Day 3 and 4. “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

What an inspiring quote. After reading this, I felt so good about everything. In a situation like this, I feel like it requires you to be strong. Tough.

Normally, I’m a bit of a social butterfly. I seem to always be out meeting people and doing things with everyone, but I haven’t been able to do any of that, which I’ve fought really hard. At the start, I kind of went into a bit of a low, because I missed the people I saw regularly, but now I try and make sure that I contact people through FaceTime or messages or calls. It makes such a difference because then I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I’m still in sync with people, and it cheers me up talking to my friends and family. Reminds me how much I love them all.

The highlight of my day yesterday was phoning a friend I’ve known for around 9 years, and honestly it was lovely. We had a massive catch up and reminisced about the past. We were laughing and joking and were talking for nearly 2 hours. It makes you very grateful, and appreciative of those you speak to, and it has really helped being in lockdown. If you’re struggling, and want to feel social, try and video call someone. Maybe don’t even talk about what’s going on at the moment. Make each other laugh or bring up something uplifting. Remember that support is all around you. Everyone feels the same. Why don’t we lean on each other, and give that guidance to those who need it. You’re not alone.

Another highlight of my day was cuddling with my lovely boyfriend. I’m so grateful that I’m in lockdown with him, and we are supporting each other through this. Going to bed and having a hug with him really helps end my day on a good note. Having someone with me at the moment is amazing, and just having that one person to have affection with in these difficult times is really great. I feel really bad for those who are missing their loved ones during these times, but try and look ahead towards the end of this where you can see them. Run at them and give them a big hug. Just try and keep talking as much as you can and look for that light at the end of the tunnel. It’ll be okay.

Looking at today, the highlight would be having a FaceTime with another one of my wonderful friends. It cheered me up so much and really helped catching up with someone else. I didn’t get to say goodbye to many of my friends, which I found really hard so to speak to them online helped a little bit. Although I am frustrated about third year ending so abruptly, I am so glad for still having the opportunity to speak to them online.

When I was sitting at the table tonight, eating dinner, I looked around. I had my loved ones around me and knew I had my family and friends online too, and it was really nice to take a moment to be grateful. To be thankful. Everyone is healthy and safe and it was lovely to just reflect on that. It helps so much to see the bigger picture. Sometimes I wonder if things are so bad, but then I remind myself that there is so much to be thankful for. All my parents, my partner, my family, my friends. I love them all so much.

My tips for today would be:

  • Once a day, take a moment to stop and reflect upon what you have. Look at how your day is going, your friends and family and what things are going well. If you look at the present and realise all the positives, it’ll make things feel so much better. It’ll put you in a good stance.
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, try and find a distraction. When things go Pete tong for me or it’s all a bit too much, do something else. Earlier, I went onto Disney+ and watched Thats so Raven. The childhood nostalgia really helped make me feel better.
  • Look in the mirror and smile. Smile or laugh. I read somewhere that it actually makes you feel better. It uplifts you and helps. When I look in the mirror, even if I am feeling rubbish, I make myself smile or I find something that makes me laugh and it’s so worth it. Try it.

“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

Stay safe lovely people, and keep smiling. We are all doing so well.

Until tomorrow,

Asha

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