Thinking of You Week is not a new concept or national holiday. However, this year, it feels much more important than perhaps it did before. Given the current times, there are so many people stuck at home, without loved ones. With another lockdown ahead of us, it’s become even more of an issue. The week itself starts now – on 21st September to 27th September. It focuses on reaching out to loved ones through my favourite medium: physical post. Send a card to someone this week! If you need a card, keep reading for a free PDF of one you can print out!
Sadly, it’s the last day of National Stationery Week today. However, I have an amazing guest post today from a dear friend of mine. I have often spoken about writing letters and the benefits to me, or reasons to write. However, For #SendALetterDay, Laura talks about how writing letters is a form of self-care for her. I absolutely adore this post and honestly, think it needs no introduction. All I can say is that if self-isolation is getting to you and you’re feeling particularly lonely in these trying times, read this post and hopefully be inspired to connect to people through the art of letter writing.
Find out more about the #SendALetterDay campaign by searching the hashtag on social media. However, without further ado, let’s hear from Laura and why writing letters is important to her.
With the #PencilDay theme, it was only fitting that I spoke about some incredible pencils that I adore: the Sprout pencils. These “Plant Your Pencil” pencils can be planted and grown into a variety of different herbs, flowers or vegetables. A few of the sets actually also come with beautifully engraved quotes too. They also can be engraved by a logo or name, if your company is looking for sustainable pencils!
It’s National Stationery Week! Day one’s theme is #MakeANoteMonday so let’s jump right into that! It’s actually interesting to see how everyone is going to interpret this theme. There are plenty of different ways to interpret this. As most of us are restricted to our homes, I thought of some ways for you to get involved from the comfort of your own home! Whilst this theme might just for Monday, I think these ideas are definitely something you can carry on throughout the weeks. They are particularly effective during this period where you might need something to do or a way to cheer up your friends or family.
These ideas are a great way to promote self-care too, using stationery. You can get as creative as you want. Fancy adding more colours or drawing? Sure! Go ahead! You can also just keep them simple if you prefer, it’s completely up to you. Some of these ideas will also work to help bring joy to other people, which is always a bonus!
It’s about time that I talk about the dreaded C-word: COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. The virus itself has created a change in our daily routines and our mood. It’s affecting us all. More and more, people are now cooped up in self-isolation, without contact with others. Social distancing is incredibly important to help slow the spread of the virus. However, mental health and mood is also important. Today, I wanted to talk a little about that.
Over the coming weeks, I will be writing more blog posts to try and help you improve your own mental health, your mood and just do some self-care. These ideas might also include what you can do for others to help them, especially if you are worried they are sick or you are worried for them. I hope that these things will help you to self-care whilst also helping others.
Focus on something else
Perhaps you have a hobby that you’ve been meaning to practice, such as drawing. Maybe your life dream has always been to publish a book. You might have lost touch with friends or relatives that you wanted to stay in touch with. Whatever it is, now is a good time to start taking action towards it. Self isolating and social distancing is purely physical. If you want to draw, just grab a pen and paper and do it. You can use your computer to write if you don’t fancy practicing your handwriting. Picking up the phone and giving your loved ones a call – or even messaging them through any of the online services they may have – is a great way to get back in touch. Video calls are pretty simple these days.
Do you have books lying around that you always wanted to read but never finished? Perhaps letters to write? Cleaning to do? Whatever it is, now is a great time to sort your space out and start working on those unfinished tasks. If you are already organised, perhaps you could try something new. Experiment, start a new project, find new ways to bond with your loved ones online or with those you live – maybe you could have a board game night or card game night?
Make your space your own
If you’re working from home, try and make your environment a little more pleasant. This could be trying to find a quiet space, perhaps it’s a clean desk or maybe it’s adding some pictures up. For me, I needed a quiet space to work and would ask the people home at the same time to just not talk to me until I finished work. I also drank a lot of water, and had good lighting in the room – and a comfortable chair. I know not everyone will have all of the facilities but try and make the space a place that’s comfortable for you to stay at for a while and a place where you can concentrate on the task at hand.
That’s all from me today. But I’ll be back with projects, reviews and self-care opportunities for everyone to try and stay positive in these times in the coming weeks. My hope is that self-isolation becomes slightly more enjoyable. For now, I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy.