Who would have thought that just a few months after Christmas the world would be experiencing a pandemic. The world seems surreal and a little scary.
The UK is now slowly moving towards a lockdown. We are advised to self-isolate in order to slow down the spread of the corona virus. For some people this will be a particularly trying time, especially those who are elderly or live alone.
Today, the day after Mother’s Day, I am tidying the studio and preparing for what might be a lengthy time before we can get back to normal. Being a new business this will be a particular difficult time for us and I know there will be many more self-employed individuals and small businesses who will be extremely concerned about the future.
One of the things which I am planning to do during this time is to focus on keeping my mental health in good shape. One of the things which works for me is getting outside and getting my hands dirty. Whether that be mowing the lawn (1st cut this year), to cutting back bushes after the long winter, or tidying up window boxes. The calmness which overtakes me while I am outside in the garden is so restorative and allows me to have a moment or two when I can forget this surreal situation we are in.
Another task which I have undertaken today is sowing some seeds…. it is definitely the time (if not a little late), to get some flowers sown.
This works for me and it allows me to plan for the future, for times when we can get back to some normalcy. I have sown plenty of Dahlia’s, Sweet Peas, Cosmos and Chrysanthemums, all of which I will hopefully be using in our posies this summer.
I know this will be a difficult time for a lot of people, but, if you can tend to some house plants, look after a window box or get into a small bit of outside space which belongs to you, then do it… it really does help to take your mind of things.
As always lots of love, take care and stay home
The Flower Shed Sussex xx
The Flower Shed Sussex is based in the Battle countryside, nestled on a working farm in the old Hen House which has been converted into our flower studio. We are part of a thriving community of small businesses all operating out of disused farm buildings.