So as you can imagine from the title of this post, we will be talking about Covid! Now I've done pretty well to avoid it. It has been two years since Covid-19 was first announced as a potential threat to this country and thus leading into our first lockdown of 2020. I was beginning to think I was invincible (lol) as there was many opportunities where I simply could have caught it. And by no doubt, I do believe I have been very fortunate to only have very mild symptoms of the virus, but by no means does that mean that it doesn't play with your mental health.
It seems that the rate of the spread of the virus is very high at the moment, and many I know have got it the same time as I (covid friends!). I'll be honest, it can be as is challenging. Not necessarily the virus for me, but the not going out is hard. It definitely feels like your a prisoner. For those who exercise everyday it is hard, yet alone going out for some fresh air. It has been proven that exercise is so good for your mental health and self-esteem, that when something like that is taken away from you, you find yourself at a loose end. I feel we are at a time where we need each other more than ever. It is the time for community spirit to come into play and come to the need of others.
As I write this, I can't help but think about those having to isolate alone, and perhaps are very lonely. For me, this isn't a problem as of course I have Lewis and while we are together, it is important for me to find my own personal space as I don't think I can be in the same room as him for consecutive days! Likewise for him too! I want to use this platform as a message to others. If you know someone who is currently isolating either due to exposure or actually having covid themselves, then please check on them. Whether this be in the form of a video call, phone call or text message. As humans, we have this desire to be wanted and appreciated by others so making the first move can be hard for us. I just want you to imagine yourself alone. How are you feeling? Do you have the confidence to reach out and tell others how you're feeling? Perhaps this is a yes, or perhaps this is a no. Unfortunately, a lot of us can find ourselves being very stubborn and actually coming to acceptance. I saw the other day this fabulous idea from Meta (Facebook) called "Adopt A Grandparent", the process where you can video call someone elderly and have a chat. There are so many people out there who would just love to benefit from this service. If you have covid yourself and find yourself well enough to do so, with a lot of free time on your hands, why don't you try this?
Now my Coronavirus symptoms haven't been all that bad! It started as a common cold. A couple of years ago, you wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the symptoms of a cold. Then came the throat. It wasn't a sore throat as such which is painful but more of a scratchy sensation with the urge to literally itch the annoyance away. Luckily I found some Vicks which has been keeping my symptoms low and making my breathing a lot easier! Another symptom I found very strange was lower back pain. It literally felt I had pulled something around my coccyx. But I always tell myself I should never moan - I am in a very fortunate position, have food and a roof over my head. I have to find positivity in life in order to accept things. It's a good way to think of things. For example, if I was to have a bad day, it is so easy to go "oh it's rainy and grey, to match my mood", but I have always like to think that there is always a patch of blue sky in the sky signalling a little bit of hope or happiness. I hope you take this away with you today and do the same.
Well for the next few days I hope to be as productive as possible, Writing blog posts, editing new podcasts and if you haven't already noticed I have rebranded my website and focusing on that little by little. It can be tiring and time consuming, but I've got all the time on my hands at the moment!
If you're missing exercise due to covid, try and do some in your home. Something is better than nothing.
I would love to know what you would love to be reading on these posts? Please get in touch using the contact form on my contact page. Anyway, I hope you all stay safe, look after each other and keep positive - you never know how much it'll help you. And if you can take one thing from today's post, be that of checking on another. It'll mean a lot to them.