While we’re all looking forward to life getting back to normal after this period of lockdown, whatever normal will be in the future, now is also a good time to reflect on our experiences during this time. Without a doubt, it has been a trying time for many people with lots of people trying to juggle family life and work, others struggling because of a lack of space, some facing more important challenges concerning health, loss of your job, or a reduction in income.
However good things have come from our lockdown experiences too. The weather has thankfully been kind to us and overall there has been a concerted and shared effort by everyone to stay at home and flatten the curve. Many people have changed their way of living, and we would like to reflect on a few of these good habits that hopefully will be brought forward into the “new normal”.
Apart from our heroes in the health service and supporting industries who have been flat out during the lockdown period, many of us have had more time on our hands. Work has not been as busy and commuting time has been saved each day. This has resulted in more time with the family – schooling and working together, coming up with imaginative ideas to fill the day and more time spent playing games together and generally mucking about together.
Many of these times are the ones that will linger in the mind long after all of this is over. Appreciate this time and try not to fall back completely into the world of work when all of this is over. Your kids
may have seen a new fun and inventive side of you that had been a bit hidden before. Bring it forwards with you into life after lockdown.
For some of us, getting out for that walk or run every day has been our escape from the mad house! It has become that moment of quiet reflection that you really look forward to every day. Don’t slip back into the grind of “bed to work to home to bed” when all of this is over. Don’t give up the enjoyment and positive feelings and energy you have experienced from exercising over the last few weeks. Build it into the structure of your day.
Many people have been impacted financially by the Covid-19 situation on the income side of their personal balance sheet. This is a challenge facing many families going forwards, and one we are happy to advise you about if we can help in any way.
However, there has been good news on the other side of your balance sheet. Most people have been spending far less than before. Because of the lockdown, we have all cut right back on impulse spending – not buying all those takeaway coffees every day, making lunches at home rather than lazily buying a sandwich. Some people have remarked how they are saving hundreds of euros each month through cutting out fairly worthless impulse purchases. Cut these out in the future, and there is your holiday
paid for next year – now all you need is for airlines to start flying again!
The last few weeks have been hard for everyone. But don’t leave the good stuff behind.