THE SMALL THINGS: LOCKDOWN EDITION

I haven’t written one of these in a while, but since there’s so much doom and gloom going round, I thought I’d revive “The Small Things” blogs. Obviously, we are all on lockdown. Which means there is a lot more time to appreciate the little things in life. And since it helps to put things in perspective and since the current “big things” are pretty scary, I think it’s important to take the small wins. So, here’s what I’m appreciating at the moment:

Spring is here

Spring is my absolute favourite time of year, and whilst I can’t get outside to enjoy it as much as I’d like, it makes me so happy to see the blossoms and the sunshine and the light in the morning. It makes it so much easier to stay motivated and I already feel happier and more energised.

More time

Anyone else feel like they have so much more time to do all the things they want to do? Whilst I may not have achieved much in the way of a productive to-do list, I’m appreciating the time I can take back to sleep and do exercise and sit and or write. This is such a perfect opportunity to get back to doing the things you love to do (if you’re an indoors-y person that is) and it’s so nice to be able to relax a bit more.

Nesting

This heading might be a weird choice of word, but I wasn’t sure how else to sum it up nicely. What I mean is that, since moving into my house in October, I have obviously made my space my own, but I haven’t had loads of time to just “be” in my little sanctuary. I’m really appreciating having my own space that’s really mine, where I feel safe and cosy.

Talking

There is a lot to be said for the healing power of communicating. I think everyone has experienced the same upswing in communication with friends and family during this time. Despite not being able to see my family and most of my friends, I feel more connected to a lot of people than ever, and I’ve been talking to all sorts of people, pretty much every day. We are all so lucky to live in a world where video chats and HouseParty and instant communication is a thing and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

The planet is healing

OK, so this a pretty big thing, but I just couldn’t leave it off. Whilst we’re calling the current situation a crisis (which, of course, it is in many, many ways), it’s only a crisis from the human perspective. From an environmental viewpoint, it’s incredible to see how quickly this change in human behaviour has impacted the planet for the better. It goes to show how destructive our normal modern life can be and how, if we all continue to think about the necessity of things like transport and shopping, we could really make a difference in the long term, as well.

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