Covid is a sideshow to what is upon us now. The state of one’s mind is never taught. You can’t earn mental strength. Mental strength is a gift and has to be trained. In the last year, my mental strength has been challenged on many levels. I live a life of luxury. I am in Tuscany surrounded by paradise. I am connected to the best food money can buy. I am living around the birds of the air and the flowers that are ever-changing and beautiful.

Roses is what keeps me sane.

Us mothers need mothering, and where we cannot be mothered we must learn to mother ourselves. We must coax ourselves to bed at a good time, encourage ourselves to pick up the phone to a listening ear, walk, to breathe deeply.

Stop working yourself to death and ask for help. get the kids involved with daily routine jobs within the household. I hate household jobs it is so damn brain dead work.

I got covid and have been locked up for three weeks. Before covid, I was in full lockdown the month before. So in reality I have been on this estate for two months not allowed out or to connect with other people. That includes my family. I have the doctors on to me. I have police ringing me to see if I am obeying lockdown rules. I have had ambulances in and out of my house. My husband has been in hospital for one week at my cost. A very expensive bill way into the thousands is my reality.

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Mental Strength

My peace I need to pursue as my life depends on it. The Bible is filled with verses that can bring peace in the middle of struggles, worries, and fear. If we ask God, He promises us HIS peace “that passes all understanding.  God wants you to have a life lived to the fullest and that includes being at peace. You experience the peace of God when you come to Him in humility and accept the blessings He wants for you through Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 13:11

 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. It is for this reason alone I am supernaturally coping through an insane, unjust world.

I take photo’s as distress and a way to connect with nature.

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Mental Health - Lockdown Versus Insanity

Insanity

Once you lose your mind you can never see reality, reason or understand how vulnerable you are. People can advantage of you. Lose your mind, for me life is over. And you are at the mercy of good and evil.  Emotions can overwhelm us and keep us paralyzed. Learn how to leave free from worry and anxiety. For me, that is quoting scripture asking for a supernatural perspective. To be mindful not to fight in my home. Choose my battles. Be diligent in creating a peaceful home. use all the natural tools and wellness like I am. by surrounding my bedroom with roses. Flowers keep me calm and give me joy. I know how to remain happy and calm. Be selfish with your family.

Lucca Tuscany

I walk often on the estate with my daughter.

Mental Health - Lockdown Versus Insanity

Some of my friend’s mindset is sad to see. The fear that has gripped them is why now life is full of fear and the death they will die. The reality is we will all die.

Consider Your Red Flags

When you no longer bother to eat properly and instead snacks all day on sugar. It may be apathy, exhaustion or irritability. You might struggle to make simple decisions or rationalise thoughts. Watch the sugar intake, it’s not good for Covid or any illness. Unhealthy eating makes me depressed and exhausted and short-tempered.

Perhaps your flag is a lack of desire to run a route you love, resentment for a family member who rests with ease or feeling frozen as you open the laptop for work. Perhaps your flag is those nights adrenaline chases sleep out of reach or hypersensitivity to the normal sounds of your home. I have a new obsession, collecting flowers wherever I walk. Here in Tuscany wildflowers are everywhere. This is a way of relaxing and my new wellness. I also use essential oils to fight any anxiety and keep my spirit calm.

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I have access to rosemary, so I make rosemary te and use it for conditioning my hair. I also place it under my pillow. Rosemary makes you sleep.

Don’t Invite The Wrong People

People carry negative energy. I have had to get rid of people with ruthlessness. So peace and joy is in my household. Don’t attract evil, fights and unsettled spirits. some people have depression in them and they can really upset me. I have had massive fights with my husband after a person who has insanity all over them. That carry anxiety. be mindful of who you invite into your home.

Mental Health - Lockdown Versus Insanity

Sage & Frankincense

I burn sage every time I feel too.  Look at the bible and in churches now they use it to cast evil spirits and depression. we do not only find against flesh and blood. I burn and put Frankincense for protection against anxiety, depression and illness. Against restlessness and lack of sleep. I am aware when God is speaking to me when I don’t sleep. Go with it and pray.

We are in a war against humanity. Fight for your life, family and the place you built and worked so hard for. Nothing is what it seems.

Create a peaceful home where the mind is strong. Teach one another to speak about your future and how you want to live. Words have power.

Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.” Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”

We are at war with our leaders who have no idea the right path to take and fight this pandemic. So in the meantime, it is up to me to keep my family sane. Tuscany does help and where I chose to move to. Stress relief must take priority in anyone life.

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Pamper Yourself

My emotional and physical resources are a currency that I spend on my family for the benefit of their collective wellbeing. Plan, strategies and diarise periods of space, rest and refuelling, whatever that may look like for you. Use what resources and support you have available to facilitate these things. For me, that is roses and making bespoke items that are one-off pieces. Like my Pucci pyjamas, green moss poncho and my crotchet dress. I also like to drive classic cars on this occasion I asked on Facebook, Lucca to borrow some. Tap into our people’s resources and don’t be ashamed to ask for help.