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Best of Cov – Ways to take notice

14 May 2020

This week on our #5at5 on Instagram and Twitter, we asked the people of Coventry to tell us how they are pausing and taking notice while the city is still in lockdown. We had so many brilliant responses about nature, seeing the talent of the people of Coventry, and championing organisations who are supporting our most vulnerable. @Kaylacoo on Twitter shared her amazing art project with us; “I have been drawing my garden every day in lockdown, so far 44 drawings of the same view each day. A visual diary of the passing of time in one place, observing the changing seasons, weather and my emotional state in this pandemic”.

Here is her amazing art.

Our Best of Cov blog this week is exploring ways we can take notice during lockdown, which is one of Mind’s Five Ways to Wellbeing. Taking notice seems like a bit of a difficult thing to do when so many people are stressed or anxious. But it is important to pause, take a moment and notice the brilliant things around you. Be it friends and family offering support, going for a walk and connecting with nature, noticing the good deeds people are doing or even just sitting and doing nothing and taking time for yourself. Taking notice can help you relax and see the world in a more positive light.

If you are looking for some different ways to help you pause and take notice, then we have some ideas for you.

  1. Make the most of your unlimited time outside.
    On Sunday evening the Prime Minister announced a number of changes to the lockdown rules including people being allowed outside for as long as they want. This means that we are all able to take advantage of our environmental surroundings and stretch our legs. Why not get out and go for a long walk? Notice the changes around you now that spring is in full swing. You can find a range of walks to do around Coventry here.
  2. Pause and dedicate some time to yourself.
    If you aren’t able to get out and about there are different things you can do to pause and take notice. Meditating is a great way to relax and check in with yourself and just dedicate a chunk of time to making sure you are OK. There are free online guided meditation sessions for Coventry residents done by Zoom. The sessions are on Mondays 19:30-20:00 and weekday morning sessions Monday-Friday from 8:00 -08:30. You can find out more here.
  3. Share your stories of a local hero.
    On Tuesday the 12th of May you might have seen our campaign to make Coventry glow in recognition of International Day of the Nurse. Well, we are continuing this theme and are asking you to share a picture and story about your local hero – it could be a doctor or nurse, someone working in retail who has gone the extra mile, a volunteer, neighbour or a community leader. From the nominations we will then select 21 local heroes to have a professional portrait done to be part of an exhibition later in the year. So, share your local heroes with us by sending their photo and why you are nominating them to info@coventry2021.co.uk . Find out more here.
  4. Stretch your mind and body.
    Yoga is a great way to keep wellness at the forefront of your mind. You feel each part of your body stretching and working to get into the right positions. City Yoga has taken their classes online. Classes are £4 a session and you must book in advance. We recommend Sunday classes at 10-11 in the morning which are for people with a range of yoga experience. Find out more here.
  5. Try your hand at creative writing.
    Creative writing is great way to take notice of your experiences and feelings and turn them into something creative. Teen fiction writer, and ex Coventry resident, Cathy Cassidy has launched a creative writing challenge with Sitting Rooms of Culture called the Coventry Couch Potato Challenge. People of all ages, from kids to adults, can write a short story or poem about their experience in lockdown. It needs to be 1,000 words or less and you can submit up to three pieces. The best entries will then be collated into a book. Closing date is 30th May. You can find out more here.

Our national resource this week is something that quite a lot of people have done during lockdown….

Learn to make sourdough bread.
Now this may seem like an odd way to take notice but stay with us. Making bread can be a daunting project, especially if you haven’t done it before, but each step of the way requires you to examine, listen to, look at and feel the dough. Making a sourdough starter is the same and so useful if you can’t get hold of yeast at the moment. You need to keep your starter alive and pay attention to it. This is great way to focus on one task at a time.
You find the recipe for the starter here.
You can find the recipe for sourdough bread here.

 

We hope you found this blog useful and we would love to hear from you about how you have been taking notice in lockdown, or any initiatives that we may have missed. You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can join in the conversation using the hashtag #BestofCov. You can also email us at info@coventry2021.co.uk.

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