Take notice

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We have been in lockdown for a number of weeks and in that time spring has arrived. At the start I watched a tree come into bloom and now these flowers have finished and fresh green leaves are emerging. I watch the buses passing, some empty and some carrying a few essential workers to and from their jobs.

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 lockdown 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. Take an interest in front gardens or count the number of rainbows supporting care workers that are displayed in windows.
  • Spend time enjoying your garden if you have one, the following link may give you some gardening ideas that can be adapted to make do of what you have without going to a gardening centre. See our website feature on National Gardening Week.
  • 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.