Coming out of lockdown
As the covid situation changes, lockdown rules have eased off a bit, and more and more of use are receiving the vaccination, the world is opening up a bit more, like some kind of blanket being removed. A blanket that affects us all differently; some of us can’t wait to throw it off and grab a coffee (or stronger!) and others feel more apprehension and a heaviness in their feet. This article goes into a bit about why it is normal to expect that we may not be as confident as we were; https://patient.info/news-and-features/why-its-normal-to-feel-anxious-about-a-post-covid-future People are desperate for a new normal, we just don’t know that much about what that normal will look like moving forwards. But here’s what we do know; the more joy and happiness you have in your life (however you find it), the easier the new normal will come.
Not living in fear
I don’t believe in living in fear, and I don’t believe that is always easy. I should also point out I don’t believe in putting people at risk. So somewhere in the middle of that has come a new version of me, one who leans in to what is happening without listening to the news, and going down an emotional hole of doubt and despair. A version of me, that takes a big breathe in and thinks ‘ok, here we go, I know this will all pan out’. The ‘old me’ (that should be ‘young me’ though right?!), 20 years ago wouldn’t have been able to do that, but here’s to growth, positive practices, remembering what I learned, and allowing my brain to fill with positive things, not giving the negatives enough water and light to thrive (we all know, they will if you let them). I won’t lie, sometimes my sprinkler system goes on overdrive! I did find this article on the benefits of being outside on our mental health, Thriving With Nature | Mental Health Foundation There are loads of research articles and great examples of why being outside is so beneficial for us. That said, I think it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of work and other barriers which mean that time outside isn’t always a priority or as easy as we would like.
Can surprises in the past mean you lean into the unknown of the future?
I’ve said to many friends, the weeks after we found out we were expecting twins in 2018, I consciously let go of the oars. I make that sound like it was easy, it wasn’t, and went against everything I had always done in the past! But as I tested the water, dipped my toe and then went for a full swim in the shockingly cold lake of ‘I’ve got this’, I honestly believe I let a lot into my life, which is why I tried to take the same approach with covid and everything that came with that. Don’t get me wrong, I have wobbly days, don’t we all? But I try to remember who I am, what matters and what does not. And I don’t expect that those wobbly days will magically disappear because we are all being allowed back out again. For me and for many people. Everything is a process and an evolution.
Trying to get out more
So what does this mean in meantime? As we come out of lockdown where are folk feeling most comfortable? Of course we are still restricted in the type of things we can do and where we can do them. Here at Eric, we figured people would want to know about what outdoor activities are on their doorstep, so we have been focussing on making sure there are lots of ideas for the outdoors (free and paid for). We figured some people might need that extra bit of inspiration or a couple of ideas throwing their way. I know after my twins have screamed at me for (what feels like a lifetime but in fact is probably only 20 minutes) my ability to make decisions and engage in any kind of meaningful conversation is heavily depleted.
Outdoor spaces on Eric
So take a look at what is in your area that you could do. We have updated (and continue to do so) and expand on outdoor spaces. You can find ideas on beaches to feed that yearning you might have to see sea and open expanses of sandy stretches. We’ve made sure there are forests for you to peruse through, some with river walks, some with cycle ways, others are just pure nature reserves with undulating paths through trees, streams and fields. If you have ideas of the kind of things that could be featured on the website then let us know! We love haring about ideas. It’s a time for renewal, to click refresh, or even shutdown and restart! You may be desperate to fill every moment you can with things that get you out of the house, or you may feel safer in your own 4 walls than anywhere else. But what is right for the people you know and love may not necessarily be right for you. So above all it should be about comfort and what brings you joy.
What are your favourite things to do at the moment? What brings you joy? Leave us a comment below.
Thanks to Singkham, Sam Kolder, Kordi Vahle and Rachel Claire for the photos!
Please always adhere to government guidelines when going out and about.