Ten things I’ve learned in lockdown

It’s important to make the most of what life gives us. With that in mind, here are ten things I’ve learned in lockdown that might also help you:-

  1.  There are more important things than a “normal” routine. How many times do we do something, or go through a usual – pre-lockdown – day without really thinking about whether we need to, or could, do things differently? Being forced to live for well-nigh a year cheek by jowl with my nearest and dearest, a great many things have had to be adjusted, including my “usual” workaday expectations. And guess what? The world is still working fine.
  • There are lots of things I don’t “need”. Again, how much stuff in a “normal” day have I got used to taking for granted? Trips out whenever I like, visits to shops, buying a new set of clothes… An awful lot of stuff I expected to need and want, I no longer even think about. A new trend of minimalism which gives me room to do more interesting things.
  • As I get used to getting along with “less”, I appreciate what I have, more: time to rest, to go to bed early, time to resign the worries – since there isn’t much I can do if the weather keeps me indoors most of the day and I’m not allowed to venture outside anyway, except for exercise… So I am happy to have time to eat a leisurely breakfast and appreciate how it tastes; I’m happy to share a joke or watch re-runs of favourite TV series with my husband and daughter; I’m happy if I have a clean top to wear…
  • I buy less, so what I have at home, I adapt to less wasteful, more friendly usage. Instead of buying disposable face-masks and synthetic wash cloths which end up in the bin, I buy washable alternatives, or cut up a ragged cotton towel into wash-up squares that can be laundered and re-used often; I started out saving ends of soap and reforming them – and I still intend to do this, when I’ve got enough of them – but I now also buy round soaps instead of square, because I discover that a round shape means much less to throw away.
  • I think less about things that I don’t enjoy. The things that used to bug me – constant laundry, washing and tidying – I now see as opportunities for improvement; and if that doesn’t work, I deal with chores quickly, and with minimal mental investment, with a view to getting past them and into something more fun: I’ve started learning Portuguese on duolingo, and I really enjoy the new “Durrells” series…

To be continued… Thanks for reading.

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