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Surviving Lockdown 2021 – Fraser and Katie

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We are celebrating how our community is using the 5 ways to well-being to get through lockdown (connect – be active – take notice – give – keep learning)

Next up is Fraser, longstanding member of the Pinkston staff team, and his girlfriend Katie, also a Pinkston instructor. They have been busy exploring close to home.

Here is their story:

“Lockdown has been particularly hard for both of us, I have been shielding ever since lockdown started last March and have not been able to do my job, go boating or visit a cinema, restaurant, pub, shop or other family members even when restrictions where loosened.

For Katie, she had spent the last 2 summers abroad working in Italy. When lockdown happened her planned trip to go rafting in Bulgaria was cancelled and as much as spending time in sunny Scotland is delightful, she was ‘buzzing’ to get away to another new country. So it’s clear to see it’s affected us both in a huge way. Both mentally and physically!

Our escapism has came in the wonderful parks of Glasgow and our lovely but sometimes energy draining dog Buzz. Buzz is a 1 year old beagle and beagles needs a lot of exercise to tire them out, so we came with the idea to visit as many parks in Glasgow as we can staying within the restrictions so that could get buzz out and not only give him the exercise he needs but also allow us to improve our own mental well-being

One of the parks we have used a lot is Springburn park, which is a 10 minutes walk from my house and not too far away from Pinkston, has been ideal for buzz but also for helping us get outdoors as both me and Katie are not great at sitting around the house. The fresh air, even if only for a short while makes a huge difference and it has also helped not just us but my family members I live with who have struggled during lockdown, talk about how they are feeling. It’s amazing what a simple walk can do.

So hopefully we can get back to things we love the most soon as possible, but at the same time, you might just find your next adventure is on your doorstep!”
If you would like to share your story – please drop us a message!


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