In early 2020 the world around us changed and many of us were, for the first time ever, placed in lockdown. Without your normal daily routine to keep sane, you were left to figure out how to live a life without them. Maybe you started off by sleeping in, binge-watching everything and anything on Netflix whilst forgetting what gym clothes looked like. Then after a while, after realising that doing nothing can actually get quite boring after a while, you might have started caring for plants, playing around with puzzles or cooking up a new storm each night. Anything to stay happy in this new situation. As life is now slowly starting to return to normal, you might have realised that there some of these habits are not habits that you are not willing to let go of. These might differ from person to person, but here’s a list of 6 positive lockdown habits to keep with you as life returns to “normal!
1. Make Time For Things You Are Passionate About
Life moved fast before and whatever routine in place was hard to change, because it was barely noticeable. But the stillness of lockdown created the perfect opportunity to explore passions that you might have forgotten since childhood (hey jigsaw puzzles and painting!) or to venture out and try something new (hey cocktail making!). As life returns to normal, don’t let your normal routines take over and make sure to schedule time to do the things that make your heart beat faster and that makes you feel like YOU.
2. Trying New Things
Being locked at home definitely inspires one to try a multitude of different things and activities to escape boredom. Whether you tried making your own sourdough starter, took part in online cooking courses or took a swing at singing lessons - don’t let the end of lockdown stop trying and enjoying new things! Trying new things is a surefire way to make life more memorable, to let go of fear and to get to know different sides of yourself. So even if lockdown is over, don’t forget to try something new things at least once a month.
3. Self Care
Although self-care has been a beloved concept for quite some time, lockdown was the moment many of us to become intimately acquainted with the concept. As self-care ranges from journaling, to mindfulness, to exercise and your individual needs and desires, the range of benefits is also wide. A good self-care routine can help you alleviate stress, improve your emotional help and give life a peaceful little silver lining. So don’t let go off your self-care routine when other parts of your routine start returning, and enjoy that precious calm feeling even as the world spins faster.
4. To Digitally Unplug
Unplugging from the digital world can be easier said than done but the benefits are huge. It gives you the opportunity to focus, to connect with the naturalm world around you and to stay present. It leaves time for simple pleasures and actually leaves you feeling less lonely, especially if you spend a lot of time scrolling Instagram. This was especially important when the time spent online became non-stop when working from home as there wasn’t the same natural opportunity to close your laptop after a day of work. Instead, it was easy to move to the couch when ending work (if you weren’t working from there already that is..) and open a new tab to browse Netflix. Add that to the time already spent on your phone talking with friends and social media and the total time spent online can feel overpowering. Choosing to unplug from technology for a few hours or a day is, therefore, a habit to continue with even when life returns to normal.
5. To Practice Gratitude On A Regular Basis
As life slowed down in lockdown, it was easier to enjoy and appreciate the small things that make life so special. Whether it was the opportunity to zoom call with your family, go for a walk around the park or cook something new, those small good bits of life suddenly felt extra special. You might even have felt that it was easier to extend and practice gratitude in moments like those. As practising gratitude can help you feel more optimistic about the future, increase resilience and improve sleep quality, who doesn’t want to keep that in their “normal” life routine?
6. To Play More
During lockdown, it was easier to take time to play around and that’s one positive habit to keep with you because “you don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing” (George Bernard Shaw). As life returns to normal, you can now also arrange board game nights or puzzle afternoons with friends and loves ones, the world is finally your oyster!