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Let's all just calm down...

Panic buying has literally been turning the world upside down hasn't it? I stood behind a couple who argued for 30 minutes with the cashier today, literally screaming at her because she would only let them buy two of each frozen ready meal. I was so glad I hadn't bought my children to the shop! 

It's easy to be afraid in this climate. The media does nothing to ease our fear, and honestly, even staying away from the media I'm hearing from friends in horrible situations who are not allowed to leave their homes in countries where you are find if you're caught outside.

The schools are finally closing in England and I'm inundated with messages from friends saying 'how do you have your children home all day? What am I supposed to do with them?' who I'm gently reminding that they should do whatever they would normally do in the summer holidays, but they're panicking, because it's unfamiliar and new*.

I want to encourage you to take a few deep breaths, and slow down.

Put some calming oils in your hands, I love Roman Chamomile, Vetiver and Petitgrain, rub them together and hold them in front of your face and breathe, and remind yourself that you are okay. Unless you are currently in ICU on a respirator (in which case you probably aren't reading this blog post) right now, in this moment, you are okay. There might be a million things you are worried about for the future, but they are not happening right now, in this moment.

You can't always live ignoring the future, but equally you can't spend so much time in the future that you forget the present, forget to be grateful for what you do have. It harms your health and damages your ability to be physically and mentally well. You have to be able to take breaks, to reset, and to slow down.

I'm so grateful that we have a garden, and that the weather has been beautiful this week.

The children and I have been outside, pruning the orchard, weeding the vegetable beds, planting seeds and it really does give you a whole new perspective. The power of outdoors is in the sun, the soil and the plants in the air. Particularly in the early evening when the plants are letting out all their aromatic essential oils into the atmosphere.

The national trust have made gardens free and we've downloaded and app that let's us scan and identify plants, so nature walks have become even more exciting, especially for Lila, who loves to take photos and collect information about things.

If you're a super future oriented person, plant a garden of edible plants for when the shops are closed or run out of groceries - who wants to live on pasta and rice anyway? - and enjoy a garden of abundance from your own labors. Maybe once you start, and you get that dirt under your fingernails, you'll pick up a new perspective too.

Whatever you do, don't be afraid, and don't be alone. There's community waiting for you.

These may be difficult times, but it's amazing how people can pull together, and faith will only grow in a real tight spot, and love will only bloom when it's all you've got**.

* I'm also recommending they get with this Freedom Moms program which helps immensely when you can people home all day!

**if anyone can remember who the author of these lyrics is, please let me know so I can credit them!

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