Hello! It’s been a while since my last post (over a year, oops), but not that I’ve got a bit more time on my hands I thought I would try to get back into posting more regularly.
So, it’s the beginning of a new month and usually the time when a lot of people think about what they would like to achieve over the coming weeks and set some goals for themselves.
Originally this post was going to be about my goals for the month. But as we all know, April isn’t going to be a normal month as most of us are under full lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and are only able to leave the house for essentials. I, like many others, have been furloughed, which means I am unable to work from home and so will not be working for the foreseeable future.
A few days ago I sat down to think about what I want to achieve this month. I wrote a list of all the things I thought I could do now that I have a lot more time on my hands. I was feeling optimistic and looking forward to a month of self-improvement, just like I’ve seen so many others document on social media.
The next day I woke up and felt like total crap. All I wanted to do that day, and for the following few days too, was lie in bed. I was in a real slump. One of the things that was getting me down even more was thinking about all the goals I had set for myself, and only a couple of days into the month I was already failing.
So I’ve decided not to make this post about setting goals this month. Sure, it’s good to have some ideas of things you might want to do during this time, but at the end of the day we are living in a totally unprecedented situation. Many of us are stuck at home without any work to do. Some are classed as high risk and have been advised not to leave their home for 12 weeks. Some people are completely alone. Some days will be harder than others. There will be times we feel productive, and will get up, do some yoga, bake cookies and clean the whole house. But there will be other days when we want to do nothing but watch Netflix. And there will be some days when we won’t want to get out of bed at all. And that’s okay. We all need to stop being so hard on ourselves.
Instead of worrying about the things I feel like I ‘should’ be doing during this time, I’m going to try to take it one day at a time, and not get stressed about achievements and goals.
I saw this post from Matt Haig on Instagram the other day, which perfectly sums it up.
So let’s all try to be a bit kinder to ourselves!