As the UK and many European countries head back into a full lockdown it's hard at times to think of anything else. Everyone has an opinion, for or against lockdown, schools closing or not, vaccines good or bad and so on. But whatever your opinion on the subject, it is what it is and like it or not we have to make the best of it.
There was a lot said at the start of the lockdowns in March last year about using the time productively, to get fit, learn a new skill, reorganise your home and so on. For me at the start I tried to embrace this and loved the inspiring posts I saw online. It kept me going in a strange and scary time and helped me focus. Being productive gives me a sense of achievement and I've always worked on the theory that even if it doesn't cheer me up, at least I've done something useful and taken my mind of things in the process.
I do realise I was lucky and it was easier for me to do this than others in different situations. Not being in the UK, our lockdown was strict but our cases were low so no-one really knew of anyone getting sick or being affected health wise. Money was tight as businesses were forced to close but we were still in the off-season so we are used to many things being closed until the tourists arrive in April / May. It was a difficult time but for us at least it was ok- ish.
I have always tried to find inspiring and motivational posts online but there started to be a shift in the types of posts I was seeing, and the overriding message became 'It's ok not to be ok'.
It is, of course but I started to find it gradually pulling me down. I'm sure this message helped many who had been overwhelmed by all the posts from the 'over achievers' those who had lost weight, nailed home school and set up new businesses etc. It is important to not be too hard on yourself, but I was missing the push to do more, like it wasn't ok to admit to being happy or achieving any more. I missed the inspiration, I didn't want a hug as much as a kick up the backside!
I wanted to shout into the interwebs - yes it's ok not to be ok, but it's not ok to stop pushing onwards.
Whatever that thing is that keeps you going, you've still got to push for it, even if you are only able to take the tiniest of baby steps each day.
I feel people are scared to say, get up and get on with it, and I do get that - after all I've started a whole new blog to be able to say what I like without worrying! Mental health is a very tricky subject and to someone really suffering its not as easy as a motivational instagram post or a kick up the bum, but if that applies to you I'd really recommend stepping away from social media and talking to a professional.
It's a weird scary time and of course you need to take care of yourself, in whatever way is best for you. For a very large proportion of us that means getting your big girl pants on, setting your alarm clock and shifting your arse!
Karin from Imperfectly Happy, puts it much better (and more politely) than I can, and I strongly recommend popping over to the Imperfectly Happy page on facebook as we head into the next lock down for a support and inspiration.
What do you think? Will you aim to survive, or try your best to thrive throughout lockdown and the coming year?