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Over the course of the final 12 months and a bit, many people have discovered ourselves, not essentially out of selection, branching out into new hobbies. Whether or not it’s been sourdough baking, moving into jigsaw puzzles, portray by numbers or international language movie watching, there’s a way that for many people, this final 12 months has been a voyage of discovery about who we’re and what we’re into. It seems like, if nothing else, lockdown has given us the prospect to mirror on what’s necessary to us.
“Hannah Barnes has arguably received extra strings to her bow than the typical human being”
Sponsored mountain bike athlete, Hydro Flask model ambassador, adventurer, nurse, yoga teacher and soon-to-be mum Hannah Barnes has arguably received extra strings to her bow than the typical human being.
We caught up together with her to search out out extra about what she’s been as much as during the last three hundred and sixty five days, her life within the Highlands, how she’s received on working for the NHS in such a unprecedented 12 months and the way she balances the assorted passions in her life. We additionally chatted with Hannah about her plans for the longer term, and received the reply to the largest query of all – scorching drink or chilly drink particular person?
What’s the final 12 months been like for you? How have you ever been holding up?
Just about a 12 months to this present day the nation went into the primary lockdown. Initially it was only for three weeks, so we wrote an enormous ‘to do’ checklist for round the home and backyard to be as productive as potential while not having the ability to go wherever.
Three weeks turned two months, three months and many others and we’ve been out and in of lockdown since. To be trustworthy, I’ve actually loved this time at dwelling. It’s the primary time in 10 years I’ve had an entire summer season at dwelling (aside from a 5 day journey to the Alps for a race round Mt Blanc in-between lockdowns).
We’ve got been actually busy and productive at dwelling, constructing raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse, lot’s of labor and time within the backyard, and we’ve additionally self constructed an extension to our dwelling.
“It’s the primary time in 10 years I’ve had an entire summer season at dwelling”
It’s been superb to not journey and drive wherever and do all our train from the home. The using, operating, snowboarding and wild swimming from the door has been nice. We’ve received a brand new appreciation for dwelling and the simplicity of not leaping within the automobile on a regular basis has been so pleasurable. We used one tank of gas in 4 months, which is fairly cool!
As soon as life returns to regular, or the ‘new regular’, there’s undoubtedly rather a lot discovered from this previous 12 months to take forwards. Primarily to maintain life easy, benefit from the small issues, put time and vitality into the area people and friendships, cut back our influence as a lot as we are able to and actually suppose twice about journey. Much less is most frequently extra.
Oh, and with out forgetting to say one essential improvement throughout this previous 12 months, we’re anticipating a child! In April, life will out of the blue be very totally different.
As a professional nurse your self, and with all of the stresses put upon the career this 12 months, has journey and escapism develop into an much more necessary outlet for you?
For certain. Simply being exterior within the quiet rugged wide-open mountain areas, swimming in a river, pushing mentally and bodily on a tricky trip or run, or simply the conscious tranquility of working within the backyard, have all been much more key than ever to counter any time spent within the hospital.
Particularly as hospital shifts are 12.5 hours lengthy, with no time for recent air within the day, the thoughts and physique simply craves the recent air and endorphins. We’ve got been actually fortunate that within the Highlands and the hospital I work in that the Covid circumstances have been low.
“It’s been actually superb seeing everybody pull collectively to do no matter is required”
It’s been actually superb seeing everybody pull collectively to do no matter is required, even members of the Mountain Rescue staff will drive to the larger hospital two hours away to select up provides for our neighborhood.
I haven’t been in a position to work in A&E since being pregnant, as A&E is taken into account a ‘Purple’ / Excessive Threat zone for Covid, and because the dangers for being pregnant and Covid are unknown I’ve been suggested towards it by the division. I’ve missed the thrill and being a part of the hospital staff, nevertheless it’s additionally been good to not have that additional stress.