The loosening of the lockdown has our thoughts turning to it finishing altogether. A subject fraught with emotion, science, politics and completely out of my control. But what is in my control is what I choose to keep from this strange period of my life. And there is lots that I have enjoyed and would love to keep hold of.
Working from home. I am enjoying being at home generally. Spending what was commuting time in exercise or chatting to family, or cooking something healthy is a great swap. Being able to sit outside at lunch times, or to stand in the garden for a few moments whilst the kettle boils are precious stress reducers in the day.
Video conferences for Scouts and church meetings. Don’t get me wrong, I am missing the interaction with people a lot, but I have to admit that finding the time for various meetings in the evenings and weekends is so very much easier without also having to negotiate for the car and factor in travel time. Especially when the travel time for work happens too. It really does feel like some meetings are much more efficient via video call.
Doing much more craft. I am not a natural crafter, but since lockdown we have had a designated craft night every week, I have had some crafty video callswith friends and various bouts with the sewing machine to stitch up laundry bags or face masks. All of them have been enjoyable and I like pottering about with various little projects.
Games and jigsaws. We own tons of them and rarely play them. Jigsaws are reserved for Christmas holidays pretty much and board games for family gatherings. Until lockdown, when they have become very much a part of the week. Hugely enjoyable and actually do not take much time.
Spending time in my garden. My garden is made for sitting in, not weeding. By which I mean, I deliberately grow weeds and enjoy doing so. Except that I have been gifted lots of lovely vegetable seeds and plants this year – so I have a mini allotment in pots alongside the weed beds. Lush, green and productive. Perfect garden.
Running every morning. It started as a way to make sure my lungs were as strong as they could be before they were inflicted with a respiratory virus (no I have no medical or scientific basis for this actually helping in any way, but it helped me feel that I was doing something to stay in control) – or someone else in the family was afflicted and we would have to isolate, or the government would ban all exercise outdoors. I was sure one of those would happen within a couple of weeks. Eight weeks later and we have run every day except on Sundays.
Long walks early on a Sunday morning. Ironically once churches open for worship these walks will have to get earlier, but I am loving a pre-breakfast walk through local urban parks and country parks, or a little further afield now that driving is possible. And the fact it is not a run makes it all the more delicious, so it is dependent on the previous point.
Better food. Having more time at home means I am cooking even more. I hate sandwiches and having the time to have a proper lunch is just lovely. Our fruit and vegetable consumption has increased greatly – which started as another obsession to build our immune systems ahead of the viral attack.
Great sleep. All of the above is possibly contributing to my sleep being better than it has been for years. Keeping this post lockdown is maybe dependent on keeping everything else in place.
Being at home more. I like being at home. Which surprises me, as I spend so much time out of it usually.