Real Housewife Hanna Kinsella on life in lockdown

Getting used to lockdown

Getting used to lockdown - Credit: Archant

Our Real Housewife Hanna on lockdown, learning new skills and discovering what’s important

What an extraordinary and unsettling month it has been! I never thought we would be living through a global pandemic of this sort and sometimes I feel as though we are in some sort of apocalyptic movie. Nevertheless, here we are and I’m getting somewhat used to my quarantined life.

Martin and I are usually so, so busy with work – filming, running our businesses – and family life that it really does feel so strange having so much time on our hands. I must say we have been enjoying it and for once I really feel like I’ve had a bit of me time.

I’ve tried my best to maintain some sort of routine to my day. I wake up every morning, get showered and have assigned different tasks to each day. I’ve been able to do things that have been on my to-do list for months, like organise my wardrobes, cabinets, drawers and shoe cupboards. I’ve been keeping myself busy by de-cluttering the house, cleaning and rearranging the outdoor space and doing some good old-fashioned spring cleaning. We’ve also tried to exercise as often as we can; Martin invested in a “KO8”, basically a gym in a bag! We hook it onto one of our doors and we do various exercises on it – a great a piece of kit. We also make sure we try and go for a walk together every day just to get some fresh air and a change of scenery.

As many of you know Martin has a clinic out in Palma in Mallorca and we often go together, so I’ve decided now is the perfect time to learn Spanish. I did study Spanish at school, but want to learn to speak fluently, so I’ve been brushing up my language skills! Martin is also making great use of the time and is completing his Anti-Aging Fellowship online; every morning I wake up to the sound of American voices coming from the lounge from his virtual lectures.

Both of our practices are shut and have come to a complete stop. It has made me think about how much I love what I do, and it has made me more grateful than ever for the everyday lives we used to lead. I miss my Kiln Lane Dental family – the staff and my lovely patients – and honestly cannot wait to get back to work. As an employer it has been a difficult time having to furlough staff, yet try to remain positive and strong. These certainly are unprecedented times, but we will get through them. I am determined to maintain a great service for our patients, so we are offering over- the-phone advice and emergency medication if needed. I’m posting a lot of information people may find useful on our social media platforms, and have been doing the odd TikTok video to keep people smiling!

The nights we have been outside clapping for our NHS workers have been so emotional for me. It just shows that we are all in this together and we will get through it together!