Earlier this week saw the signs of lockdown beginning to be lifted. Something I think a LOT of people have been waiting to see. At the moment, it’s only the kids going back at school, but it is a step in the right direction; and one that is following the roadmap laid out to us. In light of the restrictions beginning to be lifted, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reflecting on lockdown and what I’ve learned from it. So, I thought I’d share a few of them with you today; here’s 5 interesting things I’ve learned from lockdown.
I’m not sure about you but I definitely think this last lockdown has been the toughest. I think the main reason for this is it being winter, with the colder and darker evenings. Those in themselves can be pretty miserable but, mixed in with lockdown, it’s even worse. Not only that but, I think because we had some level of normality between June and October after being cooped up for several months, it’s harder to then be locked down again. Obviously, we understand it’s what’s needed, but it doesn’t make it easy.
5 Interesting Things I’ve Learned From Lockdown
1. BEING A HERMIT
The first, and main, thing, is the fact that I do enjoy being a hermit; BUT when it’s on MY terms. I think a lot of people will resonate with this one. It’s amazing how much you feel confined when choice is taken out of it. Now that I work from home on a permanent basis too, I think I feel it worse, because obviously I’d love to finish work and get out and get some fresh air, meet up with some friends or even go to my local and wind down; perhaps even all three. Obviously, I can’t do that right now but hopefully in the coming months.
2. BEING SOCIAL
One thing that surprised me to realise is actually how social I am. I always kind of thought of myself as a bit of a social hermit (see above). I think mainly because I can get quite anxious about going out; especially if there’s going to be a lot of people. But, at Christmas, when I went to deliver presents and obviously stopped on the doorsteps talking to my friends, I was literally on such a cloud nine when I got back. So, yeah, it showed me just how much I do enjoy being around and socialising with people.
Another big one is how much I really want to get out and explore. This one isn’t so much of a surprise because it was one of my biggest goals coming into 2020 last year; but we all know how well that went. So, when things do open back up again and we are allowed to travel, I’ll be looking forward to getting out and exploring. Even within the UK. I certainly won’t be rushing to go abroad this year, and I’ll probably even be a little reluctant to travel within the UK. 2022, however, may well be a different story!
At this point, to be honest, I’ll just be happy with the gyms reopening. Going to the gym gives me such a mental boost that I can’t even describe. I always come back from the gym feeling dead productive and tend to make use of those moods, whether it be batch cooking, cleaning my flat, smashing out some blog posts, etc. and I really do miss that. I did go once or twice when they opened up again last year, buttttt I was a little bit hesitant. Everyone was really good about cleaning the machines down before and after and the staff were amazing with regular cleans, it’s just one of those things isn’t it?
5. LIVING ALONE
The last thing I’ve definitely realised throughout this lockdown is that I really like having my own space (sorry Chris!. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been great having him here, especially over the winter months when I tend to struggle a bit more with my condition, buttttttt I do miss having my own space. Last year, almost to the day actually, I wrote a blog post basically about how much I loved living on my own and the benefits of it and, I guess things haven’t changed much. I think, because I’ve lived with someone since I moved to uni, it’s just been nice having my own space and I’m just not ready to give that up yet.
In all honesty, I think the main reason too is that we both work from home, so we’re constantly in each other’s space. Perhaps when things open up, and we can get out of each other’s hair, it’ll be a different story. However, when lockdown is over, he will be going back home. So it’ll be a bit of a test as to whether I really do prefer my own space or whether I actually end up missing having him here. I guess we’ll find out soon!
So yeah, I guess that’s my 5 things I’ve learned from lockdown as we slowly start to make our way out of it. Is there anything you’ve learned from lockdown? Let me know in the comments!
Take care my lovelies,