March Gratitude List

Tuesday, 31 March 2020


It's fair to say that March has been quite a tough, uncertain time for a lot of people. Now, I try my hardest not to dwell on the negatives (hence the reason behind these gratitude lists), but there's no getting around the pandemic that is currently at the forefront of the UK, EU and USA. Lives have been lost, jobs have been lost and there is an undoubtedly large amount of financial stress on families and business across the globe, not to mention the pressure on health care professionals, grocery stores, delivery drivers and the like trying to keep up with the demand.

People's anxieties are sky high right now. I for one would not consider myself an anxious person and I'm lucky that I have never had to deal with bad anxiety, but these times are trying, exhausting and unpredictable and I feel for every single person out there effected by what's been going on. I'm trying my best to remain positive and look for the little things to keep smiling about and I think that's all we can encourage one another to do. With that being said, here is what I have been grateful for throughout March.

It was my birthday. My husband treat me to a lovely little weekend break to York for my birthday and we got to explore all the bookshops and cute little cake shops! I love York but don't visit very often despite only being an hour and half down the road. It's filled with cute little cobbled streets, quirky building and beautiful architecture. There's always something new to do in York, whether it be a new restaurant, a new building to explore or a new little shop to pop into!

Daily walks with my two dogs. This sounds a bit like an odd thing to be grateful for, but given the current circumstances, our whole office is now working from home. On my lunch break, I've been walking my two dogs daily near the river that I live right next too, and it's done me a world of good just to get out of the house for half an hour. We employ a dog walker for when both myself and my husband are at work, but she's currently temporarily stepped down her hours whilst everything is going on. It's been great to get some fresh air on my lunch and have a little break from staring at a screen!

Spending more time at home with my daughter. Whilst I'm still working (from home, now), my husband has been furloughed for a few months, which means we don't have to send her off to my parent's house for baby sitting duties during the day. Seeing her throughout the day has been a massive help in terms of my headspace - that small human really does do an amazing job at putting a smile on my face!

More time reading. Because I finish work and am right at home (which still feels bizarre), I don't have to account for the time it takes to get home from work, which can be anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. Instead, I can use this time to read more and just have that hour or so to myself to settle down with a book, which really helps me switch off from work mode!

What have you been grateful for this month?

2 comments

  1. This is such a lovely post. It's been important for me to think of the things I'm grateful for too in this time. It helps me stay grounded and positive. I hope April gives you more to be thankful for!

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    1. Thank you! I think it's a very important time for everyone to reflect on the positives, it's so easy to dwell on the negatives in a time like this! I hope you have a great April!

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