Lockdown period certainly has been a time for reflection. The first couple of weeks I found really difficult. I couldn’t concentrate on anything – not our businesses, anything on TV or reading. I felt lost with a heightened level of anxiety. These last few weeks I’ve found our new normal and established a new routine. I wanted to share what I’d learnt in the 2 months of lockdown.
Man, we lived a life that was 100mph ALL.THE.TIME. Before anyone pipes up, yes, we run our own diaries and schedules so we’re the ones responsible for this. Whilst I’ve missed seeing friends and family at the weekends, it’s been nice to not have to be anywhere. We need to factor in quieter weekends going forward.
In the 6 years we’ve lived in our house, I’ve NEVER walked into town to go the post office. It’s probably a 15 minute walk and I’d usually jump in the car or dash in whilst I was on the way to another meeting or appointment.
I might not have done all those jobs around the house I thought I was going to do, but that’s OK. It doesn’t matter. They’ll still be there in a week, a month or a years time!
When work has been quiet, I’ve taken myself out of the office and outside to sit and read or work on a blog post instead.
Utilise What You’ve Already Got
Our shopping habits have definitely changed over time. I was a weekly food shopper who also popped to the smaller shops for extra bits and pieces. Goodness knows how much we were spending. Now I’ve been doing a HUGE food shop at Tesco once a fortnight and then adding on bits and bobs with the milkman. If we haven’t got something, the recipe is adapted or scrapped. We’ve used all those random bits and bobs you buy and shove at the back of the cupboard like risotto mixes.
I’ve also been ‘shopping’ my beauty stash. As part of my #project3000 series last year, I’ve been making a real effort to use up lots of items rather than just buy more and more. I’ve used up SO many products, I’ve made room for a delivery coming in the next week (yes, I ordered the Caroline Hirons Spring Kit!)Food / beauty / clothes
It’s a well known fact that I love to support local businesses. Our favourite cafe has been closed throughout lockdown so we haven’t been able to have our weekly visits for coffees or pizzas.
There are lots of other ways we’ve supported small independent businesses during lockdown. As mentioned above, we’ve maxed out our milkman most weeks and added onto our usual milk order. A small farmshop has started doing veg, fruit and meat boxes so we’ve topped up our need for fresh produce with them. A couple of chefs from a local pub have started doing artisan breads and the most incredible pies (butternut squash and feta being our fav!).
I’ve been doing a gratitude journal on and off for about 18 months. I’ve made a real effort to do this every evening, just before I get into bed. It’s been so easy to forget the simple things. Examples of what I’ve been grateful are include a cup of tea in bed, sitting outside for lunch, client work, having food in our fridge and cupboards and getting out for our daily dog walks as the weather has been incredible.
Picking up the phone
We’re from an age where if the our mobile rings, we’re actually horrified. These devices have come SUCH a long way since they were introduced to our lives and it’s rare many of us use them for their intended purpose. In the last 2 months I don’t think I’ve ever actually spoken to people so much!
Zoom calls etc are great, but they just don’t cut it sometimes. Now, more than ever, we are checking in and silly Zoom or Houseparty sessions lifting sprits. It’s those one on one calls that are needed most. The ‘How are you doing? (actually, really, be honest?)’
I NEED my RPM classes!
A sentence I never thought I’d say! I usually go to an RPM class twice or three times a week plus a PiYo class once a week. This is my time and the only place where my brain isn’t going 100 miles an hour. I’ve been getting up early most days and doing a Les Mills 30 minute work out. I lose interest in anything more than that. However…I do find myself giving up easily as there’s nobody spurring me on or thinking nobody else has given up yet so I need to keep going!
What have you learnt during lockdown?