One of the biggest adjustments many South Africans have had to make during the Covid-19 lockdown is not seeing their loved ones. To minimise the spread of infection, the government has ordered the country to stay at home unless absolutely necessary and has forbidden social visits to friends and family. This is something Morning Live presenter Leanne Manas has been struggling with.
“There are good days and bad days. I’m really missing my family, especially my mom and dad,” Leanne said in a recent interview. “I’m also missing just getting together with friends, having a drink, and a good laugh. However, the time I’m having with my husband and children has been amazing. I feel like we’re getting to know each other in so many different ways, and it’s incredible.”
The presenter adds that she never realised just how active she was until the lockdown forbid exercising. “I actually didn’t realise just how active I was until we locked down and it all stopped! Suddenly with the added responsibility of working and teaching, self-care went out the window – and I allowed it to happen,” she says.
“I’m now trying my hardest to get back into a routine and train at least three or four times a week for my sanity and health. I’m just hoping that the president at least opens up the exercise hours for us and allows South Africans out for an afternoon session – it will make such a difference for our mental health!”
Leanne admits that while she is an essential worker, bringing news to millions around the country daily, her daily routine has changed a lot since the lockdown started. “I wake up at 4am, crawl out of bed, get dressed and make coffee, read up on what’s made news overnight and through the morning. I then hit the road and make my way to work, do makeup and hair, get on set and go live at 6am,” Leanne explains.
“We finish at 9am and I literally rush out of the building and into my car and go home and relieve my husband who has the kids. I take my clothes off and jump into a shower. I then put on my teacher’s cap and proceed to teach my kids Grade 5 and Grade 2 work, running between the two of them nonstop until it ends at 2pm.
“I then do Zoom meetings that I’ve scheduled and start arranging dinner. I take my kids outside for some sunlight and play tennis or jump on the trampoline with them. By the time the sun sets, I’m a complete disaster and fall into bed… and off goes the alarm again at 4am!”
Leanne is certainly smashing her work and mother roles effortlessly!