It’s times like these you learn to live again, It’s times like these you give and give again ….

It is an interesting time to enter Mental Health Awareness Week. Many of us have now been in a form of isolation for two months. We may be going to work where essential and required or popping to the shops but fundamentally we have reduced our social interactions and outside activities dramatically. There will be many legacies from Covid-19 but one certainly will be the lasting impact on the mental health of the nation. 

Personally, through suffering anxiety and depression, this whole experience has been a rollercoaster that no-one wants to ride. There are many angles. 

– A significant reduction in interactions with people. I thrive on social energy and that is lacking at the moment. A zoom doesn’t have the same impact (but it does help a little). I long for the day that I can sit in a room with people and just chat.

– Managing not only yourself but trying to keep things together for a loving family. Children who understand a little but maybe will never fully. Trying to work out if you are doing enough for them. Keeping them entertained / educated while at the same time reducing the amount of time for yourself. Beating yourself up about each little thing. Each day brings challenges.

– Having the work/home lines completely blurred. A brain jumping from one thing to another constantly 24/7 leads only to inefficiency. 

These all have worn on me the last few weeks. At times I’ve wanted to scream from the roof and others I’ve just wanted to snuggle down and watch a film with the family. 

To counter all of this, I’m trying to focus on the positives. Trying to keep the negative anxious voice inside of me quiet. He’s quite loud! Focusing on the positives and the happiness helps. It makes you see that deep down you are doing enough and a simple reminder everyday helps. Just looking back over pictures of the week on a Sunday night reminds me of all the good we have done during the week. The baking, the walking and the general silliness.

So in times like these let’s learn to love ourselves again! Be positive towards yourself.

#itsokaynottobeokay #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalhealth #loveyourself

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