So many of you have reached out to me after my last blog, and shared their difficulties and stories with me. I thank you so much for your trust, it means the world to me.
Showing and admitting my vulnerability so publicly is certainly not natural to me, but I have to admit I was touched and overwhelmed by all the love you shared with me. Thank you very much.
I can definitely say, from all your feedback, that the 3rd lockdown is a lot harder. COVID is still out there, but there also positive news. The vaccine process is getting along well and we have a plan and some dates, where restrictions are getting lifted, to look forward to.
We just need a little more patience, and sometimes we need some help. This are a few examples how I am managing my ‘time off’ better.
I have actively decided not to be defeated and have started to invest in myself.
I started exercising again. Maybe like I have never done before. I go running. Yes, you have read correctly. Everyone who knows me is that I am not running. Anywhere.
I’m French, so I float. Not running. No, no.
But I do, and I have to say I like it. Well as much as someone can like running.
I also do classes. During lockdown a lot of classes are either reduced in price, some of them are even free. Check out on google. With everything being remote, it actually doesn’t matter where in the world the class is. Try it, it’ll be fun.
If you want to support a local business, try Zahra Shah fitness classes. They are fabulous and great value.
I also started cooking again. Or at least a lot more than I have in the past. My grandmother is my biggest inspiration and I send her a picture when I have cooked one of her recipes. Standing on the stove and trying new things out is giving me the possibility to be creative and adventurous. I absolutely enjoy it.
If cooking isn’t your thing, but eating is then try Marie-Clare Cooks from the heart of Hanwell. She served absolutely delicious meals to affordable prices in her lovely new shop.
Self-improvement was always a major life goal of mine. When I studied psychology I learnt how important it is to look after your mental health as much as for the physical. I always reach out to people when I need help, might it be a life coach, a card reader or a therapist. Whatever I need in this moment and it always kept me on track when I thought I was lost.
There are a few people I would like to recommend to you today:
Celine is a card reader, life coach and medium
If you need clarity, she is your go to person. I see Celine nearly every month, as it give me direction and comfort.
She is extremely talented and her reading are absolutely precise. Go and see her when you are ready.
Lynsey Metcalfe is also a life coach and Alexander techniques teacher.
She deals with nervous breakdowns and general life crisis by taking an overall approach to look at your mental and physical health, as mind and body can’t be separated. They are one unit.
Pascale Chaillet is a shiatsu therapist and my personal reset button
She uses different techniques like shiatsu, meditation, to help me find my balance again.
I have added the link to Pascale’s very comprehensive quiz. It’ll only take a few minutes and it is absolutely free, but in return you get some really helpful health tips that might even help you to a fresh start.
As we are coming up nearly to a year in isolation, lockdown and restrictions we possibly all in need to find new ways to cope. It has been so long that we have lived normally, that we possibly don’t really know what normal feels like anymore.
Try to stay positive and do things that help and improve your mental health and wellbeing. Invest a little in yourself and maybe you’ll find something that you like that you didn’t try before.
Please let me know how you get on, what works for you and what doesn’t. We can all learn from each other.