I don’t know about you, but lockdown for me has bought about a lot of different emotions. Like everyone up and down the country, there’s been good days and bad days. Particularly this week, I’ve been thinking about the lessons I have gained from this and what I will take into post-lockdown life. So here are some of my lessons that I’ve learnt in lockdown:
1. Always keep in touch
I have to be honest, I am awful at keeping in touch with friends at the best of times. Whether it be because I’m busy, or forgot to reply to a text… we’ve all done it. But lockdown has really bought it home to me how important it is to stay connected and make sure that your friends and family are holding up okay. It’s mutually beneficial, if you want to, you can talk about how you’re feeling in these unprecedented times. It’s been so much fun doing pub quizzes over Zoom just to maintain a bit of normality to our social lives. So my number one take away lesson from all of this is to check in and keep in touch as much as possible.
2. Nights in are here to stay
Like every other person, I love a good ol’ night out with friends – who doesn’t? But, I’m not going to be doing them as regularly anymore because I now love staying in and having a great night at home. It’s so much fun making a great dinner and buying nice wine or buying yummy snacks from M&S and making cocktails. I’m also realising how much money I save, which will now go towards a deposit for a flat. This is such a great thing to do with friends post-lockdown, invite everyone over and ask them to bring a bottle and create your own drinks. Lesson number two from lockdown life is that I will no longer feel that going out is the best way to have fun, I much prefer being able to listen to my own music, have great conversation and not have the dreaded bank balance check in the morning!
3. Take time out to enjoy hobbies more
In our normal hectic lives, it’s hard to find the time (and energy) to always do the things that we really love to do. I’ve really enjoyed having spare time on my hands to do things I love. I’ve been getting creative again by carving Lino prints and painting as well as setting up this blog, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. It’s easy to forget the things you love doing when you’re bogged down with work, but jumping back into my hobbies has made this experience a lot easier for me. Once post-lockdown life is here, whenever that may be, I will be taking lesson 3 and scheduling the hobbies I enjoy into my day.
4. Enjoy the world, and look after it more, because it is amazing
It’s been great to see the world starting to recover whilst us humans have been locked down. I personally have noticed things like the sea being clearer and I have seen many other pictures and read stories of the planets recovery. If ever I’m at the beach, I do try to pick up bits of plastic and rubbish that are on the shore. Being able to walk once a day has made me more aware of my surroundings, too. I leave my phone at home and just enjoy the sounds around me, the smells and little things I perhaps wouldn’t normally of noticed. Lesson number four for me is that I am going to try and drastically cut down my use of single-use plastics to help look after the planet more.
5. Never ever take a hug for granted
Collectively, I think we can all relate to the fact that we miss hugging the people we love. Lockdown has made me realise how much I rely on a hug, if I’m feeling rubbish then it makes me feel better, if something great has happened then a congratulatory hug is a must. Perhaps one of the biggest lessons from lockdown is that I will never take being able to hug my loved ones for granted again. When this is all over, they’re all going to get the biggest hug!