How shall we maintain our wellbeing?

A growing number of people seem to be getting into the doldrums this week. Let’s face it, we’ve had 30 days of lockdown and all of us are missing the people who are important to us and the freedom to do what we enjoy. Progress seems slow, and advice seems contradictory, such as that on wearing face masks. Originally, we were told face masks unless of specific strength were not useful. Now they might be, but not the ones the front line workers need. Make a bandana or something and see if it helps.

Daily press statements become more like party political broadcasts and we see graphs which are not showing massive improvements in the UK with its high per capita rate death rate. However, we all see that in the absence of alternatives we still very much need to socially isolate/distance, etc.

Things are getting a bit samey though. Same old walks/dog walks, same old activities. I can walk to the sea and back but it isn’t a short walk, so most of my activities are rural. Must admit, a garden full of sheep (normally a nuisance) was a pleasant change today!

So what can we do to maintain our equilibrium? Feel free to share your thoughts/ideas/links in the comments.

The National Trust says reconnecting with nature helps. It truly does; I’m getting very familiar with gorse, bluebells, bees, sheep, lambs and cows. However, what really helps (me) is dramatic skies (sunrise, sunset), stars and the dawn chorus. Here’s some birdsong for you.

The figures from their survey are quite shocking though:

Children’s connections to nature

  • 90 per cent infrequently or never watched the sunrise
  • 83 per cent infrequently or never smelled wild flowers
  • 77 per cent infrequently or never listened to birdsong
  • 24 per cent of children often stopped to look at the stars or the moon

Adults’ connections to nature 

  • 79 per cent infrequently or never smelled wild flowers
  • 62 per cent either infrequently or never listened to birdsong
  • 57 per cent rarely or never watched the sunrise
  • 27 per cent often watched clouds
  • 38 per cent often stopped to look at the stars or the moon

I can say that the sky is brimful with stars of late, so do look up at night. You can smell the sweet scent of wildflowers without damaging them, and the birdsong at sunrise is immense. I stood surrounded by it this morning, a full-on natural orchestra, with the trill of the wren perhaps the most beautiful sound.

 

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