Good morning everyone,
I guess by now that some of you are facing more big restrictions on your lives thanks to covid19, and I know it is extra stressful now, when we are all feeling quite battle-weary with it all.
It hasn't happened to me as yet, but wouldn't be at all surprised if we aren't all in this position soon. And it's extra hard when you are a carer. Life can be very lonely and isolating without extra restrictions on your daily life.
Regardless of the many opinions of how we came to be back in this position, it's important to take care of ourselves in terms of mental as well as physical health.
I know that I'm very lucky that I don't have the stress of caring for someone else right now. But whatever your circumstances, please remember that you are vitally important, and every bit as deserving as the person you care for.
Whilst active carers probably won't have much time for hobbies and pastimes please try and find something which will help keep you cheerful in any little way you can manage.
Contact with others is vital so use any means you can whether that's face-timing or the phone and don't be afraid to say if you are struggling. Talking's so important.
I don't go out myself much these days, because of the large student population living in my locality, so here are a couple of ways I keep myself entertained.
The leaves continue to turn to gold on the trees outside my window, so I can return to my guilty pleasure of sitting watching the world going about its business, coffee in hand.
A favourite TV show restarted last night. That's the silly 'Taskmaster which is presented by Greg Davies and Alex Horn, who set ridiculous challenges for competing celebrities to solve, usually with hilarious results.
Finally my dolls house, which had been neglected for quite some time. My lovely daughter bought me some new items which has reawakened my interest and caused me to complete a lighting project. The house has no time period. I've mixed and matched according to what I could afford to buy, or make. I can lose myself in it, and the lovely thing is that, whenever I open the doors, all within is calm and tidy, unlike my own chaotic existence. (The attached picture is the nursery. I think nurse needs to get those babies dressed!)
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy it! Even if it's only a five minute mindfulness meditation a couple of times a day.
Please stay well and safe, and if anyone else would like to share their hobby or pastime with us, we'd love to hear from you. 🙏🙏