreciate how much we mean to each other. Here we anonymously share our stories, struggles, triumphs and secrets.

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I know I can take positives out of this year - more time and better...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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04.01.2021

I know I can take positives out of this year - more time and better relationships with my young family, knowing that my work-life balance has shifted for the better, likely forever - but it has been very hard to not become overwhelmed by the negatives. Without the ability to find alone time or to be away from partner and family so that you miss them more, without the ability to do things for yourself or by yourself rather than the endless repetition of work-dinner-bath and bedtime-sleep, AGAIN and AGAIN, I've felt the most hopeless in my whole life. And then consumed by guilt for actually having a family, or not having any personal bereavement through the virus, or being sad but in a larger house than colleagues. The cycle of 'I feel bad. And now I feel bad about feeling bad' is a tough one to get out of.

I must stop drinking alcohol. And I really want to but with...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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03.01.2021

I must stop drinking alcohol. And I really want to but with everything I read today about possible Tier 5 I really won't know what to do with myself if I must stay in the house most of the time. Right now I can't fall asleep until I have a pint or two. I just want this madness to stop...

From being extroverted to shying away from an extra chat with a...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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02.01.2021

From being extroverted to shying away from an extra chat with a neighbour. It’s just exhausting and I got used to being more at my own. If I wouldn’t have a husband and a dog, I probably would have gone mad. How others cope on their own?! Bored as hell not have any change of scenery. Watched GOT - finally! And Big Bang Theory, and Suits, and, and.... Long story short: Netflix - done ✅ It feels like life is on pause since March. Total disorientation. Vacuum. And guilt of not doing enough, motivating myself enough, eating clean enough and developing myself enough. Feels like a wasted time. Tired of searching for a greater meaning... I want to get back on track.

It's time for New Year's resolution but I have no idea what to say to...

Travel

Sweden

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01.01.2021

It's time for New Year's resolution but I have no idea what to say to myself after all the s**t in 2020. I don't even feel like planning anything. I want to be free again, to travel, meet people...

My story is a mixed bag of emotions, it has been one of the toughest...

Family & friends

United Kingdom

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31.12.2020

My story is a mixed bag of emotions, it has been one of the toughest years from a family perspective as I've lost family members during the Pandemic. Being a positive person I try to see the bright side, I definitely started to appreciate the life I had before the pandemic so much more. Everything I have experienced - travel, social events, getting a latte at the local bakery, the little things matter now more than before.

I'm pretty sure the government just wants me to smash drugs like a...

Other

United Kingdom

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31.12.2020

I'm pretty sure the government just wants me to smash drugs like a f*****g champion. I don't get the point though. Sure you get total control if everyone is on benefits, but 1) you can't afford that forever as we pay for it and 2) who wants to rule over a bunch of people that hate and cheat you or submit to your regime and are subsequently totally worthless?

Sometimes I think this is just a dream and that tomorrow I will wake...

Work

New Zealand

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24.11.2020

Sometimes I think this is just a dream and that tomorrow I will wake up, have a breakfast and go back to school. I miss my class, students, the smell of classroom in the morning...

To survive the lockdown I masturbate frequently. I dont have a job...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

To survive the lockdown I masturbate frequently. I dont have a job right now, being furloughed for some time ended up being redundant. But Im OK. Also online shopping helped. I got my stuff online, no need to go to the shops. Bliss. And Im applying for new jobs. And still masturbating.

I sometimes dont wear clothes while Im working from home. My team...

Work

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

I sometimes dont wear clothes while Im working from home. My team doesnt do video calls and its very hot in my apartment so I dont wear clothes. Im literally sitting naked for most of my morning and I also work from my bed. Im checking my emails and answer calls. The best ones are while Im sitting on the loo

I left the building to do some shopping and after touching the doors...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

I left the building to do some shopping and after touching the doors handle I accidentally touched my mouth. I couldnt sleep whole night wondering if I picked up corona virus from that handle. It was few weeks ago so I guess Ill be fine :))

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I'm pretty sure the government just wants me to smash drugs like a f*****g champion. I don't get the point though. Sure you get total control if everyone is on benefits, but 1) you can't afford that forever as we pay for it and 2) who wants to rule over a bunch of people that hate and cheat you or submit to your regime and are subsequently totally worthless?

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about lockdown stories

This is a place where we share what we miss the most, we embrace the grief over our losses, we open up about our feelings of isolation, we laugh at our hilarious moments, drop the odd insights gained, recognise hidden blessings, see through the eyes of people who are looking through different lenses. How will we look back at this peculiar time 20 years from now?

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