Over the past year all of our lives have changed enormously as a result of the restrictions imposed by the government due to the Covid19 pandemic. None of us chose the circumstances in which we found ourselves or wanted to make the changes that we were forced to implement. As the restrictions start to ease and there is the possibility of ‘going back to normal’ have you asked yourself whether you actually want to return to that place?
Whatever happens we can’t entirely go back to how things were before as we’ve all experienced life where our freedoms are curtailed. It has made us appreciate some of the simple pleasures life has to offer and also made us be more inventive.
We all need to assess what the positives have been during this time and think about how we can retain those as part of our future lives. Here are a few that I’ve learnt which you might want to think about.
the importance of a store cupboard
We all had to rely on our store cupboards at the beginning of the pandemic, when the supermarket shelves were emptying fast. Even when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic it’s good to have a well-stocked pantry that you can use to whip up a quick supper when you haven’t got time to go to the shops. Under the Median has recently done an episode entitled ‘Fifty Frugal Pantry Staples‘ if you’re thinking of starting one in your home.
keep in touch virtually
Without the option of meeting face to face many of us turned to Zoom and Skype. When we can hug our friends and family members again I’m sure we’ll all jump at the opportunity, but don’t discount the option of catching up with people virtually still, particularly if you don’t live near your family. Perhaps you’ve got some old school friends who you keep meaning to catch up with, but they live on the other side of the country. Give them a ring and set up a Zoom call.
In March 2020 it felt like the amount of people walking past our house increased exponentially. Not being able to drive for exercise and families being at home together all day both meant that people were eager to get out for a daily walk. I think that the sunshine helped as well, as we had good weather last spring. If you’ve made a habit of daily walks, why not try and keep that as part of your routine. Perhaps, if you have to return to the office to work, you may not have as much time, but how about on weekends or just three times a week?
having a vegetable garden
Some people turned to their own back garden for a supply of fresh vegetables, choosing to grow their own, even if it was just a few salad leaves. There are so many upsides to growing your own vegetables – no food miles, reduction of pesticides, better flavour and freshness. It’s also great for your mental health, just being outside pottering in the garden. It doesn’t have to be difficult and you don’t have to have a lot of equipment. You can make your own pots from toilet roll tubes or newspaper. There’s loads of information on the internet or get a book out of the library. A packet of seeds is also really cheap. If you don’t think you can get them to germinate, just buy some young plants from the garden centre. Once you’ve tasted home grown tomatoes you’ll never buy a supermarket one again.
start a new routine
For some I know that life has been chaotic, juggling work and childcare, so you may feel as though any routine has gone out of the window. As the children return to school and life begins to get back to normal use it as an opportunity to create a new routine for your family. ‘Returning to normal’ is okay as long as you were happy with your ‘normal’, but if you weren’t have a think about the shape you’d like your mornings to take.
Limited freedom has made us all appreciate what previously we took for granted. As you go for your first meal or your first day at the beach, take time to really appreciate it. Sit for a moment, in silence, and take in the view. Drink it in and remind yourself how lucky you are, because although it may not always feel like it when times are tough, on the whole life is good.
What are the parts of your life from the past year that you want to keep? I’d love to hear them. Let me know in the comments.
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