posted: Friday, 20 March 2020
We sure are living in strange times.
I'm behind on writing up my blog but wanted to post this one ASAP as it is what I sent out in my newsletter today.
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It certainly is a crazy time all round at the moment and I'm writing this unsure of the next few months and worried about you all, and the beading world, and of course the wider world.
As my email inbox floods with emails from companies closing their doors for the time being, and events being cancelled all around, it's hard not to feel pessimistic but I'm trying hard to think positively of the future and looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm busy behind the scenes working away on future events (Bead Sparks 2020 is now waiting-list only so we're having fun planning for that) and hoping that some enforced time at home will mean I can finally tackle some of those jobs (and unfinished beading projects) I've been putting off for years!
But so far I meanly seem to be procrastinating so we'll see...
I taught a lovely class on Monday but there was a funny feeling in the air as I know many there were heading home after class to self-isolate to protect themselves, and their loved-ones, and the feeling of uncertainty, disbelief and worry loomed large.
So this extra newsletter comes to you for a variety of different reasons but mostly to reach out and say that I hope you and your loved ones are well and that you take care of your physical & mental health at this stressful time.
Below I have added links some links I have liked, or been using, these last few days so do read on for plenty to keep you occupied and well over the next few weeks.
So, until my next newsletter I wish you good health, good weather and, of course, lots of happy beading!
The beading world
This is going to be a very trying time for small businesses, and the beading & craft world, with doors closed to the public, classes cancelled and big events cancelled.
The beading & craft world is one which operates on small margins, and a lot of time and financial investment behind the scenes, with often limited avenues to make money and the cancellation of events & workshops will have a big impact on us all.
So, if you can (please be assured I'm aware that this may be a very stressful time for you financially) do support your favourite bead shops & designers so that when we come out the other side of this they're all still there for us.
Some fun things I've seen the last few days:
Things you can do with your bead stash
Taking care of yourself
Whilst your physical health is of utmost importance so is your mental health and it is natural to be worried about being isolated or lonely at this time (I know I am).
Do make sure to reach out to others if you need to (even me- I love a good chat to distract me when I'm stressed!) and try to keep an eye on your beading friends if bead groups are being cancelled etc.
For many of us beading classes & groups are our main socialising opportunities and I'm sure we all appreciate how important they are to us so do try to stay in contact with your beading friends if you can.
Here are some things I use to stay well which may be of use:
It might sound airy-fairy but taking time to relax and calm your mind is very important, and even just a couple of minutes of this a day can help.
Calm is a great meditation app and they have made a lot of their meditations available online for free so you can listen to them on your phone, iPad or computer etc
Yoga is wonderful for you both physically & mentally and it doesn't all have to be standing on your head!
You also don't need any special equipment and can do it whilst you sit or stand and don't need much space to do it or special clothes.
Just the basics of taking time to breathe and move is very good for you and I personally love Yoga with Adriene which you can watch on YouTube.
She has so many videos covering all sorts of areas and allowing for all sorts of physical issues so I hope there is one you'll enjoy.
For example I use the ones for bad knees and neck & shoulders a lot as well as any to do with stress or anxiety.
She also has lots of seated yoga videos which are great for doing in a chair or a wheelchair.
Fun things on the internet
Lots of museums & galleries have closed their doors but there is still plenty we can see online (if you can't see any of the shows I have linked to then do search YouTube for them also):
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