Today we are on ‘Day 8’ of our lockdown in cave land and … it’s Mothers Day.
My last blog was posted on day 4 when I wrote about how lucky I felt being in lockdown in such a lovely area with the room and space I have around me. Now, 4 days later, my thinking has altered slightly.
I am beginning to realise that it is not how big your castle is, how large your garden may be or the number of places you can hide in that makes lockdown more bearable. On day 8 I am more inclined to say, although size does matter, it’s the state of mind we have that is my new number one.
As human beings we tend not to like being told that we cannot do the things that we have taken for granted all of our lives. We all know that this lockdown makes total sense and may totally agree with the rules that we have been asked to abide by but…. deep in the back of our human minds we don’t like the thought of not being allowed to do the most normal of activities. It is so easy to get into a negative frame of mind. We are all human, it will happen, to some more than others.
What do I personally do to combat my own human failings – especially on this particular mothers day? Please remember, I am not saying my way is the right way but sharing what appears to be working for me …. so far.
1. I am taking it day by day. I am not looking towards the end of lockdown (now extended to the 12 April) as for me that appears to be too many days away from today. In reality it’s not but…
2. I am not planning my day’s activities. Instead I give myself something to aim for. Today for example I would like to spring clean my bathroom. You notice I said ‘like to’ and not ‘must do’. This gives me a get out clause if I decided to do something else. There is always tomorrow!
3. I am actively researching places I would like to visit when this is all over. It may be several months away but I am getting excited about the not so far off future when I can tour around. I enjoy planning where to visit, where to stay, what to see, history of the different areas etc. It doesn’t have to be far from home. There are so many beautiful places to visit within Spain and I would love to see as many as I can. A night here, a weekend there…. sounds good doesn’t it?
4. I am trying to keep in contact with the outside world. I try and talk as often as I can to family and friends by messages or phone. I have also enjoyed the many live events hosted on Facebook over the past few days. I have watched exercise classes to great music sessions from people coming together, (not literally of course), from all over the world. People are talking, performing, sending jokes, sending recipes – simply communicating with strangers. One particular event yesterday moved me to tears reminding me that we were all in this together.
5. For me personally, I do not want to stagnate. Yes, it is great to have a sofa day but I know that the more sofa days I have the less positive I get. I need to see and feel that things are getting done. It may be painting the dining cave walls or simply sorting out a drawer. Whatever the task – I do need to feel a sense of achievement. Others may not need this but, I know that I do.
6. There is a lot of bad press out there. We have all read it and have been affected by it. However, there is also a lot of great news out there to. Speaking to my son Chris today by phone – he commented how positive it was that people are thinking about others and offers of help are spreading far and wide. I couldn’t agree more. The different ways that people are offering help and sharing with others is amazing and seriously makes my eyes leak. It doesn’t need to be much. A simple text to someone you have not spoken to for a while saying ‘hi’ may be all it takes to make that person’s day a better one. We often have no idea what other people are going through, and we may never know, so I try to be kind and reach out whenever I can. But, again, we are all human and we must not forget to consider our own personal well being. We should never be afraid to ask for help. Don’t forget that.
7. I remind myself of the things I do have and not what I don’t. My life is good and I don’t need to be reminded of that fact very often. To whomever it may concern – A little less curve balls thrown in my direction would be good though – please.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, keep positive and keep planning for the future. Most of all keep talking.
Hugs to everyone especially to all moms on this very unique Mothers Day.