Sunday, 31 May 2020

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:

Sunny, hot weather
Hawthorn trees blossoming
Making new online friendships and connections
Lockdown easing slightly- I know we still have to be careful but it's nice to be allowed out a bit more.
Going to the park again
Getting hold of some light condensed milk in the shops (I made my own recently but it's easier to buy it)!
YouTube- been spending a lot of time there lately, lol.

I occasionally share pictures in my gratitude posts, so this month I thought I'd share a sunset pic I took at the park:

Monday, 18 May 2020

Feeling Lonely

If you follow the blog then you'll know that I've been doing a series called Feeling Your Emotions. You can read the intro post here (and find all the posts under the label "FYE"):

One emotion I haven't covered is loneliness. Since  I'm "moving up" through the scale of the so-called more positive emotions, I decided to do a stand alone post on loneliness. Hopefully it will be useful, especially during this time when we are advised to self- isolate and social distance due to the coronavirus. :)

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, so if you're having mental/physical issues please seek medical help in addition to reading this. :)

What is loneliness and what does it mean to feel lonely?

Loneliness is described as an "unpleasant emotional response to perceived isolation and also "social pain" (Wikipedia) ,and a "distressing experience that occurs when a person's relationships are perceived by themselves to be less in quantity or quality" (Encycloapedia Britannica). So it's a strong feeling that is thought of as negative. I would also describe it as an "empty" feeling.