Ten Ways To Unwind

As Blogtober reaches the end, I wanted to write about making time for yourself to unwind. The past few weeks have been hectic and full of challenges for most of us and we need to remember to set aside time to chill out a bit. So this article is brief and to the point.

Here goes with some easy ideas:

1) Listen to a podcast. Try a new one or catch up on one of your favourites.

2) Have a foot bath. Even if it is just a kitchen bowl full of hot water and suds, take some time to soothe those aching feet.

3) Read a book. Catch up on that reading list by setting aside a quiet time to breeze through some scintillating chapters.

4) Take a walk around a local lake. I do this all the time as near me we have several small lakes which are brilliant locations for friendly walks with people I haven’t had a good natter with recently.

5) Have a movie afternoon. Close the curtains and turn on a classic film. Make sure you have some microwave popcorn on hand.

6) Go for a bike ride. Nothing beats a brisk cycle ride when it comes to clearing out your mind.

A walk by the lake is refreshing.

7) Have an afternoon nap. Play some quiet music or perhaps use a relaxing app such as ‘Calm’ (which I use often as a way of encouraging shut-eye).

8) Draw or write something. I like to write a short story or poem now and again. Others prefer to do some still life drawing.

9) Binge watch a TV series. Can you make it through six episodes in a day?

10) Bake something. Time in the kitchen can be time well spent, especially if cakes result from it.

I hope these suggestions give you some ideas of how to slow down and make some time for yourself. If you enjoyed this post, please consider following my blog.

How Your Travel Choices Help the Planet

I have been wanting to read something like this for ages. Aeroplanes are brilliant but they also create an awful lot of pollution which sits in the upper atmosphere adding to global warming. Please check out this very factual article.

I have been travelling by trains and sea for the past seven years and it takes a little effort but is so enjoyable and eventually will be a far cleaner way to journey. We just need all of our electricity to be from renewable energy sources.

Alison and I have been spending time looking at different areas of our lives where we can take personal action and help the planet. The recent  681 …

How Your Travel Choices Help the Planet

Help! – TV Review

A friend of mine told me about this TV drama movie starring the brilliant Jodie Comer of ‘Killing Eve’ fame. All I knew was that it was about a Care Home during the pandemic but with her involved I thought it would probably be very good. She has a trusted record for really getting into character and this topic was close to my heart as I used to work through weekends and holidays in a Care Home.

‘Help!’ is the story of a woman looking for a job and managing to get one working for a Care Home. She was a natural with the residents, who happened to include Tony, a character with dementia played by Stephen Graham (White House Farm).

A gripping drama based on reality, with fictional characters.

Jodie said in an interview that she was looking for a chance to work with Stephen and they were both really pleased to be able to keep their Liverpudlian accents whilst in these roles. Stephen’s character had early onset dementia and so was often confused about whether or not his mother was alive. He spent lots of time trying to escape the Home and get back to the home he used to share with her. Meanwhile, covid was starting to show up on the news and Care Homes started scrabbling around for basic protection. This showed how creative care workers had to be as there was a widespread shortage of PPE. Wearing builders’ masks and bin bags, carers had to do their best to carry on looking after residents without safety measures to prevent them from catching this awful bug.

Jodie’s character had a difficult family and really needed this job but didn’t expect to find herself working alone one evening. Her boss was at home ill and her other colleague didn’t show up for the night shift. Struggling to manage a Covid patient, she roped Tony in to help her.

Some close camera work followed her emotional rollercoaster as she did her best to try and get an ambulance and continuously had NHS 111 on speakerphone in her pocket while she looked after residents, desperate for assistance. Her family had preferred that she didn’t work in care but it was clear that this was where she belonged.

Covering the crisis in care very realistically, this TV drama is 98 minutes long and very powerful. It reminds us how Covid patients in hospitals were offloaded onto Care Homes and left to transmit the disease in a setting where there was little defence. Residents were not allowed to have visitors and some relatives came to speak to them through the windows. The dire situation was worsened as staff became ill and staff shortages increased many times over.

Jodie and Stephen did a great job of portraying characters who provided an insight into this very recent, very troubling period. Not only did I feel the acting was magnificent but it also made me feel so sad that so many families had to go through such traumatic times.

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