Life Works in Peculiar Ways – A Realistic Update

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I like to keep things positive on my blog, after all it is a space for promoting wellbeing and better mental health. But, equally I wouldn’t be staying true to my brand if I didn’t also touch on the harsher elements of my own life which essentially ARE a part of life for all of us in general. The highs and lows both play an important part during our lifetime, despite how hard-hitting the latter can often be. I fully understand that many of my viewers and followers come here to read uplifting posts and articles on improving their wellbeing and so if you don’t want to read anything that ISN’T the aforementioned then I would click off right about now!

Two major things have happened for me recently, I started a new job at a local Mind charity and I absolutely love it. Sadly, a couple of days ago I (as well as three of my sisters) also lost my grandmother suddenly. At the age of 75 years old, she was young and fairly well, there was certainly no indication that her time was coming any time soon. Me and her even had a cruise to reschedule due to the health emergency we are currently facing. We were lucky enough to get to see her in her last few days, she was in a deep sleep throughout but the nurses and doctor’s couldn’t have taken better care of her and for that we are all so grateful.

She was a special and unique woman who we were all very close to. Processing shock and the loss of a loved one is somewhat draining, it is a lot to deal with. My place of work have, luckily for me, been very understanding and supportive which has certainly eased the pressure. The only benefit of COVID-19 in this instance is being able to access lectures from home which means I can be around my family at a time where we need each other most (as well as cuddles with the springer spaniel all day) whilst continuing university work at the same time.

Other than that there isn’t much to update you on. Somehow it felt wrong continuing on with my blog without acknowledging this major change. This isn’t a cry for help or me attention seeking. I am supported in so many ways and for that I am so grateful. Life is cruel sometimes and there’s no amount of comfort food or positive words that can detract from that, although they certainly ease the pain a little. Sometimes all we can do is sit with the pain, let it hurt and let it heal when the time is right. Life does go on but it’s also important that you listen to your needs and tend to them. The very least we can do for ourselves is be kind and gentle.

Wherever you are in the world, whatever you are doing right now, and no matter what you are experiencing and feeling at this time, look after yourselves. Reach out to those around you and know that you will get through this.

Ciao for now x

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Wellbeing writer, host for The Inspired Narrative podcast and mental health support worker.

One thought on “Life Works in Peculiar Ways – A Realistic Update

  1. Thank you Gwen. As always you are worrying about others while you are suffering as much, or more, that most You are ‘One of a Kind’ and we your friends and readers bless you for it. You have keen ears to hear us with. A kind heart to help us with. A steady hand to write kind thoughts and good advice. Which this old man reads and agrees with (Most of the time) The young tend to leap in with both feet, whereas us oldies step gingerly, one foot at a time, so as not to fall base over apex. I call it ‘Age Learnt Lessons’ Keep up the good work lass. XX Gus

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