sidekick stories: life in lockdown

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today marks the start of men’s health week 2020: a time to focus on health issues affecting men across the globe. this year’s theme is take action on covid-19, a topic that is undoubtedly affecting us all right now, but did you know twice as many men die from covid-19 as women?Β 

as a wellbeing platform, we want to do everything we can to provide resources to help men’s health during this difficult time – from simple tips and tricks for managing mental health, e.g. daily journaling and meditation, we provide ways to take action on covid-19

we want men to know they’re not alone in dealing with this pandemic, so, in support of men’s health week 2020, we wanted to share stories from a handful of guys from the sidekick community. kicking off with matt – one of our fantastic founding co-creators who brought sidekick to life


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matt

i’ve found lockdown pretty hard.

my wife and I have a 1 year old daughter who, due to covid, had no nursery to go to. we agreed that as I’m self employed, I would take on the childcare 4 days a week. the first few weeks were really hard, I haven’t really looked after my daughter on my own before and had pretty low confidence in my ability! 

matt, sidekick co-creator

I learnt pretty quickly that I could do everything needed to keep my daughter alive, and slowly my confidence built. it made me truly appreciate how much my wife had done during maternity leave and I am in awe of that

I now feel so grateful that I was able to spend such a long time with my daughter, getting to know her and really work on building a strong relationship

the lockdown experience makes everything doubly intense.Β you try and work in the same place as looking after a child and are together 24/7. this experience placed the most strain on our relationship since we met, but we’ve learnt a lot more about each other and worked together as a family to make things work

this lockdown experience placed the most strain on our relationship since we met. I found that communicating how you feel ensures you can adapt when one of you is struggling; reminding yourself that everyone is struggling in this chaos makes being kind the first priority

it was also really important to find the right tools to cope – for me it has been running (which luckily the government encouraged!), reading (fiction to escape!) and eating vast quantities of crisps and dip… oh and of course having awesome home-cooked dinners at the end of a hard day, with a glass of wine and a giggle, to remind ourselves that things will be ok

I certainly don’t ever want to go through lockdown again, however, if it does come round again, I feel more resilient which gives me hope and confidence!

thanks for sharing matt. if you’d like to try out the tools matt’s being using, head to the app store to download the sidekick app on iPhone and iPad

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