Let the Light In
My first few weeks with WIM have been truly unique. Although starting a new job within the confines of my small Hackney flat has had its challenges, I am so grateful for the magic that is technology. Participating on virtual calls, and relying on online tools has helped me stay connected with my new colleagues. Somehow, I've managed to weave my way through, settling in with a surprising sense of calm. I feel thankful to have joined such a positive mission, especially at a time when everyone needs to practice a little more self-care.
Which brings me to some tips I'd like to share for finding calm while homebound.
1. Let the Light In
Every morning the first thing I do is open the curtains! Being at home, I have started to notice how my plants move with the light. In the mornings, their leaves stretch toward the sun, and in the evenings as it darkens, they relax once again. My plants remind me that nature is never too far away and I can still feel the excitement of spring, even from my bedroom.
2. Practice Morning Yoga
I use Yoga with Adriene to start my day. She has 100's of free videos to follow on YouTube and her 5-Minute Morning tutorials are the perfect way to take time for yourself, even if it's just for a few minutes.
3. Engage in Conversations
I've found big group chats with loved ones can boost spirits as we voice our concerns and support one another collectively. It's important to have a safe space to talk, even if it’s only virtual for now.
4. Tune In
This past Sunday morning, I listened to BBC Radio 2 for the Mother's Day Special of Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs. Even though I couldn't spend the day with my own incredible mum, it was so special listening to all the dedications people made to their mothers, and to other special women in their lives. The uplifting celebration of women coupled with classic love songs made for a truly relaxing start to the day.
5. Remember to Laugh
At the end of the working day, I have found myself rewatching Friends on Netflix, laughing along and reminding myself not to take life too seriously all the time.
These small, practical steps have helped me feel like I'm still actively engaging in the world. And more than that, they have helped me remain hopeful for a brighter future ahead.
I am sending all my best wishes to everyone, stay positive!