Solace in the Ordinary

18 Jan 2021

The past six months have been a journey to rediscovering myself, as I spent the late summer making some positive changes that have really had a wondrous effect on my happiness and overall mental health. It's allowed me to delve back into old hobbies, dedicate more time to the things I love again, and enjoy the ordinary moments I hadn't appreciated in a long time. With the world still weathering the Covid-19 storm, I wanted to share a few things I've found solace in, that have made my days, weeks and months of lockdown easier to endure.

I'm finally reading everyday again
I have lost count of the times I have proclaimed to be a self-confessed bookworm, reading has been one of the most joyful things in life for me since I was a young girl learning to read for the very first time. And whilst I wanted to keep my reading habit up when I became a parent, there just weren't enough hours in the day, and I was always too tired.

In August 2020 that all changed and once again, I am whizzing through books and reading every single day without fail. Oh hell, it brings me so much joy! I've found I am very much into crime, psychology and thriller themes, I'm still very much so into true crime, and I like a book that fills me with suspense. It genuinely feels so wonderful to fall into a story again and soak up the words with gusto. I bloody love books!

I meditate daily now
Whilst I've always swayed slightly towards the teachings of Buddhism, meditation was never something I could full grasp. Now, a day within at least a few minutes of mindfulness meditation leaves me feeling the loss of that time to sit still and just be. So much so, I've also invested in a subscription to the Calm app. It's great for helping with mindfulness and meditation, but also bloody brilliant for helping me get to sleep at night, too!

Hydration is a top priority
It seems absurd that something like this would make my list, but making sure I hydrate is one of the biggest acts of kindness I can do for myself. The difference in my mood and energy when I've drank at least 2 litres of water a day, compared to the days I forget to keep topping my bottles up, is vast. I am lethargic, I have no get-up and go, my mood is low. Plus, it does wonders for my skin.

Small and simple things, ordinary things, but things that are helping me keep focused and keep my head above water in a global pandemic, almost one year down the line.