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Social Isolation doesn't mean you have to be lonely

Welcome back to the blog everyone. If you're new to my site, then welcome aboard, I'm pleased to meet you.

Those of you that have followed me for a while now, know that I write from the heart, I don't spend time planning my blogs, what I want to talk to you about, I just chat to you and hope you enjoy being in my company for a while. 

This time though, I wanted to put something to you that is very current, and very personal to myself. Britain is a country in lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Coronavirus. We're all told to stay indoors, only venture out for food, medicine, exercise or for work if you can't do this from home. 

As someone who has suffered from depression, has issues with stress and anxiety, I understand that for many people out there, the idea of social isolation is a dreadful concept and one that fills them with fear. The word that instills that fear? Isolation. 

I know from experience just how easy it is to feel like the loneliest person in the world when standing in a room full of people, so take heart and believe me when I tell you I understand how you're feeling. 

I'm sitting on the end of my bed, working at my trusty little folding desk and facing my open balcony door. Can you see that beautiful moon we have tonight? Makes me wonder how many of us will see that moon, the warm rich cream tone it has, how big it looks, that mystic quality. I know that too many people will close that door, draw the curtains, close out the world, shut themselves off. I will likely do the same in the next hour.

Isolation can make the world seem a lonely place, but now I can hear cars passing, pedestrians out on the street, not quite adhering to the 2 metre distance rule. Each evening I've heard a police helicopter fly overhead and I can't help but feel like we're under some curfew we haven't yet been told about. 

Surely I am not the only one who feels that the current coronavirus pandemic has brought an air of Sci-Fi to us, an almost futuristic schematic. The very orderley queues to go into the supermarkets, the face masks that are being worn, the latex gloves. 

Why am I saying all this? I want you to think about it for yourselves. Look around you, your home. Look outside, see the world as it is at the moment. There's no point trying to bend the rules at this time, doing so may just cost someone their life and we have lost too many, all over the world. 

I also want you to realise that you are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, if you want to ask a question, be heard. Know that I am here and I will listen to you. Use the contact me page here on my site, send me a message, I will reply to you. 

Look after each other, stay home, stay safe. I am right there with you, you are not alone. Look after your mental health as well as your physical health. Talk to someone if you need to. Talk to someone even if you don't think you need to. It is often the little gestures that mean the world to another. 

This is me talking to you. Telling you it is okay to not be ok all the time. I myself had a good cry yesterday morning as it just all felt like the world was going to heck around and the stress just got that little bit too much. I'm not perfect. I'm only human. I'm scared about what this virus is doing. 

That was me. Now it is your turn to talk to me. If you want to speak to me, I will hear you. I may not have met you, but I am your friend. 

Stay safe, protect yourselves and others. Be considerate to the vulnerable, if you can help, do so. It will make a huge difference. 

Best wishes to you all x

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