Lessons in Lockdown
I found myself sitting on my backstep with a cuppa the other morning. Of course I could have navigated my way to a garden chair but I was actually just enjoying the simplicity of sitting on the hard concrete. In truth, it felt like a transient seat, rather than an active act of relaxation, and somehow – given the many jobs I could’ve been getting on with – that felt more acceptable.
I was reflecting on my lessons in lockdown – of course there are many of these and indeed social media abounds with similar sentiments set to a beautiful backdrops – but for me it probably boils down to the fact that sometimes less is more and allowing time just to “be” is actually a precious commodity.
In clinic I’m hearing clients share that they feel more able to focus on their health, without the distractions of work, leisure outings and the constant barrage of 24hour food – shopping once weekly focuses us somewhat and on a limited budget many of us are getting inventive in the kitchen!
My message this week is a simple one.
What are your own lessons in lockdown – and would you consider putting pen to paper in order to have access to these thoughts at a later date, when we are once again released into modern life?
Are you eating more mindfully, buying more carefully, cooking with more pleasure?
Are you moving with intent, limited by that once daily outing – has it made you appreciate walks, cycles or online workouts all the more?
Are you more, or less connected with friends and family – and how does that feel?
Have you slept better – if so why?
Of course, these are all positives slants and it’s inevitable that we’ve had times of true stress and anxiety with the many unknown factors. Some of us ourselves are at risk with our work or perhaps, sadly, may have personal experience of a loved one ill with C-19 – as always my thoughts and heartfelt gratitude and empathy go to all frontline staff and those affected.
But by taking a few moments to capture the, perhaps unexpected, positive outcomes we have a unique opportunity to consider how we truly want to be going forward and ultimately what we are, and are not, willing to bargain with.
When we really give it some thought (on that hard back step in the dabbled sunshine) how much do we value ourselves, our own health and our time and how do we want to emerge in the post-C-19 world?
You are a precious commodity – you are worth the effort.
For this week I leave you with a tasty recipe: Powerhouse Soup.
Jam packed full of veggies to help keep our immune system in tip top condition, with the immunity- superstar garlic. One clove contains 5 mg of calcium 12 mg of potassium and more than 100 sulfuric compounds, plus it adds fantastic flavour. Indeed eating garlic regularly is not only good for us it's been assocaited with reducing or even helping prevent four of the major causes of death worldwide, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and infections... so feel free to add more to your taste!
1 large red onion
1 green chilli (with or without the seeds)
4 garlic cloves
5cm fresh root ginger
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large sweet potato
1 punnet shitake mushrooms (approx. 150g)
200g dry red lentils
50g goji berries(optional)
2 vegetable stock cubes
The how to:
Finely chop the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger
over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until the onion softens.
Scrub the sweet potato, and leaving the skin on, dice into 1cm pieces. Slice up the mushrooms and rinse the lentils.
Add the sweet potato, mushrooms and lentils to the pan alongside the goji berries. Stir well.
Add 2 stock cubes to 1.2 litres of water and allow to dissolve. Add this to the pan,
ensuring all ingredients are covered. Simmer well for 20 minutes until both the potato and lentils are soft.
In batches, carefully blend the soup before serving, adding a little extra water if required.
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