THE BUNKER BIBLE x 7NEWS REPORTER & MUM-TO-BE JESS RIDLEY
I was feeling incredibly anxious and overwhelmed. Being in a busy newsroom reacting to ever-changing events and circumstances has been quite full on.
Things that we said would never happen, like footy matches being played to empty stadiums or city lockdowns, shut borders, are happening.
There are so many variables out of our control. Adding to this, I’m 32 weeks pregnant with our first child so it’s just added a whole other list of valid worries about my maternity care and health of my baby.
But I’m starting to level out and gain some perspective. These extraordinary events act as a test of our character and also make you appreciate the things you took for granted for so long.
Here’s three things I feel grateful for:
A job! And a company that supports me working from home, even though it’s one of the least likely jobs to be practical for this arrangement.
My amazing husband Ben, who is so supportive and level-headed.
The village of friends and neighbours we have around us that we will be relying on in the months ahead, given both our families are in Western Australia.
The best thing that happened to me this week is:
We went for a drive up the coast with the dog on the weekend, just to clear our heads and have some time together to appreciate what we have amongst all of the change.
It’s good to take those moments out. I also logged off social media for a week, just to declutter my head and focus. I 100% recommend doing this.
I highly recommend a Netflix/Stan/Apple TV binge on:
Loved Morning Wars. Also really enjoyed Money Heist (it’s a Spanish series, but has been dubbed and you won’t notice the further in you get).
But I’m actually hopeless and can’t stay awake for half of a film.
I’m loving listening to:
I’ve started putting on some of my old favourites like John Mayer’s old stuff and Coldplay and singing really loudly as I clean around the house! It makes me feel a lot better.
Not podcasting at the moment (my brain cannot handle any more information).
My favourite bunker down snack is:
A good ice cream! Like a Connoiseur Cookies and Cream.
But I make every mouthful last, because I know it’s not going to be that easy to duck into the shops for a while.
This Instagram page is giving me muchos LOLs:
Just love the humour of the Betoota Advocate. They just take the piss out of every situation so perfectly.
Also loving ‘Influencers in The Wild’, by Tank Sinatra. I find it fascinating some of the content still being churned out on socials, despite all the madness.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed I:
Go to bed early. Walk the dog. Call a friend. Do some Pilates (loving Fluid Form at Home with Kirsten King!!)... and focus on my breathing. I tell myself, we’re going to get through this and its going to be one hell of a good story.
The strangest thing I’ve seen about the situation so far is:
I don’t think we’ll ever be able to live down the toilet paper hysteria we’ve seen in recent weeks. Some of those pictures will define us as a nation from here on in.
In tricky times, I feel calm when I:
Leave the phone at home, go to the park, hold hands with hubby and look up at the sky.
Any final words of wisdom?:
We all thrive on routine. Children and adults alike. So, sit down and write yourself a day to day schedule of regular wake ups, exercise, breaks from work. Keep a to do list of things you need to achieve (and maybe even people to stay in regular contact with). There’s no point wallowing in sorrow. We have to push ourselves through this to survive.
It’s also proven that generosity and kindness makes you a happier person. We are all impacted by this and it really helps to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and lend a hand where you can.