If you had told me a few months ago that the gym, cocktail bars and restaurants were going to be closed for weeks I would have come out in hives and demanded to know who your drug dealer was.
Yet here we are, about to start another week of lockdown in the UK and whilst it has taken a little time to adjust, I am happy to hold my hands up and proclaim that I am actually enjoying being at home. I have been very compliant, standing respectfully in the queue for the supermarket (I recommend taking a book!) and keeping a safe distance whilst nipping out for my 90-minute government-approved exercise. One thing I have discovered about myself is that as long as I get a daily dose of fresh air in the park I seem to manage just fine.
I don’t know about you but it has also been lovely to reconnect with my apartment, given the usual hustle and bustle of work and daily life.
And this daily life has somewhat morphed into a new kind, previously I would nip out the office for a coffee or visit a colleague on another floor for a quick break but these breaks now consist of jumping on my bike for a quick spin class or rolling out the yoga mat for a HIIT class. My spare time has been consumed with fitness which I could never have imagined possible. Just who have I turned into?! I am suddenly a fitness freak who goes to bed every night accompanied by heavy legs and a massive bout of DOMS. But hey, things could be worse!These few weeks have shifted my mindset. Normal life as was, felt like I was in a tornado, occasionally stopping to see what was in front of me and crashing at the end of the day. And now, whilst undertaking a journey of initially coping with isolation, I found myself able to slow down and actually see what was around me, feeling grateful for some of the basics. I mean, imagine no hot water, electricity, internet or god forbid Netflix at a time like this! And whilst I can sometimes feel stressed with my workload, I have never been more grateful for my work and the virtual hustle and bustle.
I now have time. Time to do whatever I want to, within the confinement of my own home of course. When else would we find this kind of space to just think, have the opportunity for self-improvement, or even just a chance to relax.I initially started out with a list of things I wanted to achieve in this lockdown period but all that did was add more stress to my day. I could feel the guilt rising for not crossing things off! I realised I was making life much harder than it needed to be. I want to remember this period in history, knowing I played my part in staying home, where I allowed my creativity to do its thing and I didn’t authorise my to-do list to make the weeks flash by without enjoying them.
Some of my achievements so far have taken me back to basics and for that I am grateful.
Here is a snapshot of the last 6 weeks:
- I have kept Amazon Kindle Unlimited busy, I’m on 10 books to date!
- Thanks to Peleton and YourZone, I exercise three times a day
- A daily dose of meditation each morning sets me up for the day, I recommend Fitbit Breathe
- I take time to make breakfast, lunch and dinner (including Dim Sum and banana bread!)
- I now have a seven-star snooze, my sleep has improved with a minimum of 7 hours a day
- I ran 10km for the first time in years
- I have been practising Italian again
- I cleaned the oven and microwave – that’s a job and a half I tell you!
- I treated myself to afternoon tea