Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Open Dawes Training

By Ben Carey on 10 February, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

Chris Dawes, Founder of Open Dawes Training and Chris Dawes Comms based in Swindon, gives us his insights, including how motorsport and SIM commentating is getting him through.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

I find that if I overthink the current situation then the enormity and surrealness of it can run away with itself.  So I employ the mentality of the sports people I commentate on.  In motorsports the handling or speed can change without notice, and drivers have to adapt. I also get great strength from a loving family, and I try not to watch the news too much!

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

We have a nine-year-old daughter, so we are having to juggle home-schooling and our work. So we get up early, get ourselves ready for the day, then get her up. I do have to work more in the evenings and at weekends, but I have to be disciplined to shut the door to the home office and step away from it enough to ensure family and down time.

Are you doing anything new?

I am meditating to manage stress and anxiety, and pushing myself to go for walks. Some of them with the family, some of them just me and the dog so that I can put headphones in and listen to podcasts. 

My motorsports commentating has also expanded to commentating on SIM racing. It is great fun commentating on live streams, including with many top-level professional racing drivers, from my lounge whilst drinking a gin and tonic… 

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I am not particularly big on New Year resolutions. This year I’m even more relaxed about it as we have to be realistic and even more adaptable than usual.

Have you introduced any new rituals?

Not so much a ritual, but I am trying to be more organised and schedule driven. It is more important at the moment as every hour and day seems to blend into the next (today, it is blursday isn’t it?). 

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

Visiting our families; the gym and spa re-opening; working back in the office; face-to-face training provisions and meetings; shaking hands; big crowds back at the motor racing events I will be commentating at; seeing my daughter being able to play with and hug her friends; and visiting pubs and restaurants.

What is your biggest goal this year?

To get Open Dawes on-demand set up, with the student dashboard driven online training platform in place, not only to cover the current situation, but to complement the rest of the training provisions.

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

I’ve learnt that we take so much for granted, that teachers are amazing and that remote/online really works. I also plan to not be so busy that I let large amounts of time pass before seeing family and friends, because once you can’t see them it feels like an eternity until you can.

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