South African couple living in China share their tips to surviving lockdown

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Kirsty and Oliver Boyes. (PHOTO: Supplied)
Kirsty and Oliver Boyes. (PHOTO: Supplied)

We will survive!

Amid the ongoing lockdown, we can all learn something from those who went through it before us.

Kirsty (46) and Oliver Boyes (47), a couple living in Hefei in China, have some wise words to offer their fellow South Africans after surviving a 50-day lockdown in China due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple share their wisdom through a podcast with East Coast Radio and have since started a YouTube channel to offer more insight into South Africans currently going through the lockdown.

Speaking to YOU, Oliver said they decided to stay in China when the lockdown occurred because they were afraid of bringing the virus to their children and family back home.

“After the first few days of panic, we settled down into a daily routine but still the boredom was driving us wild, and only one of us was allowed out every third day at first, then every second day to go to the shop around the corner for the essentials,” Oliver said.

“I started a daily diary on Facebook and asked people for ideas of things to do. Over the course of the lockdown, I got many followers, both from SA and internationally.

“We did a daily challenge taken from the suggestions given to us.

The couple have been sharing their routine with people and have an important message for South Africans.

“Stay at home, do the sensible things, wash your hands and keep the social distance. Keep fit as a way to keep your immune system strong. There are many ways to do this at home,” Oliver said.

“Take vitamin C also for your immune system. Most of all, remain positive. We were in strict lockdown for 50 days. You can do it. Together we can fight this.”

Oliver also offered some great insight that came after the 50 days in lockdown.

“Freedom is a state of mind rather than a physical thing. Knowing that you can’t go out is a massive knock to the human psyche.

“Boredom can lead to depression, so it’s vital to structure your days and keep a routine.

“As easy as it is to just remain in your pyjamas, just the task of getting dressed every day is a huge mental jumpstart to your day. If you live alone, make a point of talking to someone everyday – text or a phone call.”

Check out the couple’s podcast on East Coast Radio here, or go to their YouTube Channel for more tips and tricks.

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