Well, hasn’t March been a funny old month. At the start of this month we had lots of lovely plans – plans to see family, plans for the house and plans to enjoy the start of spring.
It’s funny how it can all appear to change overnight isn’t it. I don’t think that this worldwide pandemic will be forgotten for a long time!
- Wash your hands
I’m sure that I’m not the only one to have to invest in hand cream recently as well as more soap! Good hygiene isn’t to be taken for granted it seems, so just wash your hands. Pretty simple really and yet we’ve needed reminders about it.
2. Stay connected with family and friends
Zoom isn’t just for meetings, it’s great for having a drink with friends too. I’ve been face-timing and calling family and friends more often too. It’s been lovely to hear a voice rather than just have a text message to read. I have also started writing letters again (read about my 5 top tips here). I’ve not done so for such a long time! Some of our family only live a walk away and so to not see them has been strange, along with not being able to meet up with family and friends who live further away.
3. I really like fruit crumble
I decided to try and organise our freezer last week and found that I had A LOT of frozen fruit. I like to think that I will only drink fruit smoothies in summer, but then ice cream is too tempting and so it gets forgotten. I hadn’t made fruit crumble for years and it certainly wasn’t my favourite dessert growing up either. I found a recipe, made it and it turned out ok! It was delicious and a great way to make good use of summer fruits. Believe me, I’ve surprised myself with this one!
4. Enjoy the simple things
We may not have been able to go ahead with all of our plans to enjoy the start of spring, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t appreciated seeing nature on our walks. At the moment we are able to leave the house once a day for exercise. We don’t always go out everyday for a walk, but we have already found new routes to explore and we have enjoyed seeing the local area spring into life. I ran far enough the other day to see my two favourite magnolia trees, the lambs are in the field and the sunshine has definitely been a welcome consolation!
5. It’s ok to NOT be ok
As much as it may sound very cliché, it’s true. There are so many challenges to be faced at the moment and pressures from all sides. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that my anxiety and emotions have come in waves over the past couple of weeks. It has left me mentally and emotionally exhausted and then the next day I feel that I can take it on 100% and with a positive outlook. I guess it’s important to accept that there will be good days and bad days. Ride the waves, call a friend and don’t forget to wash your hands (have I already said that?!)
Here’s to a new month! Lighter nights are here with the promise of warmer weather to come. I plan to try and enjoy it as much as I possibly can, and I hope you do too.
With love to you and yours,