A walk along the beach is so relaxing. There’s something peaceful about being near the sea, listening to the swishing sound of that ocean, as your bare feet glides through those ripples. You can feel a sense of calm and connection to this beautiful environment, as you dip your toes into that water, feeling the smooth sand sinking under your grounded feet, being mindful throughout and soaking up that peaceful scene.
Its tough when you’re feeling anxious and trying to stay motivated and relaxed during a global pandemic. Throughout lockdown, I found going for a brisk 20 minute walk outside and connecting with nature helped to clear my mind and reconnect with myself. Also being a mum, its important to have a bit of ‘you’ time, refreshing the mind and to relax if feeling overwhelmed in lockdown.
Relaxation exercises are helpful if you are having trouble relaxing or sleeping. I’ve been practicing vizualization exercises throughout this pandemic on occasions where I struggle to fall asleep at night. Helping me to focus and relax while taking deep breaths throughout.
The following technique, can help anytime when you’re feeling stressed. it can be very beneficial, especially after a busy day!
Close your eyes
Inhale deeply for 3 seconds
Exhale for 4 seconds
Visualize the soothing swishing ocean and the scene of that calming beach
Repeat, inhaling for 3 seconds and exhaling for 4 seconds
In a time of uncertainty, each step forward does count, even if you take a step back some days. Its hard when you’re on a journey like no other. You’re human, we all are, and on this rocky road together (with lots of splinters along the way).
In a time when going to the shops was a simple little task, not having to worry about sanitizing, wearing a mask and social distancing. Now we have all these little added extras to remember. A walk along the street dodging other walkers, keeping that distance and missing a tight hug from family and friends and a chat over coffee…
I know there are times where you think its like groundhog day (it is) and nothing to look forward to. But focus on what gives you comfort and joy. Maybe a blast of your favourite music, a funny show on netflix, a jog or a bit of new-found creativity. Whatever gives you that ‘bit’ of joy.
Some days you dont have to juggle everything and expect to be this ‘perfect’ person. Nobody is.
What’s this, a poem about happiness during a global pandemic I hear you say? I know. It’s hard for you to think about such a word. But it’s during this pandemic when I wrote this poem (end of page) and, when my poetry journey began.
Digging deep from within and thinking ‘what is happiness’? Is when you realise it’s the precious, daily things and not constantly chasing this ‘BIG’ idea of what makes ‘YOU’ happy.
We now have so much more time to think about and appreciate life during this Covid rollercoaster. Normal life stands still at the moment, and normality is that little bit away yet. But the light (although it seems far away) is beaming through those clouds, as this vaccine rollout continues and strives.
It’s a little piece of rhyming poetry to hopefully bring a smile to ‘your’ face and something to think about.
Happiness is hearing your children giggle, Playing without a care. Happiness is having a stroll on the beach Inhaling that fresh air Happiness is drinking cups of tea, Relaxed without a worry. Happiness is listening to music, Lost but not in a hurry. Happiness is watching flowers in bloom, The warmth on a summer’s day. Happiness is time with family and friends Laughing and chatting away. Happiness is laughing so hard, Your eyes fill up with tears. Happiness is sharing stories, With family, friends; no fears. Happiness is the simple things In life that make you feel whole. Happiness is a connection – Touching deep, within your soul.
Together we’re witty & wild Loving our true inner child Connections so strong Oh its been too long And that’s just putting it mild!!
Oh you do miss the banter (as we say in Ireland) with great friends and family. Its hard in lockdown – with all the restrictions in place and family/friends being spread out in different countries. But, all the funny moments and the memories are precious – making the much needed hug when all this is over, even more special!! A drink of choice over a video call will have to do for now, but thats ok.
Sometimes the ‘little things’ are the big things, making all the difference to you – even during these difficult times we find ourselves In. I know you crave a good hug in a time of social distancing and time spent apart from your families.
I wrote the following poem during the first national lockdown last year, everyone was finding their own ways of coping and poetry was, and still is that outlet for me. Its ‘ok’ if you feel things are getting a bit too much during these unprecedented times. You’ve got this.
Thank you, it’s nice to be kind
A gentle smile, a heartfelt word, clears the cloud from my mind: lifting me out of the darkest of places ‘thank you’ it’s nice to be kind. A little text with those words “I’m here” travels the length of the earth – the racing mind slowly calms from every word and its worth.
In a world portraying so much anger yet still has so much beauty, spreading kindness every day is undoubtedly everyone’s duty. Be kind you say, how hard is this in a world with so much confusion? kindness helps one another, without the fear and intrusion.
To someone in need a simple hello or even a chat over tea – is the greatest gift to make a person thrive and somewhat feel free. A withered flower blossom’s again and is no longer blind, Lifting me out of the darkest of places, ‘thank you’ it’s nice to be kind.