If we’re going to be honest, the lockdowns of 2020 at first felt like a bit of a prison sentence, didn’t they? The daily freedoms and routines we so readily took for granted were suddenly under the direction of others with new limitations and rules. It was funny though – it didn’t take long for us to realise our freedom was in fact, found in how we react. This change in our perspective allowed us to see possibilities, not limitations.
2020, and some of 2021 so far has taught us that lockdowns can be seen as an unexpected break from our daily life routines; moments in time that are perhaps a gift designed to teach us some of the lessons we’ve forgotten in the craziness of modern life. While lockdown experiences were different for everyone, here are our top three lessons that emerged for us.
It’s impossible to look past this and acknowledge how fortunate we are to have our health, shelter and food. To build gratitude into our daily routine we started a gratitude jar where everyone in the family contributed one thing they’re grateful for every day to help us stay focused on the positive. Even more than that, on days we were feeling blue [and let’s face it, there were plenty] we read through the notes to re-adjust our attitude and remember the good things.
2. SLOWER PACE OF LIFE
Slowing down has been a celebration of the simple pleasures in our household. Spending more time as a family, creating nourishing meals and enjoying the sunshine on our face whenever possible. In fact, we’ve been tapping into the Danish way of life ‘Hygge’. Considering Denmark in one of the happiest countries in the world it makes sense to adopt some of their philosophies particularly as hygge conveniently begins in the home. Think comfort, warmth and togetherness. Check out The Little Book of Hygge if you want to find out more.
3. DECENT PJS ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE
We’ve never needed much convincing to stay in our PJs [cue swapping day Pjs for night Pjs] but we do believe that feeling good on the inside often comes from looking good on the outside. I think we can all agree that comfort (and a ready supply of good snacks) was key for surviving each lockdown – and wearing PJs that you’re not embarrassed to answer the door in was definitely preferred!
What we’ve been living in:
We’re not going to pretend it has all been easy. Teachers deserve a pay-rise, hair dye from the supermarket requires more skill than we thought (!) and cocktails definitely taste better made by a Mixologist. However, what we WILL take with us into the future, is a deeper appreciation, for everything we have and the freedoms we enjoy.
Here’s to a healthy, more predictable 2021 and a newfound love of family Pyjama Days, whatever the circumstances. x