This time of year always fills me with dread, and in all honesty I count down to the shortest day almost as much as I do to Christmas. For 2020, this is exacerbated by the current restrictions, so I wanted to write a blog post, for the first time months, about the ways in which I’m facing the coming months and how I hope to make it through to December 21st and beyond.
I’ve also been finding comfort in escapism through books and TV. I’ve really upped My podcast game this year; my absolute favourite being Adam Buxton but I’ve found lately the Love to Sew podcast really motivates me to be creative. I still don’t spend as much time as I like reading but I’m currently enjoying Overstory and have been sent two books from two friends so have recommendations lined up. Which brings me to another adjustment – I’ve spent more time keeping in touch with friends, particularly my oldest friends who I’m a little out of touch with. It’s mainly through social media and often short and sweet but it’s lovely to be back in regular contact.
Finally, I’m trying to do that clichéd thing of being more present – to reduce my screen and scrolling time and to instead feel I’m being useful. Yesterday this meant emptying the plant pots of wilting summer flowers and preparing the garden for winter. I also baked flapjack, made toad in the hole and turned a gone-wrong dress into a top. For me, being purposeful and feeling accomplished in my free time – in conjunction with watching back to back episodes of Dawson’s Creek on Netflix – makes me feel better. And I’m not looking at the bigger picture. I’m taking it a week at a time and doing my best to find pleasure and positivity in each day.
I’d love to hear your top tips for self-care and staying well at the moment. Right now, I’m off to light a scented and change the needle in my machine.