So it seems we have entered an unwanted episode of Black Mirror this year. What is that all about 2020?! Pretty sure none of us wished for this when the clock struck midnight on NYE! Now, fear not, this post is not going to go on about Coronavirus, as I think it is safe to say many of us (me) are sick of hearing about the crippling effect it is having on our world. That sentence in itself was enough – but alas I am off track already. No, this post is going to discuss the positive things happening currently and ways to stay positive in times of uncertainty. Which is a hard thing to do, but it is possible.
What is happening in the world we live in is like nothing any of us have ever experienced before, it is a crazy, uncertain time. However, the power within that, is that we are all experiencing this together, we have eachother. None of us are experts on this, not even Karen in your Mum’s whatsapp group, we all are going through this as a community of people.
Seeing the love and compassion amongst so many has truly overwhelmed me. Only today I was looking out my window, as my neighbour was chatting through the window to an elderly neighbour, whilst dropping shopping off to him. Alongside that, seeing my whole street come out their houses on Thursday to cheer and celebrate the NHS staff truly made my heart feel so full. Never in my life have I been a part of something so full of love, pride and celebration amongst people I did not know. In that moment it felt like we were all old friends, celebrating an event together, it really did take my breath away.
Technology has been another incredible tool in this time, without it so many of us would have probably felt far more lost and alone. Due to the wonderful internet people are connecting with others around the world, some with family, some with strangers over a shared vision of wanting to just be kind to eachother. I am so grateful that we are able to facetime my Gran and see her face even when far away, I know it helps her not feel so alone too. Seeing everyone share videos and photos of the random ways they are entertaining themselves in Lockdown has been great to see aswell.
People are using this time to be creative. People are finally pausing from their hectic lives. People are learning new skills. People are getting round to jobs on their to do lists (aka me and everything on my to do list for the past year). People are appreciating life more. What a powerful time.
Families are bonding more whether that be in the home or over Facetime or house party (my new fave app), old friends are finally having time to catch up, I just think as awful and uncertain things are right now, there are some really beautiful things happening too.
I for one am so proud of the amazing work so many are doing in this world to help others. It feels people are truly present at the moment, which I know sounds odd as physically they are not but you get my drift.
Alongside all the amazing work people are doing; our planet has began healing itself, I read a post the other day that stated this:
‘Since the lockdown: Venice’s canals have become crystal clear. Italy coasts have dolphins coming nearer and nearer. Japan now has deer roaming free in the streets, and Thailand: the same with monkeys. China has record breaking pollution cuts. The Earth has already began showing signs of amazing things that are happening’.
Anyway, I know times are hard right now, I know this is effecting so many lives. I just wanted to highlight some positivity amongst these times. I have people around me that are suffering with terrible anxieties, barely sleeping and are really struggling, so this post is for them. To show not everything is terrible right now.
Here are some of my tips on how to stay positive:
- Write 3 things you are grateful of every morning
- Try and embrace the daylight each day whether that be going out in your garden for a bit of the day or eating breakfast by the window, get that vitamin D in your life
- Try to limit yourself to looking at the current news once or twice a day
- Watch your favourite film or get stuck into a new series – I have a few fab recommendations (if you need any)
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and have a good old catch up
- Try and learn a new skill
- Do something you love
- Have a garden work out with Joe Wicks (sadly he won’t actually be there, but virtually he can be)
- Get creative
- Have a self-care day
- Listen to a feel happy playlist (mine is Sing-along Indie hits on spotify)
- Have a little kitchen disco to your fave album
- Get stuck into a new book
- Do something rewarding like have a complete re-shuffle of your room or sort your wardrobe out orrrr unload the ‘dreaded chair of clothes’
- Look after yourself, be kind to your mind and know when you need to have a day to just focus on your mind.
Those are just a few of my suggestions – in times like this we must stay positive for ourselves and those around us. This is a time to show great kindness and humanity to one another. Appreciate all those around you and wake up each morning feeling bright and ready to start the day.
We have all got this.
Ps. for the series recommendations or just someone to chat to in these times, message me on here or insta me @20_somethingyearold1 🙂