How are we all doing?

Hey guys! I hope you’re all doing well in these circumstances…these are such weird times and I think days can be like a rollercoaster! Some days are good, some not do good. But it is completely understandable. I hope you’re all carrying on well, and feeling comfortable with everything going on.

Walks are really helping me right now. Getting some fresh air and going out improves my mood a lot. In my lunch breaks or on evenings, I do like going to the beach or the park for a nice walk. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of my bubble in the house and go and clear my head. I honestly recommend it if you are feeling the same way.

How are we all feeling now that lockdown has eased a lot more? Pubs and retail being open and everything starting to continue as ‘normal.’ I think that some are finding it a bit easier to go out and return to normality, where as there are others who are feeling anxious and are struggling to get out of their bubble. I feel like I’m the latter to be honest. I’m really finding it hard to be around lots of people, and so conscious of those around me. I wonder if lots of people are also feeling this way. I just feel like when I’m at a supermarket or out on a walk, I am constantly looking around for people around me. I have been wearing a mask in places like the shops for a while now, and I think it does make me feel a lot better. I for one am really relieved that masks are compulsory soon. I just hope people wear them.

I think it’s going to take a lot of time to get back to normal. It’s funny really, when I am watching films or TV now, I see everyone hugging and breathing over each other and I compare it so much to this situation we’re in now. I always respond being really shocked that people aren’t ‘2 metres apart.’ I just think because this is such a massive thing that has happened to the world, it’s hard to see something as simple as people altogether as ‘normal’ again.

I have started meeting friends and extended family, but I am still so cautious about it. I am very aware of the gap, and to not directly breath on each other. I don’t know if it’s easier for those who are living in a healthy household, but as I have lived with an individual at risk, I am very aware and alert about it. I think being outside with friends is fine, and I feel comfortable about it, however when it is busy, or people come close to you, it does get a bit stressful.

I went to an outdoor café today, and it was the first time I had been out in a social setting to eat and I did feel very safe. I was at a safe distance from everyone else, and all the staff were wearing PPE. I think that as long as I am careful, it’s fine. It’s all about easing myself into it and taking things slow.

Personally, I don’t feel comfortable meeting in big groups, or not socially distancing. I know that the virus is still out there, and is still very much causing deaths. I know to wear my mask, and I know that this is going to take time, but in my opinion, it is all about being careful and alert. In an ideal world, I would love nothing more than to go to a house party or meet up with a lot of my friends, but I would just not feel comfortable doing it, and we aren’t allowed. In my head, I see it as getting through this period of time now, until things can go back to normal properly, then I very much look forward to seeing my friends and family, for hugs and affection. I can’t wait.

I really hope you are all staying safe, and feeling well. I hope all your family and friends are safe and well. I also hope you’re happy. There are going to be bad days, where you feel low and blue, but there will also be the other days when you laugh and smile, and positive things happen throughout your day. Hang onto the positives. This will end. It’s only temporary. We can do this. Just persevere.

All my love guys, stay safe and well.

Asha

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