You may be feeling excited for the day this madness is all over and we can squeeze family and loved ones to the point of suffocation. And you may also be feeling a little apprehensive. And that’s normal.
We’ve grown used to a lifestyle that’s significantly steadier than before. We’ve learnt to make time for ourselves (because what else is there to do?) We’ve learnt to reach out to the loved ones around us. And we’ve slowly learnt to adapt with the flow of an ever-changing situation.
Change, and the idea of, can bring about anxiety and fear. Without that certainty and comfort of knowing what’s ahead, it’s natural to feel out of control and worried. After all, how do you process an experience that’s so unfamiliar to reality?
It may not feel possible to see the silver linings in the chaos right now and you, rightly so, may feel fed up of being told to do so when there are so many lives being lost. But, there are elements of optimism in what’s to come.
We will no longer take the simple things we once took for granted. Dropping by our favourite coffee shops, visiting loved ones, or popping down to the local for a couple after a hard working week.
We will tend to our needs and, for the first time, make time to take care of ourselves because we know how crucial it is for our mental wellbeing. And we will be more open to living in the moment for we know all too well how quickly such freedom can be taken away.
Nobody can predict what will happen and how we’ll adapt post-lockdown. But we will. Just like we’re doing now. We’ll take each day as individualistic as it is, staying open to change knowing that no great thing can grow from comfort zones.
Resist the urge to control that around you, within you, and beyond you. Bake the banana bread, take a walk in the sunshine, or cosy up in front of the TV with a cup of tea. Do what you can to get through the day. Make time to do what makes YOU happy. Whatever you do, do so without judgement.
Celebrate the mini joys; virtually catching up with friends or a long shower after a day spent in the garden. Although the world may be a little chaotic, we are all here together. And no matter how the future pans out, we will come out stronger.
Take care of yourselves, reach out to loved ones, and stay safe.
Ciao for now x