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My self care during the COVID19 crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

What a sh*tty place we've found ourselves in.

So what do I do with being at home (with Crusoe)

All I know is that I "need"

connection to people
limit exposure to mainstream media
down time - personal space to process what is happening and to check in with myself
active time
a way of giving, helping
a physical space that I feel good in and that in itself inspires attention to care and creativity
access to stories
access to fresh produce
a rhythm to my days and weeks (structure/routine)
A strategy in place for Crusoe in case something happens to me (gotta face these things)

Each morning I feel like Crusoe and I are settling in better. What works, what doesn't. So I take my time getting up - deal with the cats, put the kettle on, deal with the cats (they have such a prissy routine!), put on the laundry, make a cuppa.
I am still address all of these things, daily. I'm still learning what they mean for me. But being on Spark and getting onto some structured challenges - that has REALLY helped me get out of my rut. THANK YOU SPARK!

I totally acknowledge the privileged place I hold, living where I do, with access to all this and more (we have public healthcare and social welfare and a state govt who is proactive and transparent). Not perfect by any means, but trying their best.

And I also acknowledge those of you who are struggling in a difficult, even harmful environment, for whatever reason. I can't imagine the stress. If you can reach out, do. We are here. We see you. Find local support in your area - it will be there. If you can't reach out, just know you are in our hearts. We are here. We see you.


A little more about me:

In Western tradition we are almost at mid autumn, here in Melbourne. But in our aboriginal seasons - the ones I adhere to more, we are entering into Gwangal Moronn - the Season of the Honey Bees. It is the season when the earth starts to cool down. In Melbourne and surrounds, there are seven annual seasons alongside two non-annual seasons: flood and fire seasons. I love this season. Well most of them haha.

This is a pic from my back window. Not the prettiest back yard lol - but can you see the 2 veg gardens set up to go on the left (have just put in seeds) and another bed to put in when I can get some soil (Live in a clay area). The bush at the back is a little urban conservation park. Not a magnificent rainforest, but, I still feel lucky!

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    Yes, those of us in the ‘first world’ are indeed lucky.
    We’re planning our best use of the food we have to avoid the shops as long as possible. Hubby is nearly 66, with asthma, diagnosed as one point short of COPD, so is naturally very nervous of the COVID-19, so although we dog walk together, I am the one who does any essential trips away from home.
    Stay safe and healthy!
    372 days ago
    Beautiful blog, beautiful surroundings. I love the idea of a Season of the Honey Bees! Here in California, the bees are busy as it warms up. There's an old Japanese maple off the kitchen covered with its tiny red blossoms and covered with honey bees and small bumbles as well. I love the sound and feel of them when weeding or just sitting beneath.
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    376 days ago
    Your blog post spoke to me. Lots. Thank you.

    Oh, come join us for the continuation of the "spring into action challenge" on the vegan team. I've added self care stuff into this month's challenge cause it seems terribly important now more than ever. Your individual challenge could be all self care stuff if you wanted.

    Thanks again and I enjoyed learning a little bit about you :)
    376 days ago
    Hi Jen, so nice to see you Sparking again. has it started to get cooler
    there. We are still 28 to 30 degrees and I'm so over the heat.

    Glad you are coping with being at home. How old is Crusoe now?
    It's been ages since I heard from you. Stay safe and we will all get through this.
    377 days ago
    Looks like a nice calm space. I too have a yard full of clay even tho California is known for growing produce. My best to you, the wombats & koalas.
    377 days ago
    Looks lovely & very well written blog. I love the idea of seeing & learning about the land down under by a Aussie, it's the closest I will get to ever visiting it. I've never left California. I circled my yard today with my dogs...
    377 days ago
    Thanks JERICHO - it's a great spot and I can do laps without seeing anybody! Not at night though as I'm likely to have possums and owls say very cross things about disturbing them.
    377 days ago
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    The park looks like a nice place to walk and enjoy being outside.
    377 days ago
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