“Most of the time we spent too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important” – Stephen Covey
Lockdown has taught me that a slower life is a better life. Since lockdown began, I have made time for pleasurable activities that would never have come to pass otherwise. I have been far more mindful too. Luckily, I spent lockdown in the Surrey countryside and living a slower life gave me the opportunity to notice nature flourishing around me.
It started with the pheasants visiting. One male and a few females – quite a stud. Over time, many of the males were hopping along after being in fights with other males. Not ideal but at least we were feeding them to keep up their energy. Then the local swan family produced four cygnets and that was wonderful to see. I would never have noticed nature around me had it not been for the extra time on my hands.
I have also had more time to take care of myself. In some ways I look a bit scraggy as my roots are showing and I am in desperate need of a hairdresser but in other ways I feel well. I have had more time to focus on eating well instead of munching on microwave meals and have even fitted exercise into my week.
Lockdown has taught me that living a life that isn’t dominated by a busy to-do list has been incredibly satisfying.
Lockdown has also taught me that being at home for too long can peak my frustrations and has caused a few issue with my partner. he hasn’t been working (he is a pilot) and the two of us together incessantly has challenged us both. There has been subtle out downs and sarcasm but nothing that has created too much trouble.
Having said that, I am moving out this week but that is mainly due to a home extension being carried out and my need to escape the dust. I am allergic to dust and it exacerbates my asthma.
I hope that when lockdown ends, I will be able to still continue being aware of nature around me and will find time for painting. I love painting because it clears my mind of my worries and keeps me focused in the present mind – perfect!
I hope that as restrictions ease, you will keep in mind any lessons you have learned from lockdown – the good and the bad. I have been amazed at how resililient and adaptable people can be.
More about my experiences of depression: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/depression-my-friend-never-lectured-me-she-listened