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This is a strange and rough time for many right now and it can get us thinking about the worst. However, this free time that we have suddenly been given is an excellent time to sit back and think about the good things we have in our lives. So, we’ve put together a list of ten things to be grateful for right now, if for nothing else than to take your mind off the bad stuff even for just a minute.

Spring Time

Pretty yellow daffodils springing up everywhere (pardon the pun), brighter evenings and the clocks going forward in less than two weeks. Spring is by far my favourite season so let’s enjoy this time of seasonal life and re-birth during a time of social sickness.

Bad Weather

Yes, I just said spring was my favourite season but the weather still isn’t *that* great so let’s be grateful that it’s not summer and super sunny and so we’re not missing out on any nice summertime activities because of this. That said, fresh air doesn’t carry virus so we can still get out for pleasant walks while keeping our distance from other people.

WiFi

Most of us are extremely lucky to have access to the internet to distract us with funny videos and memes. I know it can also be a source of information overload and panic but it’s also the place to get good sound information from professionals and a place to stay up to date on what’s going on. Try to be selective with what you take in at the moment and if you want to take in nothing and just distract yourself with TikTok videos, then that’s OK too.

Being Together

It’s a tough time but I’m grateful for the comfort of knowing that we’re all in the same boat. We’re all in this together; you are not alone. It’s all anyone seems to be talking about so if you want to vent or just talk through your worries, there will definitely be someone who also wants to talk about that.

Home

If you have a warm house and a roof over your head to self-isolate, that is something to be grateful for as so many don’t. I know many people are getting a bit of cabin fever but let’s remember that so many people would love to have that problem. Relax on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea and make the most of it.

Health

For many of us, this is the first time that we may have ever had to think seriously about our health being impacted by going outside or being in contact with others. For many, this is something they have to deal with every day. Be grateful for your health and the fact that most days, you don’t even have to think twice about it.

Pets

I think we can all be grateful for the fact that pets can’t contract the virus and so even in this weird time, we can keep them around for company and snuggles and not worry about their health. I’m sure they’re extremely grateful for the extra bit of attention as well.

Time

We always say we want or need more time to do this and that and now we have it. If you’ve been wanting to clear out your room or learn a new language or take up a new hobby, now is the time to do it. If you’ve also been wanting more time to just sit still and do absolutely nothing, then that is absolutely fine too. Take this time because (hopefully) it will be back to normal soon.

Education

If you can read and understand this post and read and understand all the information being put out there right now, be grateful that you were lucky enough to be taught how and to have gotten an education. So many people are not as fortunate.

Bad Situations

And finally, without the darkness, we may never see the light. This is a bad situation but if it makes us grateful for all the things we usually take for granted like being able to go out on a Saturday night or being able to see our grandparents, then hopefully when this is over, we’ll appreciate those ‘little’ things that little bit more.

Lauren x