Reflecting on Lockdown

As we are finally in the process of easing the lockdown restrictions, take a moment to reflect on the things you have enjoyed during lockdown, things you will miss when life returns to normal and the new habits you would like to IMG_20200527_132054incorporate into your life after lockdown?

I will not pretend lockdown was a piece of cake. Some days I felt like homeschooling really pushed me to my limits and it confirmed that I have definitely not missed my calling as a teacher. Not to mention the unforgettable and surreal experience of hunting for loo roll.

But, I want to focus on the positive, on our successes! We experienced moments of absolute bliss with our children and as a family. On one of those challenging days, I was on the ropes, feeling like a total failure only for my son to say, “Mummy, this was a brilliant day”. Those are the memories I want to treasure and remember. I enjoyed watching them run around, carefree and almost oblivious to the crisis we are facing. At the end of the day, it’s all about perspective. How you choose to move forward will most certainly change your experience.

Upon reflection, I jotted down a few things that I want to take with me when lockdown is over.

  1. Take care of yourself

Take time for yourself, even if it’s half an hour a day. It’s not selfish, it’s essential. That’s why they would always remind you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others, there’s wisdom in that. Whether it’s going for a walk, reading a book or putting on a facial mask. It really helped me in taking my eyes momentarily off my worries and to just breath.

  1. Stay connected, get involved

During this time it was amazing to see how many people reached out to one other to help and to offer support. You might not think donating three tins of baked beans or that unwanted jumper at the back of your wardrobe will make a big difference, but it does. There is so much need out there and it’s important to help if you are in a position to do so.

  1. Exercise

This might be a strange one for most of you who are already very active. I’m much more active now than before lockdown and the benefit of getting out and going for a walk has been good for me to recharge.

  1. What are you thankful/grateful for?

This is a great question to start or end your day. Taking a few minutes to reflect on your day and to give thanks.

  1. Be kind to yourself

We are sometimes our own worst critics. Have positive thoughts about yourself, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Talk to someone if things start to overwhelm you, it doesn’t make you any less wonderful in the eyes of your creator.

IMG-20200523-WA0033You don’t need to set the world on fire and designing a Nasa space shuttle is not a requirement for having a successful life. Some days will be better than others and you can do this!

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