Welcome to lockdown: Here is why you don’t need to be positive

Welcome to April 2020, in the UK we’re all in lockdown, not allowed to leave our homes except for exercise, shopping for basic necessities, and medical needs to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The death toll each day is rising and we are all worrying about our loved ones.

Now if that’s not a lot to take in I don’t know what is. Six months ago could anyone have predicted that this would be our lives for the foreseeable future? I think not. I personally feel like we’re living in a parallel universe, and although it has been over two weeks now since the lockdown began, I still struggle to get my head around our new reality.

It’s taken me awhile to write about what is happening to us all as I feel like it has happened so quickly, and it’s taken me two weeks to process my surroundings.

I don’t want to sound like I am being too negative, but I think it is important that we appreciate how crazy our lives have become. And although it is best to try and stay positive, it is vital that we acknowledge how hard it can feel to stay positive during a global pandemic.

Mental health author Matt Haig explained this mentality brilliantly his tweet below.

This is the key message I want to get across: ‘You don’t have to be positive’, you can maybe try and be hopeful instead.

It is a difficult time for everyone involved in this pandemic, but when you add having mental health problems on top of that, it can feel impossible. Just know that you are not alone, we’re all in this together, and there are techniques you can adopt to help ease some of your anxiety.

I will be sharing some ideas of ways you can stay sane in lockdown very soon.

In the meantime stay safe and stay home.

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