Being in a situation that we have never been in before is eye opening. Here are some things, from the serious to the silly, that we have learnt during lockdown.
People really pull together in times of need
We’ve seen cases of this in the past, but the COVID-19 outbreak and everything it brought with it has pulled the nation together like never before. From clapping on our doorsteps every Thursday night to show our appreciation for the NHS and frontline workers to helping raise almost £30 million with Captain Tom Moore, the UK have gone above and beyond to support each other in a number of ways. Many companies and manufacturers, from the small to the large, have halted usual business to make much needed PPE equipment for those who urgently need it during this time. Many have been fundraising for NHS Charities Together including the 5K challenge which encouraged us not only donate to the fantastic cause but to get active by running 5K. It also cannot be forgotten how supermarkets have opened stores specifically for the elderly, vulnerable and for NHS workers at given times of the week in order to ensure they have everything they need.
Our health should always be a priority
There’s nothing like a global pandemic to make people pay attention to their health and practise more ways in which to prevent becoming ill. Perhaps this will be an eye opener and a lesson for us all going forward that taking care to wash our hands properly and disinfecting our houses regularly is more important than we might think. There also seems to be an increase in people ensuring that they are exercising daily, whether that be with workouts at home or by going for a walk/run. There are many of us who may have gone weeks without properly taking the time to exercise in our normal routines, but now we are. Let’s all try and continue with this when lockdown is over!
The power of the internet and the media
We are living in circumstances that have never occurred before. The way information can be spread around the world within a matter of moments is amazing and has been a way to keep up with facts, statistics, information and rules during COVID-19, not only from our own Government but in keeping up to date with what is happening globally. In this unusual circumstance, many of us are fortunate enough to be able to work from home using modern technology which is fantastic and I’m sure has kept many industries afloat during this time. Those placed in the categories of being vulnerable or high-risk during the pandemic cannot leave their homes even to go to the supermarket, so the ability to order food online and have it delivered to their doors is marvellous.
Without the power of the media spreading stories such as Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts, he would not have been able to raise anywhere near as much has he has done for NHS Charities Together. Social media has an ability to reach all corners of the globe and we may sometimes overlook the benefits of this. Perhaps most importantly of all, technology and the internet are the reason that so many of us can stay in close contact with our friends and family when we not able to physically go and see them. We should all be thankful that we have the opportunity to easily use video conferencing, WiFi calling and social media platforms to keep in daily contact with our loved ones whom, without this, we may not have been able to properly contact for months.
It’s more possible to exercise without a gym than we thought
As mentioned earlier, there seems to be a huge increase in home workouts now that gyms and sports centres are closed. We have seen wine bottles and tins of beans being used as weights and tables and chairs used as gym equipment, highlighting that anyone really can exercise from home without the need for special equipment. There is so much content online and on social media showing us different exercises that we can do ourselves at home, so the question is… do we even need to return to the gym when this is over?
There are plenty of things to do to entertain us at home
Lockdown has meant that we’ve been digging out board games, the Nintendo Wii, karaoke machines and colouring books which we may have forgotten we even had upstairs on the shelf. Gardening, baking, cooking, crafts, games, reading, online courses… there really are plenty of fun things that we can do without having to leave our own homes!
Our house will never be this clean again!
Time is our friend and spending almost all of our time at home means a 20-minute tidy up twice a day when we don’t now have a commute is hardly any time in our emptier schedules but does wonders for our houses. The only sad part about this is that we know when life returns to normal, so will the state of our houses!
We hope that everyone is staying safe and is able to try and make the most of the being in lockdown.
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