Accentuate the positive – eliminate the negative
One of the easiest ways of remaining positive is not to watch or listen to the news. I find on those days that we don’t watch the pronouncements from number 10 that I am happier.
It would be good if the BBC would occasionally begin the news bulletin with something positive to lift people’s spirits. For example, telling us that fewer people died today than yesterday rather than just giving us the stark figures. Or how the search for a vaccine is developing rather than saying, as BJ (I refuse to call him Boris) did the other day, that there is little chance of one. Even though we have been told that an Oxford group working on this have identified a vaccine candidate and are now in the first clinical testing phase.
And why aren’t they singing from the rooftops about the new blood test which has been developed by Roche, the Swiss Pharmaceutical company, which can tell whether someone has already had coronavirus? It involves taking a small blood sample and testing it for antibodies that become present after a person has fought off the disease. Public Health England has approved the new test as being safe and reliable for widespread use. This is not the same as the test we all already are aware of which can only tell us who currently has the virus.
Reasons to be cheerful
Some of us retired folk are quite enjoying the slower pace of life and are finding the time to do things we have been putting off for years.
How many of us BC (before Covid) exercised for as much as an hour every day? I’m talking about us retired folk. Yes, of course there are those of you who went to the gym, yoga classes and so on and are still following these activities on a screen. But there are plenty of us who only perhaps went out for a walk on occasion and now we are doing it every day.
Many of us are now enjoying using technology we had never used before. Whatever happens with Covid-19 this will hopefully mark a positive change for the lives of the elderly in this country. It is far easier to cope with being alone if you can see your loved ones when you talk to them – even if you’re not able to embrace them.
We are all washing our hands now. I wonder what this has meant for the numbers of people who in the past suffered from stomach upsets, sickness and diarrhoea? My bet is that it has lessened. And, once the restaurants and cafes reopen for sit down meals the incidence of food poisoning should lessen too – if everyone remains in the habit of using good hygiene.
Talking of eating out, in the village where we live, many cafes and restaurants are flourishing providing take out meals and deliveries for people stuck at home. For some of these establishments, business has never been so good!
Local greengrocers who BC (before Covid) suffered from the competition of supermarkets, are now doing better than they have done in years.
Many children (though I appreciate this does not, by any means, apply to all children) are benefiting from having their parents around. In our own family, the children all seem to have adapted well to being at home. Families are doing more things together. It is possible that some of the children living through this period will look back at this time as a golden age when their parents had more time for them. Cycle rides, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, quizzes, competitions – these are just some of the things I have heard people are doing.
The writing group I attend (watfordwriters.org) sets tasks every week which are fun to do and challenge our writing skills. We meet on Zoom and are finding it works so well that we are debating the possibility of continuing to meet this way in the future.
These are some of my reasons to be cheerful. Would you care to share yours?
© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems