Figures

UK Deaths: 36,793

UK Cases: 259,559

Worldwide Deaths: 345,009

Worldwide Cases: 5,451,584

This Week

It is the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, and to mark the end I thought I’d do a little positive post about the 5 things I’m thankful for in lockdown, after my honest and open letter to the boys last week.

Lockdown has been relaxed this week and it seems for the most part that people are adhering to the guidelines.  Of course, there are groups of people not sticking to them, but I think there’s a couple of reasons for this.

  1. Some people still just don’t get it and won’t adhere no matter what.
  2. The relaxed guidelines weren’t quite so clear and I think quite a few people are unsure, especially about one person, meeting one other person outside of their household.
  3. Oh and then there are government ministers and advisors who can stand and tell us what to do, but when it comes to them, they can do what the hell they like!

Other countries that have relaxed lockdown have started to see rises in cases again, but no ‘second peak’ so far.  The schools opening on June 1st in the UK to certain years is probably the biggest controversy of them all.  The government are now covering their bottoms by saying they now cannot guarantee children to social-distance, but they will make the return to school ‘as safe as possible.’

5 Things I’m Thankful For

Family

Even though we are separated by garden fences, by streets, by county and by country, my family have been absolutely amazing.  Text messages, socially distanced chats in the garden, the offer of zoom calls (still haven’t worked up to that) and just constant contact from everyone checking in has made such a distance. Love you all ♥

Friends

Again similar to family, separated by streets, counties and countries, even continents, my friends have been invaluable.  Listening to me when I was at my lowest, laughing at all the hilarious memes and TikTok videos we have sent each other.  I heard someone say the other day how a simple message from someone unexpected can make such a difference.  I can totally concur as a simple LinkedIn message from a friend in India just to ‘check-in’ meant all the more as it was not expected at all. Love you guys too ♥

Daisy

She may still have accidents on the kitchen floor (any advice gratefully received) and she may bark at the slightest movement or when we eat, but boy do I love her.  When it’s been a hard day or a crap day I can always count on Daisy to run at me with utter devotion, and sometimes a little wee.  Her cuddles are just the best, and it’s kinda nice having another bitch in the house!

Daisy Duke the Dachshund

The Weather

The nice weather really does make a difference.  Can you imagine if we’d had to be in lockdown in mid-winter, I really think we’d have been looking at an even worse mental health crisis if we had?  It is not great as it is, but the ability to be able to go outside to enjoy the sun, even if it’s as little as sitting on your doorstep or opening a window wide.  I don’t think we can deny the effect that has on our mental health during this pandemic.

A Garden

I am so lucky to have a beautiful garden.  Whilst, funnily enough, the roof over my head has felt too big, too expansive due to my ever-growing feeling of agoraphobia (I find myself limiting my movement in the house to specific rooms), the garden has been my savour.  It is so hard to explain how despite wanting to be contained whilst at home, I find my garden just the most comforting area.  It’s all about, as I said, containment.  The garden is containing me from the outside, an outside that has changed, that I no longer know.  The longer I stay in, the harder it is to go out, and the more outside has changed.  Having the garden has been a life-saver.

Tomorrow is the last bank holiday for a few months and the weather should be nice, so let’s see what it brings.

How is everyone coping in the lockdown, what is the thing you are most thankful for right now?

Fay x