Although I leave the house to see work colleagues and I live with my husband, 15yo son and almost 18yo daughter, this lock down is definitely doing my head in, in a number of ways. To be honest, had a slight meltdown before round 2 lock down, which ended with my daughter telling me to SHUT UP and work out a constructive way to manage it. Actually it ended with us all laughing at how insane I was behaving. I can't do 'a lack of excitement'. A lack of excitement can get a little depressing if we're not careful.
Was just saying to someone recently how I never really appreciated how adventures outside the house always had a way of helping me shift my emotions. If I'm bored or lazing too much, my son and I may jump in the car and go to the beach. If I'm feeling a little lost or in need of some escapism, I love going for a drive up to the Dandenongs. Love the cafes, the nature and the vibes up there. Always puts me on a high. A lot of those 'go to' resources are off limits at the moment, which is definitely challenging.
Personally, I try and steer clear of the media as much as possible. I have my person who filters a lot of it for me, on a need to know basis. I find it all too negative. Mr Andrews, give us something positive to look forward to. Raise our spirits. Give us more of 'Now, we'll be looking forward to improvements, positive changes, amazing progress and so on'. Less of that 'We'll be possibly looking forward to a Christmas without family gatherings, tough times ahead and so on'. Human beings, by nature, thrive on evolutionary ways. They thrive on excitement. Give us one hundred and one ways to get our cells excited.
DeepBlue, as I say to my husband and kids 'I'm not going for a walk unless there's an obvious payoff. Otherwise I find it too boring'. Living in a time where the little things matter, I'm working on connecting to my senses more these days. If I go for a walk, it's gotta be a sensory experience. Stop and smell the roses (aroma therapy), take in as many unique sounds as possible (audio therapy), run my hands along fence lines or plants (touch therapy), see how may colours or objects I've never noticed before (visual therapy). Will work on trying different foods perhaps. That should cover the taste aspect. It's amazing how many things we don't take the time to absorb, until we have so much time on our hands. I don't believe we exercise our senses anywhere near as much as we should. Such a connection can be emotional.