Lessons learnt in lockdown

This post is coming a little late, but as most of you probably know, the UK is currently easing out of lockdown. With shops, gyms, and restaurants now open, there is a sense of normality returning. However, with this, it’s had me thinking about my time spent in lockdown and what I’ve really learned about myself. As I’m sure a lot of you can agree, this turbulent time has been transformative so I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt during this time in lockdown.

BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR HEALTH

I think all of us have really taken our health for granted before this pandemic. To see the devasting effect this has had on thousands and thousands of lives really makes you see the bigger picture. I know it’s definitely taught me to be grateful for each day but also how quickly someone’s life can change.

I SHOULD HAVE GONE SELF HOSTED WAY SOONER

Going self-hosted was perhaps one of the best things I have done during my time in lockdown. It was a huge achievement for me to take the next step in my blog and to be completely honest, I’m super proud of myself. When I initially went self-hosted, I had a huge motivation for my blog and I still have it now. I love that I now love my blog, and I finally feel like I’ve found my feet in this little community.

YOUR GRADES AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS DON’T MATTER THAT MUCH

Before Covid came, exams consumed all of my thoughts. My A-Levels seemed to be the be all and end all. But the real picture is that they really don’t matter that much. Sure you should try your best and work towards your goals, but there is more to life than exams. Your health matters more and you should never sacrifice that for exams.

I LOVE BEING ALONE

I knew I was quite an independent person, but I really didn’t know how much. Being alone is when I am at my peak. I don’t know what it is but time spent alone is so good for me. Of course I love spending time with my family and friends, but I am totally okay with being alone too. I love being in my own thoughts and working on myself. Although I don’t want to be alone all the time for the rest of my life, I now know how to value my independence.

GAINING WEIGHT IS OKAY

One of my biggest realisations in lockdown and something I’ve become so comfortable with, my weight. What used to be a huge insecurity of mine is now something I’m learning to love and accept each and everyday. Obviously with lockdown, more time spent at home, it was inevitable that I would gain a little extra weight. But that is completely okay. The realisation even encouraged me to speak about it on my blog and it turns out I am so passionate about body positivity. It is now something I love to talk about and will continue to do for years to come.

I’M SCARED OF TAKING RISKS

Being the biggest overthinker, taking risks scares me massively. I’m scared of speaking my truth, admitting my passions and taking the plunge to make my dreams come true. It’s something I’m working on. I have big dreams, but something inside tells me not to say them because of the judgement I might face or the fact I might fail. But I want those dreams to come true, so I really need to work on myself to make it happen for me.

I NEED A ROUTINE

Waking up each day and not having anything that needs to be done freaks me out, there are just too many options. I think that’s why my blog and job has been so good for me during this time. It’s given me a focus and a routine. But apart from that, there hasn’t been much more consistency in my days. And I love a routine. I love a to-do list and pattern.

EDUCATION IS POWER

The privellege to be educated and then to do something with that is a power I didn’t know I had. To learn about others struggles and challenges faced is something I think everyone should be exposed to. We as people have power to educate ourself and create a greater understanding of the world around us. With so many injustices still taking place in 2020, I’ve definitely learnt that knowledge is power. And that I should be doing more to create an understanding and to encourage change in the world around me.

DON’T TAKE FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR GRANTED

We don’t know how long people are going to be around for, so don’t take them for granted. Check on people, help them, support them. I’ve seen first hand how quickly someone can be taken from you and it only makes you realise all of the times you’ve taken your loved ones for granted. I’m grateful for my family and friends and everything they do for me. It’s something I should definitely think about me.

THE MORNINGS ARE THE BEST TIME OF DAY

Argue with me as much as you like, but you will never change my mind. Although evenings are a close second, the morning is the best time of day. And I love the mornings. For slow walks, ticking off the to-do list and taking some time for myself. The mornings really are the best time of day.

I’M ACTUALLY QUITE A LAZY PERSON

I used to pride myself on being a super motivated person, a proper hard worker. Truth is, I’m actually super lazy. Although I’m kind of ashamed to say it, lockdown has really made me lazy. I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I had intended to do. Now, I’m totally okay with it, because maybe I needed that time to regain the motivation, but a couple of weeks I was in so much regret. I think it’s also because seeing so many people flex their lockdown business or their incredible fitness transformation, I was a little disheartened to realise that I hadn’t achieved much in this. Like I said though, I’m completely okay with that now because my time will come.

EACH DAY IS A BLESSING

I’m returning back to being grateful for the things in life, because I really think it’s something I wasn’t doing before lockdown. But each day is a blessing. No matter how bad your day might have been or how hopeless you feel, your alive and that is a blessing. To wake up every morning is now something I’m grateful for. It’s definitely given me a new sense of motivation to realise that each day I have the opportunity to live it how I like, and that is something I’m grateful for.

TIKTOK IS ADDICTIVE

I think we’ve all reached this point in lockdown. Being so close to deleting Tiktok but not because it is so flipping’ addictive. I’m sure we’ve all spent a little too much time on there, but who hasn’t? right? It’s actually such a cool app and I really think that there is something for everyone on there. It is just something I could spend way too long scrolling through.

SMALL GESTURES CAN TRANSFORM SOMEONE’S LIFE

Seeing so many people’s lives transform through lockdown, for the better or worst, it has made me realise how small gestures can change someone’s day. Whether that is supporting a small business struggling in the pandemic or showing your appreciation for the key workers, it can really make someone’s day. It’s something I encourage you all to do, if you haven’t already. Spread a little love and support those who may need it during this time.

I’d love to know what you have learnt during lockdown in the comments below. Although it’s been a difficult time for many, I hope we’ve all learnt something that we can carry forward to make the world a slightly better place!
Lots of love,
Grace xx

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