It’s November 2020 and the first day of the national UK lockdown 2.0.
The first things I have noticed were the absence of traffic sounds, the incredible change in air quality (already!) a clearer sky and happier wildlife.
Nature is getting a break and breathing again. The last time I smelled air like this was in my childhood.
Needless to say, this is a really tough time for some of us, as they say: we’re not all in the same boat but we are in the same storm.
The first lockdown at the beginning of the year has been rough for me personally, since science didn’t know much about the virus yet and barely any safety measures were in place at the time.
I didn’t leave the house at all for almost 3 months, in order to keep my family safe. From grocery shopping to exercise – it all happened at home. I felt a bit like a prisoner, even though it was a pretty prison (Pretty Prison sounds like it should be a band name).
Now that things don’t feel quite so post-apocalyptic anymore, I feel a bit safer to be out and about, to look after my mental health and body.
I hope that wherever you’re reading this, that you have a little sanctuary to visit so you can recharge yourself. If you’re also in lockdown, please do yourself a favor and don’t do what I did- putting too much pressure on yourself.
These are crazy times for the entire world (and it’s not just covid, hello US elections). Social media likes telling people to learn a thousand languages, read 10.000 books and work out like an athlete. If you can and want to do anything majorly productive like this, then that’s awesome!
But if not, if you’re in a constant state of worry, anxiety, loneliness or sadness (insert a million other complex emotions here), then please just look after yourself. Do things that bring you joy. Or if you can’t bring yourself to do fun things, watch some comedy to make yourself laugh and shake off that cortisol. Even if your biggest achievement is brushing your teeth for the day, it’s all ok. Try to be gentle with yourself and others.
I care for you guys so much, just know I’m here for you and you’re not alone.
Sending you love and unicorns from the magical Tor,
photo by expLOHR