I have to admit, being in lockdown for 2 months during the COVID-19 outbreak has taught me a lot. At a time where life seemed to be moving so fast, always being busy, we have been forced out of our routines & to deal with something that we never thought we would ever have to deal with.
It’s been a difficult time for everyone. Having to adjust to the “new normal” was difficult for everyone. Now that we are on our way out of this craziness, I’ve done some reflection.
This time has taught me a lot of valuable lessons. While I wish these lessons didn’t have to happen due to a global pandemic, my perception of daily life has been shifted. Things that used to matter to me, don’t matter anymore & things that I never paid much attention to are getting my greatest gratitude.
You can also check out my other posts on getting through quarantine & abrupt changes in you lifestyle: Self Care & Activities During Quarantine, Staying on track while stuck at home during quarantine, My Morning Routine During Quarantine, Tips for working from home, How to Handle Stress & Overwhelm, What 2020 taught me
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Not to be so rigid with my routines
I am a very routine-oriented person. Always have been, probably always will be. I rely so much on my routine that when I get knocked out out my routine, it’s really hard to get back.
Like everyone else, my routines had to be shifted. I was no longer able to go to the gym in the morning, work on my own schedule at home by myself, free to run errands when I wanted without much hassle.
At first, it was really hard. But, after some time I realized that maybe it’s a good thing that I was forced out of my routine so that I can experience other things. Do I prefer my routine? Yes, of course. But, I am now understanding that I don’t have to be so rigid. That I am completely capable of functioning without being strictly in that routine.
I learned that I am now able to get in a workout at home in the afternoon if I can’t go to the gym in the morning or feel like I need to sleep in. Before, I was in the mindset that if I don’t workout early in the morning, there is no way that a workout is going to happen at all.
Related: How/ Why I Go To The Gym At 5AM, 3 Tips for Early Morning Workouts
Appreciation for the little things
There are so many things that I have realized that I took advantage of, not even realizing how much I should be appreciating them.
- going to the gym
- running errands
- toilet paper (lol)
- going out to dinner
- hanging out with friends/family
- being able to be face-to-face with someone
- getting my hair cut
These things that I once thought were no big deal are now something that I cherish. Since it’s all been taken away for a period of time, it carries so much meaning. So many things to be grateful for.
I’m simply just appreciating all of the little things that I am now realizing mean so much. There’s nothing more powerful.
Most people are good
Despite all the bad news we’ve been hearing and are used to hearing, I’ve heard some of the most amazing stories.
Usually when you turn on the news, it’s full of bad news. But, I’ve heard amazing stories of people going out of their way to help others who are struggling, people are getting creative to make sure that birthdays and other celebrations are special. People are just going above & beyond to make sure that they are doing what they can to make sure everyone gets through this time.
During a time when things feel so crazy, odd, out of control- things have slowed down. Even though it’s uncomfortable, maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s necessary. Maybe this time to get knocked out of our routine and into uncomfortable situations is what we needed.
I’m hoping that when things start getting back to normal, we all start enjoying the little things in life. For the little things are what makes life so amazing.
What has this unprecedented time taught you?!
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