My lockdown life: Ellie Voci
Our graphic designer shares what it’s like to be in lockdown far from home.
Isolated in a foreign country [France]
Because of my job as a designer, my work style has been impacted very little by coronavirus. However, my laptop broke end of April due to a coffee accident… and that changed my work situation. After two long weeks, I finally received my replacement, so it’s back to work for me behind a screen!
Something that’s really impressed me was how areas of London came together to find ways to be creative. Bermondsey in particular. I follow a couple of the independent coffee/drinks spots around there and they came up with a very cool “cocktails-at-home” kit for anyone who orders drinks from them via Deliveroo.
Very little… I’m a tad embarrassed to admit that under times of high stress (like a global pandemic!), I tend to mentally turn inwards. Coupled with the fact I have spent the last two months in lockdown in a different country where I don’t speak the language, I’m not feeling particularly sociable.
Absolutely nothing. I strongly believe this period of slowdown could be beneficial to certain people, under the right conditions. This wasn’t the case for me and I think it’s important to acknowledge that this is a very stressful, tragic period for many people, places, and businesses.
Instead, I am looking forward to getting back to London and to be a part of what I hope will be a new green movement to encourage us all to walk and cycle more. I’ve even bought a bike to arrive to my London flat (once I can return).
Get a haircut and a full head of highlights. I’ve avoided dying my hair pink and cutting it myself, but that’s not to say the thought hadn’t crossed my mind…
I have been religiously following a number of Instagram account for health and wellness content, steering clear of the mainstream news. I want content which calms and comforts me. I’ve turned to @motherheart for daily Zoom sound healing sessions and @ariellelorre for easy, healthy recipes and podcasts that I can listen to when I do my hour exercise walk.
When the lockdown first started, I’d say I was consuming wine on a nightly basis. My favourite is a glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with dinner. However, after eight weeks of consistent drinking, my jeans told me it was time to give it a rest – so for the time being I’m not drinking at all.