I know my blog has been heavily Corona-focused recently but, truth be told, it’s all I can think about at the moment. I know that for a lot of people, they prefer to completely distract themselves and I totally understand that; I personally don’t watch the news at all, my parents do so I get the gist of what’s going on out there but I learnt a long time ago that paying constant attention to the news doesn’t help my mental health at all. The problem i’m having is that it doesn’t matter if i’m watching the news or not, COVID-19 is everywhere, both literally and figuratively and it’s impossible to escape.
Everyone is going to have their own methods of distraction, I tend to seek comfort in old and familiar activities like the following;
Repeat TV shows
I must admit, I’ve been binge watching TV for weeks to distract my thoughts. Old British comedy like Only Fools, The Vicar of Dibley and Fawlty Towers can really settle my mind. There’s something so wonderful about these tv shows because ultimately the premise to every episode is; we have a problem, let’s laugh our way through it. I’ve also watched the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice twice in one week, and i’m starting Sense and Sensibility for the second time too. I love period dramas because they’re set in a time when people have far, far less than we do now in far less desirable circumstances and they make it through whatever they have to face – which, lets be honest, isn’t very dramatic.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’ve always wanted to maintain a somewhat successful blog, to have an outlet for creativity and now that i’ve got extra time on my hands i’ve got the opportunity to really make an effort. Granted, all of my content is currently COVID-19 focused but to be honest, writing your thoughts and worries and concerns down is good for you – though perhaps I should refrain from writing them down on a public forum.
I’ve never drunk so much tea as I have in the last week. In part because it’s comforting working from home and I love being able to stay in my cosy clothing and take breaks in my own kitchen and in part, because hot drinks are just the ultimate comfort aren’t they?
Spending time with my Mum
I always seek comfort in spending time with my mum when i’m feeling a little anxious. Not necessarily talking through my anxieties at all, but just chatting, playing a game, being in her general orbit.
I’m adding this to my list just today. I sat with my mum for what must be the third time in my life to try to learn to knit and by Joe, she’s got it! At the moment my hands are hurting from gripping the needles and i’ve sprained my tongue from sticking it out in concentration so much but I’ve found it really distracting having to focus so hard on the action that it’s been nice to pass the time figuring it out.
Look, It’s shit out there at the moment, it’s like something out of an apocalypse movie and everyone is scared. If you’re not scared, you’re either ignorant or you know something we don’t. I hope you’re finding solace in the things you love and doing whatever you can to stay safe.