Lockdown. Some thrive while some struggle.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced another 4-week lockdown in England. Under the new restrictions, pubs and gyms are closed, only essential shops can remain open.
As we are spending more time at home during this pandemic, working or having lessons from home, meeting friends via video calls, travel time is minimized and there are less social activities.
Surely no one wants to be isolated at home. No one wants to see blurry faces on a pixelized screen. No one wants to face the 4 walls of your room all day. But can we use the extra time we have, to try something new?
Away from screens
We are all tired of sitting in front of a screen all day, having boring video meetings, matching kind of funny videos and playing games. In the past, having a free day to stay at home might be the best gift of the week, but now it has become so boring and routine that you really wish you could go out.
In many places, it is still not safe for you, and for your community, to go out frequently. However, we can try to replicate the outdoor life we had. Instead of watching travel videos on Youtube to remind yourself of destinations, why not create your own virtual destination?
This is a perfect time to pick up a new hobby, no matter it is singing, dancing, painting, or what ever you like. You got the free time to so that. And it helps you to stay away from electronic devices, overwhelming messages and video calls.
The majority spends most of their self isolation with Netflix and games, if you managed to do create something, to learn something, then you will be ahead of the game when everything restores.
Build new habits
People associate habits with people, places, and special events. It is acceptable that building new habits is harder during this period, and your old good habits are falling. You no longer go out for exercise, and eat a lot of junk food.
So why not create your own special event, your own environment?
Start an workout challenge with your friends on social media. Just a few hashtags, and promise to donate to charity or do a fun video if you miss your workout will do. And, a few friends, of course.
It’s hard, we all know it, and we are all experiencing it.
I know a lot of people who make use of the extra time at home to learn a new language, pick up a musical instrument, or even change careers. You can do it too.