Lockdown due to the Corona Virus has made us realise that our duty as a citizen to protect the elderly, vulnerable, NHS and ourselves is an extremely serious one. In the process of emotions that go on in this strange place of this alternate universe we have realised and learnt some things, which we would like to share with you.
Top 20 essential lessons that the lockdown has taught us or changed our feelings about is not only about surviving but also thriving:
We are grateful for our health and family and having loved ones around.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA IS A NECESSITIY
The very thing that we feared for our children is the very thing that has kept us all informed, sane and given us activities to do and learning resources to do with the kids.
Give priority to what really matters in life.
4. TAKE IT DAY BY DAY
Not rushing is a good thing. Being more present with your children and not rushing around gives more of a sense of calm for you and your family. Wouldn’t you agree?
5. MAKE TIME TO DO THINGS
The things we have been meaning to do like cleaning cupboards, decluttering, recycling and getting rid of things we no longer need is cathertic. Now is the time to get organised and get things done.
6. MOTHERS ARE UNDERESTIMATED
Never underestimate what a mother does all day! They are multi-taskers and sometimes one handed.
7. EXERCISE IS A GREAT CALMER
Exercise can help when you are feeling anxious or need some alone time. We have adapted a family work out session daily to get everyone together and work out.
8. INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN
Children can make the scariness of the world disappear for a minute but also makes you want to protect them more
9. FRESH AIR
Fresh air is underrated, never take it for granted it’s the air on our face that makes us feel free
10. WE ONLY NEED BASICS FOR LIVING
We really don’t need luxuries it’s taught us what we really need. Health is wealth and family is everything.
11. YOU HAVE AMAZING AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
12. ROUTINE IS NEEDED
Create a schedule for getting up in the morning, so you get dressed and feel like you have a purpose, breakfast routine, exercise routines, home schooling, activities, meals and bedtimes. You may also have adapted for working from home as well.
We could clean a thousand times a day its therapeutic and also important to keep everything hygenic in this time
14. NEIGHBOURHOODS AND COMMUNITIES
Your vibe attracts your tribe. Neighbours become really important at this time, we may not even know some of them but at this time we have all reached out on Wattsapp groups and asked if anyone needs anything when going to the shops or even sent each other memes and jokes to keep the spirits up. Now more than ever, you are glad you are part of an online community to turn to for support.
15. WILL WE EVER BE AFFECTIONATE AGAIN
I’m not sure I’m ever going to like getting to near people again, we have been made so aware of hygiene and how germs get around that it makes us suspicious of ever being tactile again.
16. FREEDOM IS A LUXURY
Being able to do anything you want is an amazing thing and will never be taken for granted again. We will always appreciate being able to pop out whenever we need and go and see whoever we like.
17. POSITIVE AFFIRMATION
Children are happy as long as they are with their family, who are there to protect them and love them. For children and toddlers being with their parents is all they need to keep them feeling safe, happy and secure. Its the best time for quality family time and family bonding.
Due to the panic buying behaviours of others i.e.: toilet paper and paper towels we have learned how to use items and things in moderation we need to be more thoughtful on how we use things and waste, it also makes us think about our carbon footprint when we are living a ‘normal’ life. Living more sustainably is the way to go as well as finding ways to reduce plastic in our home.
This is something we must learn and understand that we can’t always control how things will unfold. Simply we need to have patience and we may not always be in control of our own life and destiny.
20. SELF CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH
We have had to accept this current phase of craziness as the new normal, for now and as long as it lasts. We don’t know what a couple months will bring so have to take each day as it comes and stay focussed on things that calm you and work for your mental state. Staying socially connected and supporting your friends and family and them supporting you will get you and them through.
Tough times don’t last people, tough people do.