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Quarantine Diary: Christina Dean in London, UK

July 06, 2020

Christina Dean, founder of nonprofit Redress, shares her quarantine experience while at home in London, UK

  • Where are you quarantined and with who?

I'm just outside London with my family of 4 kids (17 down to 2 years old, so dealing with exams and tantrums!), my husband and my live-in nanny (I am blessed!)

  • What has been your best quarantine activity?

My discovery is that I have the power to influence myself. Over the last 3 months, my mood has swung, most of which is work related with crisis-management and with this stress. Managing this, and also fears about the outside world, has taught me that only I have the power to change myself and to dictate how I will react to the world. Positively influencing yourself is not always easy.

  • What fun things are you doing online to stay connected to your family, friends and team?

I've learned to cook! I've always shied away from cooking - thinking it was boring drudgery associated with 'housework' - but we've changed cooking to be a social activity, meaning that everyone has to chip in and in doing so, I've learned new dishes. Getting to know Thyme will be a flavour of my covid!

  • Helping from home: are you supporting any particular nonprofit or relief efforts?

I've donated to the WHO and I volunteered to be an NHS first responder for my local community. However, I soon realised (in being overstretched in every department) that I need to focus all of my efforts on ensuring the sustainability of the organisations that I am so heavily committed to - Redress and The R Collective. So my way of "helping" is ensuring smooth continuity of our work, our teams and our mission. My "work" is also to keep the spirits high in my house, which has not always been easy. My baby, for example, is howling as I write this, literally!

  • How do you stay positive and keep calm?

With difficulty. Read baby crying!

  • Complete the sentence:

Being in quarantine has given me a new appreciation for MULTI-TASKING.

  • What's the first thing you want to do post-quarantine?

Hair dresser for head and the rest of my body!

Christina Dean, founder of nonprofit Redress, shares her quarantine experience while at home in London, UK

Christina Dean, founder of nonprofit Redress, shares her quarantine experience while at home in London, UK

  • Where are you quarantined and with who?

I'm just outside London with my family of 4 kids (17 down to 2 years old, so dealing with exams and tantrums!), my husband and my live-in nanny (I am blessed!)

  • What has been your best quarantine activity?

My discovery is that I have the power to influence myself. Over the last 3 months, my mood has swung, most of which is work related with crisis-management and with this stress. Managing this, and also fears about the outside world, has taught me that only I have the power to change myself and to dictate how I will react to the world. Positively influencing yourself is not always easy.

  • What fun things are you doing online to stay connected to your family, friends and team?

I've learned to cook! I've always shied away from cooking - thinking it was boring drudgery associated with 'housework' - but we've changed cooking to be a social activity, meaning that everyone has to chip in and in doing so, I've learned new dishes. Getting to know Thyme will be a flavour of my covid!

  • Where are you quarantined and with who?

I'm just outside London with my family of 4 kids (17 down to 2 years old, so dealing with exams and tantrums!), my husband and my live-in nanny (I am blessed!)

  • What has been your best quarantine activity?

My discovery is that I have the power to influence myself. Over the last 3 months, my mood has swung, most of which is work related with crisis-management and with this stress. Managing this, and also fears about the outside world, has taught me that only I have the power to change myself and to dictate how I will react to the world. Positively influencing yourself is not always easy.

  • What fun things are you doing online to stay connected to your family, friends and team?

I've learned to cook! I've always shied away from cooking - thinking it was boring drudgery associated with 'housework' - but we've changed cooking to be a social activity, meaning that everyone has to chip in and in doing so, I've learned new dishes. Getting to know Thyme will be a flavour of my covid!

  • Helping from home: are you supporting any particular nonprofit or relief efforts?

I've donated to the WHO and I volunteered to be an NHS first responder for my local community. However, I soon realised (in being overstretched in every department) that I need to focus all of my efforts on ensuring the sustainability of the organisations that I am so heavily committed to - Redress and The R Collective. So my way of "helping" is ensuring smooth continuity of our work, our teams and our mission. My "work" is also to keep the spirits high in my house, which has not always been easy. My baby, for example, is howling as I write this, literally!

  • How do you stay positive and keep calm?

With difficulty. Read baby crying!

  • Complete the sentence:

Being in quarantine has given me a new appreciation for MULTI-TASKING.

  • What's the first thing you want to do post-quarantine?

Hair dresser, for head and the rest of my body!

  • Helping from home: are you supporting any particular nonprofit or relief efforts?

I've donated to the WHO and I volunteered to be an NHS first responder for my local community. However, I soon realised (in being overstretched in every department) that I need to focus all of my efforts on ensuring the sustainability of the organisations that I am so heavily committed to - Redress and The R Collective. So my way of "helping" is ensuring smooth continuity of our work, our teams and our mission. My "work" is also to keep the spirits high in my house, which has not always been easy. My baby, for example, is howling as I write this, literally!

  • How do you stay positive and keep calm?

With difficulty. Read baby crying!

  • Complete the sentence:

Being in quarantine has given me a new appreciation for MULTI-TASKING.

  • What's the first thing you want to do post-quarantine?

Hair dresser, for head and the rest of my body!

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