I was awake at 5.30 this morning , despite having had a late bed time. (OK, I did fall asleep on and off watching a documentary on Vimeo about new ways of designing office space at Norman Foster architects and had to keep rewinding!). After realising I was so awake that going back to sleep was out of the question, I had a scroll through Twitter where I came across this great article, and I want to share with you, it’s written by Dorothy Kresz, who is married to Michael Bierut (a fantastic designer I follow).

It’s about coping with loss, the loss of the way we were – the things that made up our lives, before Covid 19. She writes, that we are in a ‘state of grief’, and the more I read, the more I saw in myself some of the symptoms of grief, like trouble focusing on normal tasks, sleeping less (or more) than usual. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel my mental health is suffering, but let’s face it, there isn’t going to be a day where we flip back to the way we were just a few months ago, and I do feel really sad about that.

So we have to get our PMA (positive mental attitude) dialled in, and focus on what we have that’s good. My way to get my ‘head in gear’ is on my morning walk to an Oak tree (#treetwoproject) with my dogs, where I find three things in my life I am thankful for that day – family, health, food on the table, a few quid in the bank, and not linger on regret. And another great healer is said to be to find ways to give back if you can – share some kindness.

Here is the link:
The loss of normalcy: grief in the time of Covid-19

It’s mental awareness week and, the whole of May is Mental Health Awareness Month #EveryMindMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. – Serenity Prayer