But isolation does not have to mean solitary confinement –
Nor does it have to lead to depression and mental ill health-
In fact quite the opposite
Immune tonics will become big business
The Shrinks couch feed the pockets of the meaning well medic
But the best medicine for feeling abandoned are mates & muck.
Too often we hear too little was done to protect us from mental health
Samaritans reported a 35% increase in emails from men during lockdown
Physical illnesses lead to claims of mental illness
Cries for help from dialing 111 or 999 after being shunned by GP’s support
SOCIAL ISOLATION – now you understand it does not mean living alone
Look at the picture – In the Northern Hemisphere we go into a form of “lockdown”
or hibernation just as plants and some animals do
We miss the Vit D the sun gives us
Because the minute the climate warms up we feel the need to renew
SPRING – into life – be it cleaning or heading for the garden greenhouse or allotment
Farmers Growers and Fishermen would not have it any other way.
But I hear you say WE cant all be these.
Why not ?
Dig up the parks and grow spuds
Plant on the wasted road side verges
Plough up green spaces
Keep chickens or a window box
If I told you the number of things that you can plant seedlings of
in JANUARY/ FEBRUARY or earlier
you would be surprised. DO IT WITH A MATE ?
Tomatoes, Cauliflower,Leeks,Parsnips, Salad Onions,Radish,
Not forgetting flowers – Brachycome,Tagetes,Aster,Stocks,Phlox,Marigold and Nasturtium
My Broad Beans are doing fine covered in snow planted in November
We have Sprouts Cabbage Leeks and Swede planted last year too
In other words BECOME ONE WITH NATURE
GROW YOUR OWN OR HOME GROWN
And that includes keeping animals – Dogs Chickens Hamsters Rabbits and song birds
AND if all that is too much get out in isolation and look at nature in the wild.
But stop feeling ISOLATED OR LOCKDOWN and start a new life today
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