Things recently have been tough on all of us in different ways. In some senses it has felt that the slower, more basic pace of life has been a helpful breather, but in others, it is if we are existing in a pressure cooker of emotions. It has been a difficult time and one that has caused me more reflection than I have done for a long time. I have not written about this as it doesn’t seem really that it is something which would do well to be shared at present, but events have forced me to take stock of what is important to me in a variety of different ways.
The weather the past week has been helpful. Seeing the sun and feeling the warmth on my skin again has been nice, and I have noticed the mood lift in general when I am out for my daily exercise, volunteering, or shopping for essentials. Although it is important to protect ourselves health-wise from direct sunlight, and this is especially the case for me, the positive effects of some moderate exposure are well documented. The release of serotonin (the happy hormone) into our brains can improve mood and focus, allowing us to feel calmer and more at peace.
I realise that the finer weather is not set to last, but it has been a good boost to have the sunnier days and has added a bit of light to some very difficult and dark times. I don’t think any of us really feel equipped to deal with the sorts of loss going on around us at the moment, and I know that I am just trying to manage each day and find a way through it as best I can. There is a vulnerability for us all which can be hard to manage, and I am thankful that so many of the people I come into contact with are putting their own issues aside in order to pull together to support others.