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What I REALLY learnt throughout a yr in lockdown

As we’ve simply handed the one yr anniversary of when lockdown started within the UK, I’m seeing a lot of posts on-line about what individuals have learnt from this time. 

I’m seeing a lot of posts from once we have been all optimistic and passionate about saying at dwelling! Keep in mind when it was all a little bit of a novelty and we thought it will simply be for a number of weeks!?

Most individuals are sharing how sturdy and resilient we’re and the way we’ve all realised the significance of our psychological well being. We’ve learnt that train and recent air make us really feel alive and that our native greenspaces are a lifeline throughout robust occasions. We’ve learnt how a lot we love nature, respect the protection of our properties, love our native communities and miss our family and friends once we don’t see them and yadda yadda yadda yadda.

Sure to all these things! However it’s all getting a bit generic now.

I feel I already knew these things, I simply respect all of it much more now.

So I assumed I’d actually share what I’ve actually learnt throughout a yr in lockdown – largely to show to myself that it hasn’t been all unhealthy!

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#1. I’ve learnt to bake!

It’s sort of loopy to suppose that I’d by no means baked a cake earlier than lockdown as a result of I bake ALL THE TIME now. I even bake a lot that I’ve progressed to fancy, uncommon baking like chocolate and beetroot cake or this 6 layered rainbow cake!

I used to make Betty Crocker cupcakes however now I’m like an actual grownup who measures out elements and every thing.

#2. I’ve learnt to paddleboard

Nicely…I’ve learnt to face on the board with out immediately falling off!

For those who’d wish to know extra about shopping for a paddle board and studying, I wrote a little bit bit about it over right here on Instagram.

#3. I’ve learnt that my youngsters are happiest once we don’t do quite a bit

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This was a very fascinating one for me as a result of I used to be at all times a kind of mums who deliberate a lot of actions. Play dates, the zoo, petting farms, mushy play, parks, hikes and adventures. I cherished it and prided myself on busy a busy, hands-on mum.

However when lockdown hit, I realised my youngsters have been simply as blissful constructing a fort underneath the kitchen desk as that they had been throughout these fancy day journeys. They appear to like the consolation and familiarity of dwelling and so they’re extra prone to get misplaced of their imaginative play video games once they’re at dwelling.

#4. However I’m happiest when I’ve heaps to do

Sadly, the identical can’t be stated for me. I attempted to embrace the entire ‘let’s simply sit and chill out and revel in doing nothing’ vibe of lockdown however I can’t do it. Sitting and doing nothing isn’t stress-free for me!

I wish to have initiatives and objectives and to-do lists and duties, even whether it is simply making damson gin with all our damsons!

For some time I began pondering I used to be a kind of individuals who can’t sit and be nonetheless with their very own ideas. Folks on-line have been suggesting it was a foul factor if you happen to weren’t blissful doing nothing! However I don’t suppose it’s that. I like my very own ideas whereas I’m mountaineering or gardening, simply not whereas I’m sat nonetheless doing nothing.

#5. I’ve learnt to share my emotions in my very own manner

I feel everyone knows by now that speaking about how we really feel is so necessary. However that doesn’t at all times imply sitting down and having a coronary heart to coronary heart and also you pour out your feelings.

Generally it may be a easy textual content message like, ‘I’ve had a shitter of a day. Please deliver wine on the way in which dwelling!’

Says all of it actually doesn’t it.

#6. Poisonous positivity is a factor

I got here throughout the time period ‘poisonous positivity’ and I instantly rolled my eyes and groaned that I can’t even put a cheerful face on anymore!

However I used to be intrigued and browse extra about poisonous positivity and I realised it’s so necessary to acknowledge. 

Poisonous positivity is the place you placed on a cheerful face and faux every thing is ok with out acknowledging that you just really feel unhappy. It’s the place you push all of your unhappy emotions apart since you don’t really feel such as you’re allowed to really feel them.

I feel lockdown has seen an enormous rise in poisonous positivity with individuals saying, ‘Nicely, we’re fortunate, it could possibly be worse, different individuals are a lot worse off…’

And it’s true.

For myself not less than, I’m so fortunate. However simply because I’m fortunate doesn’t imply I can’t really feel unhappy about lockdown, in regards to the isolation, feeling overwhelmed with three youngsters at dwelling, homeschooling a reluctant baby and for shedding my entire enterprise and all my shoppers in a single day.

Sure, there are many individuals who’ve had it worse however that doesn’t imply it’s essential faux every thing is OK for worry of upsetting somebody who’s having a worse time than you.

Acknowledge the unhappy ideas with out feeling like it’s essential be a cheerful little bunny on a regular basis.

#7. I’ve learnt to backyard

Again to a extra lighthearted matter. I’ve learnt to backyard. I haven’t truly put lots of my learnings into observe but however I’ve accomplished a hell of numerous analysis! Even simply researching gardening brings me a lot pleasure. 

