I’d been looking forward to Spring.
Although we’ve hardly had a ‘real’ winter here in the Netherlands, I was longing to be outside, feel the sun of my face and watch nature come back to life. The blossoming trees and light-hearted energy of new beginnings in the air never fail to put a smile on my face.
But then, the coronavirus spread around the globe, forcing so many of us to stay at home.
I’m no stranger to being stuck indoors. For more than a decade, I spent most of of days in bed or on the couch due to juvenile rheumatism, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. So I know plenty of ways to keep myself entertained when bored and sick at home – in fact, you can get my 130 best ideas for low-energy activities for free when you sign up here!
But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss simple Spring routines like being in nature, cycling my kids to school, having lunch outdoors and seeing newborn lambs and baby ducks around.
However, if there’s one thing I learned from all those years of being housebound with chronic illness, it’s how to make the most of any situation. Surely there must be a way to get that sense of renewal, growth, rejuvenation and creation between four walls?
No matter if you’re stuck at home due to chronic illness, social distancing or quarantine, here’s how you can still embrace Spring during a season of self-isolation.