Many hope lessons in Covid

Today I am going to post twice, as I had a little break and this will cover the missing posts over the past four days. So I wanted to share about my Covid experience and hope lessons I have learned.

  1. Change direction.

The pandemic has brought many things to a grinding halt. This is really sad. However closed doors mean other doors can open. I will nevcer forget the experiment I did one day with a rusty clothes rail and a few second hand clothes. This was the beginning of the burgeoning enterprise that is now our clothing bank. I posted a while back on how big things start small and this is an example. We have a lovely team of volunteers and we are clothing many of the most vulnerable in our community.

2. Be brave

I think changing direction takes courage. It is hard sometimes to say farewell to an old path, but is is necessary. Life is about twists and turns and transitions. Be courageous and take that step towards a new challenge. And don’t look back.

3. Don’t let others define you

I have dyspraxia and with this come many challenges, primarily; organisation and structure. But I don’t let others’ views of me define me, hard as it is sometimes. I battle through and do what I feel called to do.

4. Do research

This may seem a bit unusual, but with the helath service stretched, I feel I need to take responsibility for my own health and wellbeing. I am reading about how to keep healthy (see Lady D’s for an excellent blog on health and mental wellbeing) and I read a lot. I feel that it is important to take regular exercise, eat well and I also take vitamin D daily. That is my view. I also spend a lot of time outside and host the clothing bank outside, because that is safe. And so far so good. I have been well over the past few monthgs, which is a rela blessing (apart from falling over which was an unfortunate accident).

5. Relax and rest

I don’t know about everyone else, but I think pandemics are exhausting. There i8s a barrage of negative news hurling itself at us daily and this is psychologically wearing. I think it is relaly important to rest and do little fun things like reading. I have read many books this year and will write a post on that soon. I find just lying down and ‘having a good think’ as I like to call it re-energises me.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the pandemic? Please share.

Today’s recipe of hope is to choose one of the above and put it into practice. And do let me know what you think. Keep safe everybody X

Published by hope2020exchangingdisappointmentforhope

I am a qualified social worker and run a community project for vulnerable adults. I am passionate about social justice. I feel that every life matters. No-one is insignificant or invaluable. I also believe that everyone has the power to change, although some may not wish to. Essentially, I believe in hope. Hope Wells is my writing name.

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