It’s a challenging time for everyone. So self care for family/flatmate/friends whatever grouping you find yourself in, is crucially important. Support each other, perhaps elect one person (or one might naturally be inclined to do so without prompting) to be the cheerful buddy to keep spirits up. If you are living alone connect to your friends, family and wider family via social networks particularly visual ones with face to face experiences such as Skype. You can still elect a buddy but a virtual one!
Top 10 apps like Skype: https://www.techlazy.com/apps-like-skype/
Limit your use of social media – keep informed but avoid too much scrutiny of sad reports which come up on your feed. Instead, focus on the positive, the humour, the real life stories of kindness and positivity you find.
For example there is this lovely Facebook group to share your children’s and your pictures of rainbows – Rainbow Trail: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681125849365623/
On A Personal Note
My hubby hasn’t been feeling too well this week and we’ve been wondering if he has the virus. It’s difficult to tell without a test. Our nerves are at breaking point, it’s been a very stressful time. Whilst keeping and eye on his illness my daughters and I have been extra careful, washing our hands, disinfecting like crazy because it is possible to have the Coronavirus mildly, or even to be asymptomatic. Hubby has been up and down but he seems on the mend, fingers crossed, so perhaps it was something else? We will still be vigilant.
I’ve recently started to work from home, as the UK like so many countries is in lock down. I’m shocked by the number of people who still continue to behave as if the virus is nothing to be feared, gathering together for barbeques, family gatherings and the like.
I know it’s nice to get together but seriously can’t you wait? We have to get to grips with this NOW before more people die, or get seriously ill.
What have I been doing?
I have to say I haven’t felt like reading at all. I just don’t have the energy. But, my bookworm eldest daughter wasn’t having that! Bless her. She encouraged me to read some romance. She’s suggested My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Die For Me by Amy Plum. Hum… I went for the latter. Enjoying it… apart from the title!
On the plus side I’ve started writing a little – my current project/s are flash fiction about the virus plus a YA short story set in a post pandemic world. Very topical. It’s a romance which is a different genre for me. Perhaps, I needed a little romance to cheer me up! I’m really enjoying writing this, especially as I always struggle to write romance. A positive I may have cracked it!
Work wise I’ve been working Monday to Friday same hours as usual. So no change there, keeping busy until 6pm every evening.
My daughters and I have plans to exercise, so with that in mind we have ordered some gym stuff to work out at home, or in the garden. Yes, a yoga mat! I might not be perched on a cliff face but life does feel a bit like that at the moment.
I hope you find these various mental health links, apps and learning possibilities useful:
Before I go I’d like to introduce you to a new found friend of mine:
My poetry, prose and photography collection released on February 16th. Perhaps you may like to treat yourself to a copy. I’d be thrilled if you do.
Mr. Sagittarius is available in kindle, full colour paperback and free in Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
A magical story expressed via poetry and prose with photographic images.
Buying link: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius
Keep safe. Let me know how you are coping during these scary and challenging times and do comment below if you’ve found some interesting resources too.
Much love and hugs, keep safe.
Stay safe, Marje thank you for all the links. How is Hubby? 🤗
He’s a lot better thanks Ritu. But we are still keeping a watchful eye on him. Xxx
Stay safe Marje xxx
I am sorry to hear about your husband, Marje, that is stressful. My boys and I have all been very sick with chest infections and sinus infections which just didn’t clear. Our doctor said she doesn’t think it is this new virus but they can’t no for sure without testing and they only test here if you are admitted into hospital. Terence and I are also working from home.
Oh I’m so sorry to hear that Robbie. Same here, we can’t get tested unless we are admitted to hospital. Take care, hope you all feel better soon. Worrying times. x
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A positive heartwarming post from M J Mallon and I agree; limit your social media and don’t be dragged down.
Thank you for this lovely positive post Marjie, I hope hubby is still improving. We are coping well . Thank you for the links I shall be looking them up. Sending byou positive vibes.💜
Thank you Willow. He’s a little better but seems tired. Hopefully he will be on the mend soon. Hope you find some of the links helpful. x
I am glad he is on the mend. I am sure I will find the links helpful. Do stay safe all of you 💜💜💜
And you Willow. <3 xxx
I read Mr. Sagittarius and think it’s a wonderful, uplifting read for anyone whose feeling confined or anxious. I hope your husband is feeling better.
Aww thank you so much Priscilla. So glad you enjoyed Mr. Sagittarius and can recommend during this time. If you get a chance to review would be so appreciative as it’s a new book and my first poetry/prose/photography collection. My husband is getting better but we are keeping an eye on him. Worrying times. Take care, stay well. Xxx
Great share Marje. And glad your hub is on the mend. I hear you on the lack of concentration on your reading, I’m feeling the same way about writing – hard to concentrate most days. And I hope you are done working on lockdown now!!!! Stay safe <3
Thank you Debby. Yes it’s tough. Very hard to concentrate. I’m very busy at work but should be quieter next week as our students are on Easter break. I’m quite enjoying working from home. Keep well. <3
You too Marje <3
I’m so glad to hear that your husband is feeling better, Marje. Best news I’ve heard all day! I’ve been struggling with this virus, not physically, but distracted and slightly depressed. My husband is home and he has the news on ALL DAY. You’ve reminded me of the importance of getting away from it. I’m retreating to the bedroom to read and chill. Thank you. Please stay safe and well. <3
Thank you Diana. Yes the news sucks you in and can drag you down. I’m glad I’m reading again I’ve got my daughter to thank for that. Stay well, happy reading. <3
Glad your husband is feeling better Marje… We have been more or less self-isolating for the last 17 years and are used to working from home in the same office. But I find the stress is actually going out. I am only going out for fresh veg up to this point but now Ireland is in total lock down until 12th April and very happy to be behind a locked gate. The last time I went out for fresh vegetables, I felt there was a serial killer lurking behind every display in the supermarket.. and invisible one at that. Stay safe and it is great that we are all keeping in touch, thank goodness for the Internet. xx
Thank you Sally. Hes not out of the woods yet. Whatever was ailing him has calmed down but he seems exhausted. Worried about his blood pressure. I spoke to my mum and dad on Skype yesterday and we agreed how eerie shopping has become. Take care, at least isolation isn’t so difficult for writers/bloggers. I fear more for the mental health of my two young daughters one of whom is separated from her boyfriend and already missing him. Xxx
I hope he feels better soon but he sounds like he has fought off whatever the bug was and it is exhausting…take care and keep in touch..♥
Great post 😁
Thank you for this great post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning from your thoughts! I have recently published an article on my blog about the economic and mental health impacts of this current pandemic but how we can solve these problems. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post and let me know your thoughts! Thanks 🙂
Hi I just popped over to your blog to comment. Great post! Thank you for reading and commenting on my mental health Coronavirus post, appreciate it. Stay safe and well. 🙂
Thank you very much! All the best to you aswell 🙂