Lose Yourself

By Steve Foreman. Published 2020-04-30
With Lockdown in full swing how do we keep our mental wellbeing in check, Steve talks about one of his joys

In the UK we are still under lockdown with no real sign of the restrictions being eased. As a result, the house has never been cleaner, the cars have been washed and I have never heard so many lawnmowers being used in our neighborhood. So once all those jobs have been completed, what do I do next?

Scrolling through Amazon, as you do when you have so much spare time, I came across Lego for the over 16’s. Adult Lego, this could be just the thing to alleviate the boredom. So, after a bit of procrastinating due to the price, I clicked on Buy Now and the Statue Of Liberty was purchased.

It has since arrived and I am really impressed, but that is not really the subject of this article. We are all currently bombarded with news updates that contain very few, if any good news stories and a many bad, depressing and worrying news stories. As a result, we all need something to focus our attention elsewhere, if only for a short period of time. To allow our mind to focus on other things, something that isn’t COVID-19.

For some that activity could be meditation, losing ourselves in a good book, drawing, cooking or any other activity we can become engrossed in. It gives us an opportunity to switch off from the world and everything going on around us, a time out, some us time. A chance just to focus and direct our energies into doing something simple, something stress free, something we enjoy. A time just to be quiet and focus on the job at hand.

For me it also gave me something to look forward to. I would only build so much a day, prolonging the experience for as long as possible, giving me something to look forward to. In these difficult times, the simplest things can give us pleasure as we learn to look at the world differently.

What activities do you use to lose yourself, do let us know?

For those interested, yes, I did finish it!

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