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If you are still working outside of the home, how are you feeling?

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TravellingSpoon Sat 25-Apr-20 07:57:53

Got 2 late shifts today this weekend and feeling beyond tired. I work in social care and it's so hard to be motivated at the moment, I hate how different work is. I have stopped watching the news and instead I am reading the graphs thread on here.

I am fine once I get in but I dread going in.

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Kingcole Sat 25-Apr-20 08:00:19

Yes 6 day care stint. Slightly annoyed by men in lycra cycling around all day! hmm

SophieB100 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:01:22

I know what you mean OP, I work in a school, and go in to work with the key worker kids etc., and I get quite anxious at the thought of it, but once I'm there, I'm fine, actually glad to be there and crack on with it. I do shower and stick my clothes in the washing machine when I get home though! I think anxiety is draining, I never sleep before I go to work either, because I'm worried about it. Stupid, but that's the way I am! Take care.

Kingcole Sat 25-Apr-20 08:06:29

Yes it is the anxiety before work and feel better when I have done my first call. I ordered a visor off Amazon as we only had 2 to share. We have a few customers with persistent coughs and been discharged from hospital with pneumonia. Very unsettling times as we have sadly had a few deaths.

Thankssomuch Sat 25-Apr-20 08:11:24

I also feel anxious about going in mainly because my work wasn’t going that well prior to Covid and I worry continually about the next appraisal, given that I’m now not being that productive. However I feel less anxious actually going in to work to try and get stuff done (I am a key worker).

Itisasecret Sat 25-Apr-20 08:14:53

I feel fine, what annoys me are all the people who think the rules of the road no longer apply. They presume roads are empty, so drive in the middle, randomly pull out, perform manoeuvres without checking. It’sa surprise there haven’t been more accidents.

joystir59 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:24:08

Feel anxious about colleagues being infectious. I'm a cleaner in a team. I clean my own section on my own but at the start and end of the shift we usually zit together in the staff room. I've stopped doing this, along with another colleague but the others still congregate, very unwisely IMO. They sit spaced out with the door propped open but its a small room and I think they are taking a risk.

joystir59 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:24:45

Zit together! grin

happypotamus Sat 25-Apr-20 08:24:48

Getting the bus there and back makes me anxious and sometimes my anxiety goes a bit mad about the risks of being at work in close contact with people, but usually I am ok once I get there, and, to be fair, I had days of worse anxiety about work than this before coronavirus. I feel very lucky that I have to go to work so I can see and talk to other people outside of my own family too and focus on other stuff.

ChangingStates Sat 25-Apr-20 08:27:48

Mixed feelings for me. I am a teacher on a rota in a school and go in twice a week. I am grateful to have a job and a pay packet when so many are losing theirs, I feel glad to see happy faces and smiles, to have conversations with adults (single parent) and enjoy the break from lockdown norm. It feels good to be contributing in some way by enabling key workers to work, we also cook & feed the vulnerable in the community and deliver food parcels to those who need- school is in a highly deprived area. However I am also more anxious when there and constantly think about what I am touching and who has touched it before- washing and gelling hands frequently and washing clothes and showering when I get home.

nevernotstruggling Sat 25-Apr-20 08:30:11

Social worker here. I'm frustrated by the behaviour of my employer but otherwise I'm ok. Now we adjusted to the routine we are doing better. Kids are in educare I don't have a choice.

Dragonsanddinosaurs Sat 25-Apr-20 08:33:12

I feel very grateful to be still going to work. It gives me a sense of normality that I really appreciate at the moment.

SophieB100 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:37:14

@ChangingStates, I am exactly the same as you in the school I work in! I could have written your post! I then go through the day when I get home, and wonder if I took any unnecessary risks!

EnthusiasmIsDisturbed Sat 25-Apr-20 08:37:52

I feeling less anxious now and have settled into the new norm

We have managed to care for those that have covid (mh unit) and it hasn’t yet spread as much as I thought it would

But that this is how we shall be working for some time gets me down and other issues are starting the arise (through boredom)

I feel absolutely drained and it’s worse not seeing an end to this

runningtogetskinny Sat 25-Apr-20 08:40:11

I feel angry at people complaining about being bored or having to work from home, I work in a home for teenagers, they don't think the risks apply so are still going out, taking drugs, going missing etc.etc. This all places staff at risk but the only PPE we are using is sanitiser gel. I can't see family as I'm a risk to them due to high chance of contracting it so my DD is staying with her boyfriend. I love my job but equally I'd love to be safely at home

iwishiwasonhol Sat 25-Apr-20 08:40:13

supermarket worker here ,swing from being all fine to being anxious ,walking into work ,rather than take the bus ,sick of people moaning when I ask them to wait and stand behind the line before unloading ,sick of people "just popping in for a few bits" moaning because the fitting rooms are shut ,pleased im now off for a weeks hols and can spend some time with my dd whos sick of being stuck in on her own rather than at school with friends

milkysmum Sat 25-Apr-20 08:44:03

I'm a nurse in a residential home for adults with mental health needs. I'm in 5 days a week as normal.
Initially the team were really anxious but seems to have settled down. Tricky getting our residents to understand and adhere to guidance but we are doing what we can.
I do get irritated by people who are not working, moaning that they are bored, or treating the whole thing like an extended bank holiday!

