Spreading the love during another lockdown...
We're in this together
Again we find ourselves in another lockdown and it's all a bit scary and unsettling. Below we share with you some words that we shamelessly borrowed from the great Matt Haig (buy his books, he's brilliant) - we hope they help. In the meantime, we are open and still personalising and delivering, so if you want to send some love to someone, you know where we are.
Stay home, stay safe. Sending you love.
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1. Get a routine baggy enough to live in. Uncertainty breeds anxiety. Routines are the counterbalance.
2. Limit news intake. We aren’t designed for a 24/7 overload of doom we have little control over. Rolling news and social media have health impacts. Be aware how they make you feel.
3. Ditch guilt. There is no ‘right’ way to live through this. Just getting through is sometimes enough.
4. Remember you don’t have to be productive in your downtime. You don’t have to learn the mandolin or study Italian. Having a shower and eating toast and existing is just as legitimate. Though if you do want to make something, make hummus. It is a pretty chill activity I found.
5. Reframe uncertainty. Uncertainty can have positive effects. When we realise we can’t predict the future we can spend that energy in the present. Focusing on the place and people and world right in front of us.
‘Live in the question’ as Rilke put it.
6. Breathe. Breath is your mood barometer. To know how you feel, place your hand on your stomach and feel your breath. Then slow it. A busy brain wants nothing less and needs nothing more than to slow down.
7. Connect online properly. Don’t just go on random like sprees. Converse. Console. Connect. Then time out. Put your phone in another room for a while. Or walk the dog without it.
8. Don’t be a dick. Wear a mask. Don’t spread conspiracies. Look after others. Support health workers. Caring feels good and reminds us we are in this together.
9. Appreciate the outside world. Nature is calming because it connects us with eternity. The sky is always the sky. A tree doesn’t give a shit about the news. We are nature. We become ourselves within it.
10. Remember this will one day be over and we will appreciate the things we couldn’t do more than ever before. This is a massive value check. We have learned what we really need and miss and what and who we can do without. And very often the worst of times lead to the best of us. Change is pain, but pain is growth. Like a night sky we sometimes need the dark to see the light.