Posted: 20/05/2017 at 18:21
Such good comments above - be kind to yourself and give yourself time - the garden will still be there next year.
There is no harm at all in just putting down a lawn for now - you can dig paths, patios and borders out of it later - it's what most of us have done.
I echo the advice to spend time thinking about how and when you want to use the garden - and to try and think where any permanent structures need to be.
Do you need somewhere to store gardening equipment, garden chairs, bikes etc? (you'll need a lawnmower at the very least ) - in which case you'll need a shed - preferably on a concrete base. That will be a permanent structure - have a think about the best place for it.
Do you want to sit or eat in the garden? - look at where the sun is at different times of the day. If you like sitting in the sun you'll want to make a sitting area where the sun is at the times you'll use the garden. You might want several sitting areas - perhaps one for breakfast - another for an evening drink - another to sit in the shade.
Do you actually want to garden as such? - if so, you'll want borders and beds. If not, but you want something that looks cared for (but with less work), we'll need to consider some low maintenance options for you.
The planting is a little way down the line. When it comes to it there are many helpful folks on here to help you select the best plants for your needs.
For now - enjoy your cuppa