This week’s blog is a from Jane from the Salus Foundation, a local charity focusing on supporting the well-being of individuals living with fatigue conditions.

Rhythms and patterns

Previously as a secondary school teacher of PE and French my life would be full of routine, patterns, rhythms. The rules of language, the rhythm of sounds, the patterns and tactics in games and sports, the daily, weekly monthly, termly annual routine.  I would know exactly who would be sitting where in which room on the first week in September and the last day of term in summer. And since starting school aged 4 this had been my routine, my pattern, my structure. Someone else’s timetable. For 40 years I followed that pattern more or less.

Currently with working for a charity and working from home, it is now me who puts my patterns and rhythms into my day. It’s not easy is it? What time should you wake up? Is it OK to chat to other members of your family while ‘at work’, what do you do for lunch? How do you manage the umpteen video calls? But it is possible to find some really lovely moments when maybe you hear birds in your garden, when your husband pops out of his ‘office’ to say hello, your son asks if he can sit with you while you work, you have a cup of tea just the way you like it.

And I actually feel more connected. I have used video conferencing to call groups of friends who live away and we have no idea why we didn’t think of doing this before. I can join my cousin’s Yoga classes that I never could attend before as she lives too far away. I do not want to live for long in the virtual world but just enough to connect.

who puts my patterns and rhythms into my day. It’s not easy is it? What time should you wake up? Is it OK to chat to other members of your family while ‘at work’, what do you do for lunch? How do you manage the umpteen video calls? But it is possible to find some really lovely moments when maybe you hear birds in your garden, when your husband pops out of his ‘office’ to say hello, your son asks if he can sit with you while you work, you have a cup of tea just the way you like it..

At the moment at work we are offering a month’s FREE trial of our on-line Well Being Hub www.salus.org.uk. Videos and fact sheets that help me and others through these strange times. Bringing awareness to thought patterns (are they negative, cyclical?), finding foods and recipes that are nutritious and bring healing and energy to often frazzled bodies, gentle movements to just help us feel better.

I have been able to put washing out on the line, it smells lovely, I mindfully peg it out being grateful for my little patch of green. I can hear my neighbors’ little children laughing in their garden. I have enjoyed the food I have made. I dusted off my road bike and popped out for a few journeys feeling the wind on my cheeks.

I am grateful to have the chance to stop, look, listen. This is my day, my rhythms.