The world has been engulfed in mass panic and fear as Covid-19 spreads itself across the planet and we are not immune to the effects this hysteria is bringing. Social media, news outlets, conversations on the street are clouded with talk about the virus and what it means for families; companies and everyday life going forward. As we have recently announced, we at Black Betty Design are taking every measure we can to play our own role in minimising spread of the virus and taking responsibility for our staff and our clients. However, we also wanted to talk about the more mental and emotional toll this epidemic is taking on people around the world.
As countries go into lockdown and people have begun to self-isolate, we are reminded that now is the time to really step back and take a moment for yourself, to check in with yourself. We understand that the sentiment of self-care can sometimes be dictated from a place of privilege, with many people in our society unable to either self-isolate or take space from work, we encourage those who are in this position, to do so. We need to do our best to keep others around us safe & healthy. This is scary. We get it- even within our own business we are trying to think up creative and safe ways to keep our business going, to keep creating and to keep spreading love. As terrifying as it can sometimes be, we are going to try keep positive and hopeful, and we will be doing our best to share encouragement through our social media platforms (as well as to invite all our amazing clients to keep supporting local businesses through online purchases).
There are some amazing accounts you can follow at the moment on instagram that are doing this very thing- encouraging sanity and self-love through simple advice and gentle coaching- you do not need to leave your home or pay more money for therapy if you are needing some gentle reminding at this time. Here at Black Betty Design, we choose love- we wish to be accountable for our own actions, to help spread correct information and above all to choose love in all our actions.
If you are self-isolating we have some recommendations for ways you can spend your time. If you are working from home through this, there are more methods you can take to ensure you are being focused yet not over-stressed or tired.
We are hoping to come out of this relatively unscathed (or as unscathed as possible): please continue your sanitation practices, cough into your elbows; greet people with warm words rather than a handshake or elbow greeting and above all check in with yourself and those around you.
Gemstones – we love them in our jewels and to wear them close. But natural gems are not just treasured for their beauty and are revered by many across the world for their healing abilities, too.
If you are a lover of gems, I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘birthstone’ – which refers to a specific gem or crystal that is assigned to you according to which month you were born in. Being born at a certain time of the year affects our personalities - or character traits - due to planetary alignments. These traits are then assigned a particular gemstone in order to balance your sign’s characteristics in areas where your sign needs help, and also aids in highlighting those good traits. In this way, our assigned gemstones help bring out the best in us, whilst encouraging us to break away from the less-positive traits assigned to us by the planetary alignments.