Finding the spring

Tomorrow is 1 March which for me starts to officially signal that Spring is on the way and after the sunny weather this weekend it feels like a brighter future is on the way. The mornings are getting lighter and soon we will have lovely Summer evenings. After 12 months living with a pandemic it is important to find ways to keep your mood high and your spirits up. This can be easier said than done.

I blogged in the first week of January about the impact that the lockdown announcement had on me and my mood, and of the importance of showing some kindness as we moved into 2021. This is still as important. It is not a time to be game playing. It is a time to be honest, open and sharing.

During training last week I spent a long time talking about my principles of crisis communication including honesty, transparency, authenticity, empathy and humanity. All of these are worth us remembering in our own personal interactions. We are all struggling to find a way through these turbulent times. We all need to offer some help and support to each other.

I am really looking forward to talking about resilience with expert Emma Ewing on Tuesday’s #crisischat webinar. What matters now is that we find ways that we can help ourselves and each other even though we are still battling with this pandemic and a huge upheaval to our lives. Today reminded me what can help me be more resilient – time in nature and with my animal companions, getting my hands dirty in the garden, and looking after myself with good food and fresh air. Being able to chat with my neighbours over the garden wall is a little piece of joy that has been made possible by the changest to life. We share and help each other even though 12 months ago we only smiled and said hello. (If you would like to join the webinar which is free and on zoom there is still time to register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/139197251727 )

There is still a lot to worry about – new variants, increasing rates as things open up again, the budget, I could go on. Whatever the coming months brings we need to ensure that we are in the best place to meet it, deal with it and move forward. We need to look after ourselves and each other, spend time doing things that lift your mood, and remember the importance of spreading some kindness.

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