Lockdown started in March and since then spring has gradually progressed to summer. At the start I watched a tree come into bloom and now fruits are forming, and the tree is covered in leaves. Traffic has increased a little and people are queueing outside a popular chip shop.
These may not seem like important observations, but taking notice of the world around you can be important for wellbeing. It sparks curiosity and interest and helps to ground you in the moment and feel part of it. This is similar to the concept of mindfulness: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/
Even with restrictions, there are many ways to take notice of what is going on around you, here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- If you go out for daily exercise, vary the route. If you have one, try to visit your local park or green space at a time when it is not too busy.
- Spend time enjoying your garden if you have one, and see our website feature on National Gardening Week to give you some gardening ideas
- If you don’t have a garden can you find an indoor plant to take care of, pot up or take a cutting from?
- Follow the news but look for stories not related to coronavirus, or look out for local and national good news stories.
- In line with mindfulness, take time throughout the day to pause and notice what is going on around you and to think about and accept how you are feeling.