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The pandemic has impacted our lives in so many ways. It has increased a sense of fear and social isolation, making caring for our loved ones even more difficult. Until recently there has been no end in sight. It is normal to have found this time extremely challenging, especially over the winter months - but hope is on the horizon. As the season changes, bringing us a vibrant spring and the hope of a (less restricted) summer stretching out before us.
I feel truly blessed living in the South West of England. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside, which has been a life-saver for many during this difficult time. I believe we could all benefit by getting back in tune with nature. I, for one, have never spent so long sat in front of a computer!
With stress levels at an all-time high, it’s important to prioritise ourselves and take time to reset. No flower blooms all year round but that’s often what we expect from ourselves, to just keep going, day in and day out. I’d like you to take a moment and ask yourself – what do I need right now? I understand we are limited in various ways at the moment, so I invite you to get creative and search for what makes your heart sing!
I’ve gathered some suggestions below on steps you can take to boost your wellbeing today. You can tick them off as you go or try your own ideas. What works for one person may not always work for you, but keep trying until you find something that fits. Remember that we cannot pour from an empty cup – it’s vital that we take care of ourselves first, as this enables us to continue to support the ones we love.
- Try something new: Sign up to an activity you’ve never tried before.
- Treat yourself: Buy yourself a bunch of flowers to brighten up your day.
- Get outside: Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk. You’ll feel happier and healthier – promise!
- Keep growing: Get in your garden or bring the outdoors in by planting flowers, herbs or even vegetables.
- Be kind: Start a journal and begin each day with something you are grateful for.
- Eat a rainbow: Add a new colourful vegetable to your diet each week.
- Stay hydrated: Aim to drink an around of 1.5 litres of water a day.
- Set goals: Write a to-do list with realistic targets and cross them when you achieve them.
- Get creative: Painting, colouring, embroidery, playing a musical instrument or trying a new recipe are some ideas to get you started.
- Laugh out loud: Watch a film or listen to a podcast that brings a smile to your face.
- Healthy connections: Surround yourself with those that make you feel good!