Happy November, or rather unhappy for most. A month of darkness lies ahead of us. Literally. A winter of cold, gloomy mornings and shorter days lie before us in addition to the uncertainty of the pandemic. Last Saturday (31st October) it was announced by the Prime Minister that the UK will be going into a second lockdown. For some, this means going to school (a whole other debate) and work everyday, while for others it means once again, a lack of structure or routine, and missing out on activities that make you happy, be it communicating with your friends at your favourite restaurant, shopping in an actual store or playing your favourite sport.
Lonely. Worried. Angry. The uncertainty of how long this will go on for is the main reason why people are feeling anxious about this situation, more so now. It could be 4 weeks or it could be 4 months. And you need to hear this, 'Not every day will be good, but there is good in every day'. In other words, you managed to get through the last lockdown, you can get through this one. It will be tough and it is a challenge, just know that it's okay for you to reach out to people and to tell them how you are really feeling when things turn sour, it's also okay to have a (covid-secure) dance party by yourself or with friends on zoom when you are in the mood to celebrate because let's face it, you are allowed to be happy, to celebrate and to be excited for lighter times if you feel like it.
These unprecedented* (anyone else cringe when that word is mentioned now too?) times are here now and all we can do is make the most of it which is definitely way easier said than done! Now is a good time to start making YOU a priority, start by focussing on yourself, physically and mentally by doing the things that YOU want to do! For a few ideas check out my blog post on 21 Things You Can Do in Self Isolation. Social media is a dangerous age albeit it is incredibly useful in these times. It may be the only single thing that some people will have to be able to communicate with their loved ones this winter, so be nice and understanding. This is not easy on any of us but we can all get through this and hopefully 2021 will be a brighter year with fewer restrictions!
- If you need any support, go to this page! There's a plethora of charities and organisations here to help. Don't be afraid to reach out!
- If you are looking for a good read I recommend 'The Insecure Girls Club' by Oliva Purvis. I read this over the summer and it is eye-opening!