Locked down may be getting you down

Most of us have had enough of being locked away from places we want to go, things we want to do and above all people we want to be with. For some, the worst of it is not knowing when it will end or what will come next. I hope you understand the need to cooperate so as to protect ourselves and each other, even if you have been vaccinated.

Locked into depression?

I have written before about ways to cope and stay sane. Jo Brand agrees with me. Her list of things to do to protect your sanity is very close to mine. I hope you find some of our ideas helpful. If none of these things work, please get some professional help.

Ever been really locked up?

I am happy to say that so far I have avoided jail but I have read the letters and diaries of my late father-in-law, Bert Mathers. The Germans captured him during World War Two. I found his words so moving that I have published them, calling the book Came the Dawn: for reasons that you will see if you read it. He did not write in an overdramatic way, using lots of superlatives or piling on the emotion. He just told his story simply. He left the reader to react in their own way.

Bert Mathers while locked in a stalag.

Bert Mathers while locked in a stalag.

But that was a different sort of ‘locked’ wasn’t it?

Of course, the differences are obvious, but I found a lot of similarities – separation, fear, uncertainty, sadness at the sufferings of others. On top of all that there was hunger – and he was wounded. Yet for all that, he found room for compassion, humour and hope. Any similarities to your situation? It’s only a short book, but I think there’s a story that had to be told. Sometimes I wish I had published the material years ago, but no! I can’t think of a more appropriate time for anyone to read this.

The cover of Came the Dawn, about a man locked up by the Nazis.

The cover of Came the Dawn, about a man locked up by the Nazis.