Monday, April 6, 2020

Isolation Week 4: Embrace











First of all, Thank You for your sweet uplifting messages and for sharing your own stories and feelings the days after my post of Falling into blues. So comforting and so much love.

I did withdraw a bit to center myself and I feel much better now. I'm not sure I have any advice to give more than feel out your own situation (this is so individual...), take down your expectations on what you should do these days, relax a bit more and take one day at a time. After three weeks of trying to figure out a new routine and going through phases of shock, fear, confusion,super proaction,  frustration, exhaustion and so many more, I've reached a new phase: Embrace!

If there is any time in life where you can really, really take the opportunity to slow down your life, step out of the hamster wheel and allow yourself to take just one day at a time, it is now. I would hate to see myself go back to work in a month from now and asking myself: "Annette, why did you waste that precious time away on stress, anxiety, fear and blues?" So, with that in mind I'm entering week 4 of isolation with my mind set on finding my own Slow Life pace. I want to enjoy this time I'm given to do the things I love the most. To reconnect with family and friends through regular phone calls and video coffees, taking care of myself and listening to what my body and mind needs. I want to spend time with my children and make that time count, I want to live in the moment and only plan what needs to be done on a daily basis. 

It is incredibly liberating to let go of the all the negative stress of the Corona pandemic and allow myself to feel joy in being here - right now and alive - with my dearest people in a big home with a big garden and the spring sun awakening nature right before my eyes. I know terrible things are happening out there but I choose to embrace my little world of happiness right here. So I turn off the news, let go of a strict schedule, work a little bit from home, watch the kids come together in play and giggles, pat a cat, sit on my bench and crochet, go for long walks in the forest and feel blessed to be here. If I don't, I think I will regret it. 




Kärlek
Annette


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12 comments :

  1. Here, here! You have made the right choices I think. Enjoy. Jo x

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  2. That's the right attitude I think. I enjoy this time and try to just relax. I still need to go to work but that's it. Days are filled with things I love to do. I hear people complain about how they can't go to their sports or go out and stuff like that. I then think I'm crazy for enjoying this time but I'm just so lucky to have a hobby like crochet.
    Annette, I hope you and your family are doing well.
    Have a lovely evening.

    Sweet greetings,
    Emily

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    1. Hi Emily
      I believe so too. Our brains have a lot of power over our mental wellbeing. If we can steer our thoughts in a positive direction instead of only soaking up fear and anxiety we can make this surrealistic time a time to remember with a smile as well. We are all in different situations but with small steps of observing the small things of joy we will feel better. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.
      Xxx

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  3. Such gorgeous photos!! In a few months all this will be behind us. I think that's what we need to focus on..

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    1. Oh how I wish it will be like that. Cross fingers it will be over sooner than later. And until then, let's make the best out of the situation.
      Xxx

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  4. What a lovely positive post. I know what you mean about making the most of this time together at home - memories will definitely be made. CJ xx

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    1. Hi CJ
      So many memories already. It is magical to see how we come together as a family. I'm really enjoying this right now. :) HAve alovely day.
      Xxx

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  5. bonsoir je suis infirmière et je profite de mes temps de repos pour faire le vide et faire ce que j'aime le tricot et le crochet .quand je fais mon ouvrage je ne pense à rien d'autre ...je fais le vide et ça me fait du bien .profitez de la vie car elle peut s'arrêter rapidement alors respectez les règles de confinement et que tout le monde aille bien chez vous toutes .bonne soirée

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    1. Salut. Merci pour ces sages paroles. Et merci pour le travail fantastique que vous faites chaque jour en prenant soin des malades. Je m'incline devant vous pour votre courage, votre force et votre dévouement à votre profession. Bonne santé et profitez le tricot et le crochet. :)
      Xxx

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  6. So glad to hear that your spirits are lifting. As you say, best to embrace this time and enjoy the very simple things that our usually fast paced life misses in the hustle and bustle. Bird song, a child's laughter, tasting your favourite food. There is a lot to be said for this slowing down of life. Take care of yourself inside and out, big hug Julie xxx

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    1. Exactly Julie! See the little things. Collect those moments and you will have a bag full of joyful things to smile for. :)
      Stay safe dear.
      Xxx

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Kärlek
Annette

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