Why lockdown is upsetting us?
I know that most of the people are upset because of Coronavirus Pandemic and lockdown. Of course, I’m also one of those people. I did not expect it will affect my mental health but it does. I’m upset because I’m not able to see my family. Last time I was in Poland to see my loved ones 6 months ago. I should be there in March but we know it wasn’t possible. Our flight from July was cancelled as well so we do not know when we will see our family and friends. I know that it’s not the biggest issue especially when we think about all those people who lost their lives. The numbers of deaths and infections worldwide go up so quickly it is hard to count and accept. Also, for people who have lost their jobs, businesses it’s a very difficult time.
Can we stay positive during the lockdown?
All that lockdown, restrictions, and being forced to stay at home have an impact on every person I know. It forced us to rethink how we live and what we expect from the world. It changed our vision for the future. But there are things that keep us all alive and not in the worst mental state. While the coronavirus pandemic can be deeply stressful, it also teaches us that we should not take things for granted. To stay positive in this difficult time I decided to write down 5 things I’m grateful for during this lockdown. I hope that those five things will change my and my family’s life for the better.
#1 More time for family
Family in the first place. You probably will think that it’s obvious. But to be honest, before that pandemic did you spend a lot of quality time with your kids and another half? How many times did you say ‘Not now honey I have to finish something for work/I need to clean a house/cook a diner’? This time I’m sure it was different. I cherished every moment we’ve spent together because I know that soon it will finish and again we will be busy and we will be wishing to slow down again.
#2 Saving money
During the lockdown, we do our shopping every two weeks. And we are trying to not go out to supermarkets but we do it online. So, we just buy essentials, things we need to cook meals for two weeks, and some personal hygiene products. We are not spending money on buying things we don’t need kike before. We saw something in the sale and we were like ‘Oh I need to have it’. Because of that, we were able to save more money for a new computer and other things like next year summer holiday.
#3 Time for being more active
I love to be active and do exercises. But after 12 hours at work, I was too tired to move my ass. Now I’m working every day and it makes me feel happier and healthier. Even my son starts to make some exercises. OK maybe exercises it’s a too big word but he really tries and he is so cute when he pretends to know what to do with elastic bands.
#4 Time for crafting and DIY
We did so many experiments with our son, DIY projects like his playhouse or crafting from toilet rolls, we learned how to use paper mache technique. We discovered that if we want to make something there are no limits. We were even able to make homemade chalk using only three ingredients from our kitchen.
#5 Hygiene, hygiene and once more time hygiene
Finally, our son learns why he needs to wash his hands every time he is using the toiler or coming back from a walk. He is so good now in it that he is asking us if we wash our hands and try to teaches us why we supposed to do that.
I’m also happy to see how our communities can work together to make better things. We can unite to protect people’s lives and to protect the NHS. Nobody likes to be in lockdown but we did it and not only for our own good but also for other people. Our society is different now. We are stronger and it shows us we can survive together even a horrible pandemic.
It will not go on forever. Stay safe and well. Remember that after every storm there is a rainbow.