Saturday 23 Jan 2021
Lockdown 3! It’s a toughie, as I think most of you will agree.
The middle and end of 2020 was actually pretty busy for me with rugby, Formula One and filming some other projects. It wasn’t normal but it was comforting to be back doing what I love and also to have the chance to be at live sport, something I never take for granted especially when so few can attend.
I certainly wasn’t one of those people who thought that when the bells chimed in 2021 that things would change overnight but I don’t think many were ready for the tough, relentless yet crucial winter constraints after having tasted a little freedom in the run up to Christmas.
At the moment, for me it’s all about routine. I actually just read in a newspaper that we should build a couple of routines in to our day so at least I am on the right path!
If I could encourage you to do one thing it would be to get outside! Rain or shine, go for a walk. If you want a nice little untaxing challenge whilst out, play the following game. Look for 4 things, you can meant up but I go for; a bird, a scavenger, berries and new beginnings (like shoots in the ground or buds on the trees). It is as easy as you get and yet quite addictive. It keeps you present and stops you from wandering around in a day dream or shrouded in a world of worry. When you go outside, look around, see nature or buildings or whatever your vista is. Enjoy the colours. Look up at the sky, the clouds, the sun, the moon. The bigger you see the world, the smaller the problems seem. Well, that’s how I square things off!
The other routine I have adopted is pilates and exercise classes every day. I have always read plenty as you know if you follow my social media and in 2020 I read over sixty books! Escapism or education at it’s most relaxing!
As I write this in London, I am watching the clouds are whizzing past in the sky almost like a time lapse. In my walk in Hyde Park today I’ve seen my bird; geese. The scavenger; grey squirrel! There were loads of snowdrops in bloom and daffodil shoots promising colour in the next few weeks and I walked past some beautiful window boxes still bursting with winter berries.
Go out. Try it, make it you own and I am sure you will enjoy it.