I knew I actually wished to plant a vegetable backyard after studying Ikigai: The Japanese artwork to a protracted and blissful life. One of many causes Japanese individuals are believed to be blissful and reside longer lives is as a result of lots of them are likely to their very own vegetable gardens. Even very outdated individuals have vegetable gardens and it’s thought that the mixture of mild train, wholesome veggies, homegrown produce, being outdoor, being sociable, feeling productive and having a objective every day is what contributes in the direction of an extended life. Now if that doesn’t sound like a cause to have a veggie plot, I don’t know what’s!

Earlier than lockdown started I might purchase one thing virtually on a regular basis by way of Amazon Prime or another on-line website. As quickly as I assumed, ‘Oh, I want a kind of!’ I might have ordered it and have it delivered inside 24 hours. I barely ever stopped to consider whether or not I actually wanted it or not.

However throughout lockdown I misplaced most of my work so I needed to be cautious about spending and I barely shopped on-line (apart from meals) in any respect.

And have you learnt what? The world hasn’t ended and I’ve realised I don’t want half the issues I assumed I wanted to be immediately delivered to my door!

#9. I’ve learnt to do on-line meals retailers

Pre-lockdown I couldn’t get my head round on-line meals procuring. I attempted a number of occasions however it took me so lengthy and I forgot virtually every thing so I discovered it a lot simpler to simply drive to the retailers! However now I’m a web based meals procuring ninja. I meal-plan and every thing!

#10. I’ve learnt I can do quite a bit lower than I assumed

Contradicting what I stated about liking to be busy, I’ve learnt that I don’t have to do every thing. I’ve barely labored for a yr and my enterprise hasn’t fallen aside utterly and I’ve realised that each single family chore can wait till I’m able to do it. I don’t at all times have to rush round like a headless hen as a result of nobody cares if I modify the beds at present, tomorrow or subsequent week.

#11. I’ve learnt to share my messy, bizarre, imperfect world

Pre-lockdown I didn’t actually share a lot on-line about my life at dwelling. I used to be at all times busy sharing my travels – travels that have been completely deliberate and organised and every photograph was staged and perfected.

I didn’t share my dwelling life as a result of I feared it will be boring, messy and imperfect, however sharing my on a regular basis life has been such a turning level for me as a blogger. It’s great for me to share these on a regular basis moments and discover individuals who can relate or assist or share one thing related. And my on a regular basis posts get far more views and a lot extra engagement as a result of it’s all one thing that individuals can relate to.

I shared a submit final week about my backyard and it’s had far more views that lots of my journey posts ever did! And I’ve been chatting on-line about making bin juice and extra individuals are chatting to me about that than any vacation!

#12. I’ve learnt that extreme organising helps me really feel calm – and that’s OK!

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My Filofax at all times comes out after I’m feeling pressured!

It took me a very very long time to recognise this. And even longer to embrace it!

I’m going by phases the place I’ve an awesome urge to declutter and tidy and organise. I normally get a brand new planner and write lists and mark dates and…typically try to get actually organised. 

Throughout lockdown I realised that I do that after I really feel uncontrolled.

It’s like nesting for an expectant mom. Earlier than a child arrives you usually need to tidy and clear and organise in preparation on your new child arriving, however it additionally provides you a sense of management throughout a state of affairs you haven’t any management over!

#13. We nonetheless reside in a really racist world

Amongst all the web chat about lockdown and Coronavirus, there was numerous on-line chat about racism. And I’ll maintain my fingers up and admit that it wasn’t way back that I assumed the world wasn’t actually that racist anymore. I assumed that as a result of I’m not racist, different individuals weren’t both.

It’s an uncomfortable fact however we nonetheless reside in a really racist world that’s dominated by white individuals. Social media is an unimaginable platform giving marginalised individuals a voice and it’s our accountability to hear and take motion.

#14. I’ve learnt to search out an id that didn’t revolve round journey

My life has revolved round journey ever since I left to go backpacking as a fresh-faced 21 yr outdated. It was my passion, my love and my profession and every thing I did revolved round journey.

After which journey was pulled away from me and I had an actual id disaster. Who was I if I wasn’t a traveller?

It was a troublesome time however I not really feel like journey defines who I’m as an individual. I imply, I nonetheless do not know who I’m as an individual, however I do know it doesn’t 100% revolve round journey. I’ve discovered different hobbies and issues to occupy my thoughts. I’ve discovered work that isn’t journey associated and I can see how my life will progress is journey isn’t on the centre of every thing I do.

I’m certain we’ve all spent manner an excessive amount of time scrolling by social media over the previous yr. I rapidly realised that some accounts made me really feel actually shitty whereas different accounts gave me an on the spot enhance of pleasure. 

I do know everybody involves social media for various issues however throughout lockdown I’ve used it to fill that void that I misplaced by face-to-face interactions. I’ve cherished following individuals who overshare and appear genuine and sincere on-line. It looks like a pal sharing snippets from their every day lives and I actually wanted that in among the lonely months of lockdown.

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