SeaOtterFluff Sat 25-Apr-20 08:52:46

I'm not on the front line, but work in food supply chain so still going into the factory every day. DH is a lorry driver so also working as normal. I'm feeling very disconnected from my friends and family in some ways - they're all bored and learning to crochet/ bake/ play the flute while being furloughed and I'm still getting up a 6am to work a full day while juggling teenagers and elderly parents and running a house. I'm exhausted and, very selfishly and unreasonably, wishing I was furloughed. I'm not worried about catching the virus - I work in a high care environment so we take extra hygiene precautions as a matter of course and I am fairly well isolated in my office. On good days, I'm glad I still have my routine and income but on bad days I'm anxious and can't concentrate.

bluetongue Sat 25-Apr-20 08:53:08

I’m happy to be still going into the office. Firstly because it means I still have a job and secondly because I live by myself so appreciate the company (I actually like most of my coworkers). Luckily Covid numbers are extremely low in the city I live in so the risk is tiny.

I do think some of the Mumsnetters having a lovely time on furlough might be in for a rude shock when they don’t have a job to go back to.

MilkRunningOutAgain Sat 25-Apr-20 08:54:05

Shouldn’t really be posting as wfh myself but I have time on my hands and both DH and DS are working outside the home, DH commuting, train and tube, to an office in central London and DS locally at a supermarket. Both of them talk and act as though they are extremely happy to get out the house and work, rather than be stuck at home all the time. DS has several friends from school that he sees at work. It’s a part time sixth form job - whoever thought it would lead to him being a key worker? He took extra shifts during the Easter break, and the shop want him to continue working longer hours, but he has refused now school term has started again. I think the job has really helped him with getting through all this. DH is in shipping, he is super busy and stressed trying to organise what is usually an office full of people to work mainly from home, when a lot of it is paper based and there is loads of post to deal with. He is trying to wfh, but needs to go in 2-3 days a week. DH says there are very few people on the train, but dislikes the tube, it’s quiet but he has witnessed people being harassed a couple of times and has felt powerless to help. The train is on a severely reduced timetable but at least it has been reliable. He has got a taxi a few times, and his work is covering the cost. At the office there are just a handful of staff in every day, it’s on a rota basis, and again is not a problem. There is a lot of driving paper files to people’s houses for them to work on from home, DH is organising this, though not actually doing it. Luckily quite a few of the people he works with live relatively close to each other, which makes more wfh possible.

Tumbleweed101 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:54:10

I’m happy going into work - as a single parent it means I get to see grown ups! We have the same staff in (just four still working) and the same key worker children so although there is risk it’s reasonably limited to the same families. We don’t allow family into the nursery, they collect children at the main door.

I guess in my work exposure to viruses and other things is a day to day risk anyway so you kind of lose a bit of fear about it. The children have been really healthy since lockdown - no colds or normal illness and our chicken pox outbreak has been stopped before it got started!

StrawberryBlondeStar Sat 25-Apr-20 08:56:24

I really enjoy it. It’s nice to see other people (talk from a safe distance). Almost feels a bit normal. Although the amount of cleaning the amazing cleaners were doing yesterday I may have just been high off all the fumes!

welshweasel Sat 25-Apr-20 08:58:38

I’m a hospital doctor. To be honest I’m glad I can still go to work full time as it’s easier than being at home 24/7 with two small children! Husband is working full time too so life is relatively normal other than we now have a nanny rather than taking kids to nursery every day. There were a couple of very stressful weeks at work when we were approaching peak and we still hadn’t got PPE completely sorted but now the hospital is quieter than I’ve ever seen it and I’m spending most of my time planning strategies to return to doing some non emergency work.

insancerre Sat 25-Apr-20 09:03:02

I’m a nursery manager and I’m still working 40 hours a week
I was a bit anxious at first but I’m really enjoying it
I have 2 members of staff in and between 4 and 8 children
I’ve deep cleaned the nursery, sorted and tidied everything, caught up on all my paperwork and I’m still taking registrations for September
Also, I finally found out yesterday that I got a pay rise on the 1st April so financially I’m better off
I also loving the walk to work in the mornings, it’s so quiet and the weather is gorgeous

Letsdrinkgin Sat 25-Apr-20 09:03:52

We are busy. Everything is normal as can’t do social distancing and no one seems bothered by it either. I’m not. Courier drivers are the same

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