COVID-19: Gratitude and Gardening in These Challenging Times.
So, a lot has happened since my last post!! The world is in chaos, we’re now in lockdown, and we’re currently experiencing the biggest pandemic of our time!
Is it just me, or does it all feel very surreal? I’m slowly adapting to a new normal, but I still wake up in the morning, wondering if it’s all been a dream!
How have you all been coping? I hope you and your loved ones are managing to stay safe and well! ??
I’ve avoided getting sick so far (thank goodness!) but, as someone who’s immunocompromised and self-employed, I’m definitely finding it daunting!
I think I’m probably managing better than some, however, as I’m so used to having a hugely unpredictable life and future, that’s filled with much isolation (due to living with chronic Lyme).
The coping mechanisms I use to deal with my illness, have also been helping me to cope with the current situation.
One of my favourite mental exercises is to re-frame the situation in my mind, and try to focus on:
* What I do have (not what I lack).
* The things that I can still control in my life.
* And all that I’m grateful for (no matter how big or small those things might be).
Right now, I’m so incredibly grateful to all the amazing people who are selflessly helping others. From our health workers, carers and key workers, to the community volunteers who are going above and beyond to help those who are vulnerable and in need. ?
I’m also thankful to have a roof over my head, to have food and supplies, and to have my mum and my cats for company!
Never far from my mind though, are all the people who are in a much worse situation than I am.
My heart completely breaks for those who’ve lost loved ones, and for all who are struggling and suffering. Please know that you’re in my prayers!
Because of my health issues, I’ve been self-isolating at home since mid-March (before the official lockdown began) and I’ve spent much of that time, pottering about in the garden – another thing I’ve very thankful for!
With my RHS allotment course no longer running, I’ve been on a mission to extend my growing area, and make some more veggie beds of my own!
I don’t know about you, but gardening never fails to uplift me – and digging for victory has really been a wonderful distraction!
There’s just something so primal about working the land, following the weather/seasons, and sowing teeny-tiny seeds that will eventually become an abundance of food!
I know that so many people have been busy in their gardens lately too, and I’m super excited for all the people who are new to growing fruits and veggies! (I started a few years ago, and it’s addictive!)
Hopefully, our homegrown harvests will help to reduce some of the pressure on the food industry, and help to feed our families and communities this summer!
Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still grow a surprising amount of food in containers (outside, or even on a windowsill). So why not give it a go?
In my upcoming posts, I’ll be sharing more of my gardening journey as well as some tips and tricks, that I’ve been learning along the way!
Take care, and I look forward to seeing you then!