Someone asked me this question yesterday with such sincerity that I almost burst into tears - and it made me stop and think. The way the question was asked made me realise that perhaps I wasn’t as in control as I thought I was.

Which is why today I’m not going to talk interiors, decor or products. I just want to ask how you are all feeling and if you're OK?

I've seen lots of posts from friends this week, particularly those with school age children who all seem to have hit a wall with one describing it as a wave of emotions where one day you've got it together, the next you’re an emotional wreck wondering if this will ever be over.

It really isn't surprising that many children (and parents!) aren’t responding to home learning with the same enthusiasm as they once were. 

There are also the posts from my nursing colleagues who are having to work under such pressure, anxiety and fear. They all get on with their work, go home to their families afterwards and then do it all again the next day. It's relentless and I admire every single one of them.

None of us have any real certainty of when lockdown restrictions will lift, anxiety and depression is creeping in, businesses are struggling, and we seem to have lost the ability to connect in a meaningful way without proper face-to-face contact.

In a nutshell, life is crappy for us all at the moment - for some it's far worse than for others.

So I just want to remind you that 'It's OK not to be OK' and to allow ourselves to acknowledge the struggle, and don’t, repeat DON'T be afraid to ask for help.  You’re never alone.

Huge hugs to you all,

Helen xxx