What's getting you through the week?
Today, I'm looking on the bright side. I've put on my loveliest clothes and spent time on my make up. I've made myself a delicious lunch and served myself an ice cold beer. These acts of self care are important - but they don't always achieve the feeling of confidence that I'm chasing.
It's not easy to find the stories and news that will lift my spirits, which is a problem because I need some good REAL moments to reflect on, if I'm going to face the weeks ahead with resilience and mental fortitude.
Here are some thoughts and resources that are keeping me grounded for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Take 'this' moment
Before starting this newsletter, I re-read the last one where I wrote about taking this lockdown one day at a time. Well, I have to admit, that has sometimes been hard.
Maybe Lucy has an incredible gift of premonition, but she had even given me the ideal 'Don't Panic notebook at Christmas. Each morning - or even each time I panic - I pick up the book and write down just three things that I can be grateful for. It can be as 'simple' as I like - big things, small things it doesn't matter - the point is that they have to be real and in the moment. So every day, just as I must take a moment to feel how I feel, I take a moment to log my gratitude. It's helping.
Is anyone else struggling to find things to put into their planner?
It doesn't fill the days though, so while I hadn't seen my therapist for more than five months, the current situation has brought some stuff to the surface. I wonder how I'll feel about this moment when I look back in a few months time.
I am looking forward to writing some proper meetings in it at some point in the future. In the meantime I'm still open for business and sending out orders almost daily. Thank you to everyone who's found their birthday gifts and 'treat yo-self' moments at EsaEvans.com. Note that cancelled week in Barcelona... Amo mucho a España. Volveré.
When I get out of the house, I make every moment count. Keeping my distance doesn't stop me from smiling, saying hello and connecting.
I understand that everyone is dealing with this crisis in their own way, so I don't expect too much from them. My goal is keep checking in with myself to know that I'm ready to talk to other people.
Work it out
You didn't think I was going to get through this newsletter without giving you the details on how my current crop of exercise classes, did you?
Whitstable's leading yoga teacher, Monica Marini, is live on Zoom: she is running a gentle YogaMorphic class for beginners on Monday and Thursday, 10-11.15am, Morning Sun Salutations on Tuesday and Fridays, 7-8am, as well as other classes for Yoga Vinyasa (Tuesday), Functional Yoga for Sport and Restorative Yoga (Wednesdays) and Pranayama & Meditation (Friday).
Katie Grover classes are aimed at giving maximum results of strength and fitness in 45 minutes. She'll fire up your metabolism with a combination of body weight and resistance exercise. Her classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.
Here's a class that'll make you sweat. Nicci Gasson is an inspirational trainer local to me. I've always loved her classes. She's on Zoom and Facebook - be warned, Nicci is not here to play! I'm taking her classes on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Look after each other
Last week was a difficult one and I needed to keep talking to my friends. Sometimes that helps me and sometimes it helps them.
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