I was sitting in my room the other day and I began thinking about lockdown. How much I have learnt or how I have changed as a person from being in lockdown. But also the lifestyle changes I want to take with me and continue when lockdown is over.
I think this lockdown has been eye opening, crazy, confusing and full of emotion. It is something that we have never experienced before (well most of us). So I think we should be proud of how we have all managed, because it is hard and emotional and we have done so well. We are doing the best we can.
Anyway, I thought I would share 5 things I have learnt during lockdown with you. So let’s get into them…
I need a new job
I mean I pretty much already knew this, I did state it in my 2020 goals but having this time away from my job has confirmed how much negativity it was bringing to my life. I feel much more energetic, positive and just my mental health has been thriving being at home (as much as it has been difficult being away from family and friends). Therefore, grinding for that new job is so important for me.
How important people are
I love the community that has grown out of this. Especially my blogger friends/people around me! Everyone is so supportive and lovely and we are all in this together so it has been nice to go through this with everyone. Also how important my family and friends are, how much I adore them and as useless as I am at messaging just checking up on everyone. Social interaction in whatever form is important.
Gratitude for my body
The first time in my life I finally feel confident and I am beginning to truly give my body a break. It carries me through a run or a workout and is strong. I should always give it more credit. It can take me on a walk and it helps me to live. For that it deserves to be appreciated more, regardless of the size! It deserves to be loved everyday and for me to show it that love, and shower it in compliments. You get one body so you may as well love it!
I think this confidence has also reflected into me seeing myself without make-up pretty much everyday (give or take a couple). This has made me love myself without make-up more.
How important self-care and well-being is
When you are working constantly you start to forget about the importance of looking after yourself. Even though I stated at the beginning of the year the self-care habits I wanted to implement, you do start to neglect those small things of having a bath, doing that face mask, taking a step back to concentrate on yourself for a while. You begin to become a robot, waking up going to work, eating, sleep and then do that again (which I know sounds similar to lockdown).
However, during lockdown I have implemented self-care into my lifestyle again to really focus on my well-being and health and yes it does make a whole difference. Even taking a couple of nights a week to focus solely on yourself is beneficial. I have been using some great skincare products in my morning and just having that whole routine has been helping me a lot as well.
Stop putting pressure on myself
This is something for me to continue working on but I am learning that it is so OK to just not do all my goals some days. Some days will be productive and great, and others will be the opposite, and that is fine. As someone that loves to be doing something 24/7 and I cannot sit still, it was difficult at first when lockdown began. I constantly kept telling myself I needed to be doing something for my life to have purpose. However, I began to start putting less pressure on myself and this helped me more in my motivation levels and productivity. I also found I enjoyed the task I was doing more because there was no pressure for me to do it.
Anyway there are a lot of things I have learnt but these are just some top ones I wanted to share!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Also let me know anything you have learnt during this lockdown?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x