Happy New Year, Happy New Lockdown.

Hi and welcome to my first post of 2021. I’ve been thinking a lot about new years resolutions and have decided they are not for me this year. January is a shitty enough month without worrying about reinventing myself, its cold, wet, dark and miserable. So I’m saying NO to ‘New Year, New Me’, ‘Dry January’, ‘Veganuary’ or any other incentive that will put pressure on me to do without. So I will be finishing the Christmas Cake and chocolates because its wet or snowing outside, I will be enjoying a baileys coffee to warm me up when I get home in the dark and cold. I might even enjoy a glass of White Zinfandel on a Friday night.

For me, January is usually a time for planning, working out aims and goals for the year, thinking about which workshops, training, events and fundraising activities we can fit in and when. But this year is a bit different, I’m finding it difficult to plan fully the same way as usual. Because I find cancelling plans very deflating I am not making any concrete plans for this year at all. Instead I am going to prepare for when we can meet again and thinking of how I can get through this lockdown. So I’m going to finish writing my course ‘Dealing with Depression’, which I started and has been on my to-do-list ever since lockdown number 1. Making lists of activities that we can do in the invisible illnesses support group. Deciding on places that we can visit with the community friends. I’m compiling a birthdays book so that I can send cards for peoples birthdays, as I believe they are important little ways of showing that you care.

Finally, I’ve decided to do little random acts of kindness whenever I am able to as I have found that making someone else smile makes me feel good.

Take care and stay safe.

Vicky

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