We are currently experiencing something that we’ve never been faced with before in this lifetime. At least not to this scale. I’m not usually one to feed the fear, and I’m still not going to do that now, but I would like to offer my thoughts on how to keep safe as well as sane during this time.
In the UK, we have been told to practice social distancing and although I think this is good advice, it can be very detrimental to our mood and our mental health.
We have not yet been put on lock down and still have some freedom. So use this time to take a walk in a park or in the woods or areas that do not have a lot of people. Get our in nature as much as you can, even if it’s just in your garden or on your balcony. Open the windows and let some fresh air in as much as possible.
If we are eventually put on lock down, use that time to give your home a good spring clean, declutter your wardrobe, any papers or rubbish you have lying around. Give yourself a good facial, get some paints out and get creative, try out some new recipes and get baking with your kids. You could use the time to sort out some finances that you’ve been meaning to get round to or start reading that book you’ve wanted to read for weeks.
Of course you could just binge watch the latest box set, but you could also get the board games out, converse with your loved ones, give everyone a chore to get involved, create a home-made obstacle course or work out how you can make a meal out of any food that needs to be used up.
Let’s use this time to connect back with one another. I’m not just talking about the people we live with either. Let’s Skype or Facetime with loved ones, especially those that may be self-isolating alone and feeling extra lonely during this time. Catch up with friends and family across the globe and see how they all are. Call your elderly relatives or Email your favourite cousin.
Now is also the perfect time to eat really well. Eat lots of fruits and veggies to give your immune system the best possible chance to fight off anything that may come your way and watch YouTube videos for workouts or yoga practices. Make this fun and do it as a family or as a group. Even if you are all completely rubbish, and just spend most of the time laughing at how bad you all are, it will lift your spirits. Have you ever heard that laughter is the best medicine?
My wish is that you’re all keeping safe and also reach out to someone if you need something. Now is the time where we should all pul together and help each other the best we can. If you are going food shopping and you know one of your neighbors is elderly and vulnerable, offer to do a bit of shopping for them. If someone you know lives alone, give them a call.
Lastly, I’d just like to say, let’s all give so much gratitude and respect for all the NHS staff who are pushed to their limits at the best of times, but right now they are keeping our country going. They don’t have the luxury of self-isolating as a precaution. We are so incredibly lucky in the UK to have free healthcare and know that if we were to get sick, we would be cared for regardless of our financial situation.
Thank you to all the NHS staff who are working so very hard to ensure that our sick and injured are being cared for!
Brain storm, right now, any possibilities you can think of that you could do at home.
Imagine you were given a few weeks off of work to sort your home and yourself out, what would you do with that time?
Where would you want to focus your time and energy?