Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Rednine

By Ben Carey on 9 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.

Robin Worrall, Creative Director at design and brand consultancy Rednine, reflects on finding new creative outlets, staying positive and looking forward to seeing smiles in the street.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

The fact that it’s taken me six weeks to actually feel positive enough to write down my response to this question says it all.

This doesn’t mean I’ve been lost in a well of despair that entire time, but I have felt like my mood could become unbalanced for no apparent reason, which appears to be commonplace for so many.

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

I try to maintain mini-milestones throughout the day to give me a reassuring structure to slot everything else around. I love a list, so I feel like I’ve achieved something positive each day if I can tick at least one thing off.

Are you doing anything new?

I have always loved sketching in cafes, but as that’s a no-go at the moment I’ve started illustrating in Procreate on my iPad. I’ve even managed to mash-up all of my visual pleasures into one self-imposed project that I can lose myself in for hours with no judgement.

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I’ve never been a big fan of new year resolutions; plain and simple I can never stick to them.

I have been more lenient on myself, allowing time to step away from my workspace when I just need to lessen the load.

I’ve also learned that there doesn’t have to be a reason why you feel low, it’s just a moment in time. Given space and distraction it will pass by.

Have you introduced any new rituals?

One thing I have done is to reach out. Lo and behold there’s a whole bunch of friends, clients and contacts who are feeling exactly the same. Even the most robust and resilient ones (or so I thought) have struggled too.

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

To laugh with friends over dinner ‘til my sides hurt. To chat to complete strangers on a train. To fly to another city and sip coffee in a café. To see people in the street smiling again. To get a much-needed haircut!

What is your biggest goal this year?

To move house and finally give Rednine its first purpose built studio. Also to build on the new collaborations I’ve managed to forge over the last year with creatively minded individuals who share similar hopes and visions.

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

I always thought I was one who lived for the moment and appreciated the tiny, sweet details of life. I still do but now I know that I will cherish and celebrate them even more.

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