In last week’s Monday morning meeting, the sentence ‘Elaine, can you write a blog’ filtered into my ears and my heart sank. I’m not a keen blogger at the best of times, and what do you write about when a global pandemic has kicked off, the world is in free-fall and we’re all on our individual emotional roller-coasters?
A few thoughts came to mind: ‘how will shopping behaviours change?’, ‘what can brands do to protect themselves?’ etc. However, these ideas felt a little trivial given our current situation, so I’m going for…
‘Four things I’ve done this week to make me feel a bit stronger .’
A rising sense of panic is not helped by a bombardment of news updates, so I now limit myself to one or two news broadcasts a day. Instead of waking up to a sombre Radio 4 newsreader who sucks another little bit of hope out of me with every sentence, I’ve reverted to a soothing and tinkly alarm tone. Never have I been so pleased to hear my alarm going off.
A friend who works as a counsellor told me that if you live on your own it’s important to go with video calls rather than just audio. Apparently, it tricks your brain into thinking you’ve had a deeper social interaction. Good old brain! Maybe that’s why I felt better after our latest work meeting? Or maybe it was because everyone looked funny, with different sized faces, strange backgrounds and random children walking in and out of frame.
I’m writing a list of things I will do when this s*** show is over. Usually I’m the first person to default to ‘expect the worst’ self-preservation mode, but knowing I have this little book tucked away in a drawer with a few simple dreams written in it is strangely reassuring!
I planted some vegetables, which I realise I’m lucky to do as not everyone has a garden. But hopefully you have a window – and if you do, plant something. It might not come to anything, but if you see a tiny shoot come through the compost it might shed a little light on a dreary day. I’ll be honest, I’m probably heading for my usual crop of two blueberries and a very small radish – but in these times the little things are important!
Good luck everyone, and a huge thank you to all the medical staff, police, fire brigade, shop workers, delivery drivers and all those who are keeping us going.