It's a pretty strange time at the minute for everyone. In the UK we've just gone into a second lockdown and amongst this virus, I've had a lot of time to think and reflect.
Up until moving day and amongst working with this virus looming above our heads, I haven't had the time nor the energy to be posting on my blog.
Just Being Meg has been a great space keeping me busy on furlough, however now I feel the pressure to carry on writing regularly.
During this short break, I've been thinking a lot about what makes me happy and how important it is to take the time to process what's going on.
No one has ever been through anything like this in their lifetime. It's an extraordinary disaster. And people deal with it the way they want to deal with it. I wish I was one of those people who could make banana bread and work out every day but sometimes that simply isn't the case.
What's made my heart happy over this time is the watercolour painting skills I've developed, the quality time I've been able to (safely) spend with some of my loved ones, the community I've built with Just Being Meg, the books I've able to read and the food I've been able to cook and the hours and hours of extra sleep. Sometimes it's the little things that make you grateful for the life you have.
Don't get me wrong, I haven't consistently felt grateful for these small blessings. I've cried and I've hidden away and I've been crushed by the overwhelming sense of anxiety. But we have good and bad days and we deal with this the way we best feel fit.
Which leads me onto my next point. Writing every week.
I love writing and I've loved using this platform to learn and grow. But putting pressure on myself to do that every week is now not something I'm able to do. I will now be writing blog posts as of when I feel like it and try and post everyday over on my Instagram, however, if I don't feel like posting every day I refuse to put pressure on myself to do that.
Finally, I wanted to end with some support surrounding coronavirus.
The NHS provide so great advice on coping with anxiety surrounding coronavirus, which you can find here.
Similarly are some tips from the NHS on coping with loneliness here.
I also just wanted to leave these websites - if you’re not comfortable talking to a friend, parent, colleague etc. there are some great anonymous services you can use to chat about how you’re feeling.
(For up to 24-year-olds)
(For all ages)
Remember to take care of yourselves. We got through this once we can do it again.
Just Being Meg