Monday Miscellany: 2021 is not getting off to a good start

Happy Monday!

My hope for this coming week is that it’s not as awful as last week. We are 9 days closer to Trump not being President of the USA, unfortunately Boris Johnson and his government of incompetent liars is not going anywhere but let’s hope that the lockdown starts to have an impact and infection rates start to go down before the NHS collapses in a heap.

In other news, going to back to work this week was deeply ok, I had a good year end appraisal and eased back into work, I have a ton of ideas right now, I just need to maintain sufficient focus to implement them. It’s January and right now I feel like I have the attention span of a goldfish!

The tree came down on Wednesday morning but I’ll be hoovering up pine needles at least until April! I have been getting out for a walk most days and trying to establish a routine again after Christmas, which has become really important as January and lockdown seem to be combining almost to produce stress and depression.

I’m ok, because I have strategies in place and I’m good at noticing when I’m slipping. I’ve found this really useful to gauge whereabouts I am and when I need to ask for help. So I’m putting it here just in case it’s useful to you. Bear in mind that not everything will apply to you, but for instance I find that my first signs of trouble are often that I’m more easily overwhelmed or irritated and I get very focussed on control.

The other thing to remember is that although other people may be struggling in ‘worse’ situations (I feel so bad for parents right now), it doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to struggle with your circumstances. I haven’t touched a human being apart from my mother since October, and I haven’t seen her for over a week. It’s ok to find that difficult and if you are finding yourself on the yellow, orange or red place in this please, talk to someone, sooner rather than later.

Ok, let’s power through this week!

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