Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Changing For The Better: Lockdown Habits To Keep

Written by Emily Taylor
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Lockdown restrictions are finally easing, which means we can look forward to embracing some form of new normality.

Meeting friends and visiting relatives, shopping in physical stores, and treating ourselves to a much-needed hair and beauty treatment - we have all this (and more) to look forward to.

But as we rush towards this highly anticipated familiarity and leave memories of lockdown behind, there might be some habits and personal behaviours we shouldn’t be too keen to let go of. Here we’ll explore 5 lockdown habits you should keep once restrictions are lifted.

Sanitizing Your Hands

We’ve never been more conscious of keeping our hands germ free! And despite lockdown restrictions easing, we should continue to do our bit and reduce the spread of infection. Sanitizing your hands regularly will not only reduce the spread of Covid but also keep nasty illnesses such as E. Coli, Salmonella and even the flu at bay. Continue the habit of keeping a bottle of hand sanitising gel or spray in your bag – you can get hand sanitizer spray from Purdy & Figg here, just click the link – and you can use it every time you’re on public transport, have been in a public place, visited relatives or when there is no soap and water available.

Spending Time on Your Hobbies

There’s nothing more rewarding than spending time doing the things we enjoy. And during lockdown, many of us have embraced hobbies we’d previously neglected or found a new interest that has captured our imaginations. Now that lockdown restrictions are easing and normal life is resuming, don’t be tempted to shelve the hobbies you love. Continue on your journey of enjoyment and you’ll not only be placing value on your own personal development, but also prioritizing your mental health.

Regular Exercise

The closure of gyms and access to PT sessions meant that many of us were made more conscious of our health and fitness levels, so we took matters into our hands. We went on daily walks, we jogged, we followed online fitness videos, we purchased gym equipment and moved more! Now that restrictions are lifting, continue to put your fitness first and remain active. Keep those daily walks in your calendar and don’t let those dumbbells get dusty!

Be Kind

The last 12 months have highlighted how kind we can be to one another when things get tough. Just because restrictions are easing, doesn’t mean that this has to stop. Whether you want to support local businesses or help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour with their shopping and errands, make conversations with people, and do what you can to help those less fortunate than yourself. You’ll feel incredible and make a real difference in other people's lives.

And Finally, Valuing Relationships

Modern life is incredibly fast-paced, which means that things like family events and relationships often take a backseat. If the last 12 months have taught us anything, it’s to value the connections we have with others and not take anything for granted. You may have called your grandparents every week during lockdown or enjoyed a Friday night quiz with your friends via Zoom, however you’ve nurtured your relationships this year, keep going – you’ll be so glad you did.