At long last!
The lockdown restrictions have been loosened!
They haven’t gone away completely…
And we still can’t relegate the whole Covid-19 calamity to the annals of History…
(More’s the pity!)
However, our schools and shops are gradually opening up and we can only live in hope that, before too long, we will slip back into our old habits and life will return to the old normal. 😬🤞
In the meantime, I have resolved to focus less on the negative aspects of the past three months in lockdown (despite the fact that I could quite easily rant for days on those! 😉).
Instead, I would like to lift all our spirits by highlighting the silver lining in the Covid clouds…
Or, in other words, my top five surprisingly positive takeaways from the past three months…
So, without further fanfare, let’s dive in! ☺️
1. Some things matter more than others
I might be taking on the role of Captain Obvious here, but stressful situations really do help us to get our priorities straight.
When life is going swimmingly, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the rat race of life, wasting time chasing our tails until we realise (usually when it’s too late) that we have lost out on precious time that could have been better spent nurturing our relationships with our friends and extended families.
Conversely, the recent pandemic has caused a lot of us to sit up and realise that we are not immortal, life is all too often cut prematurely short for some of us. 😨
So, rather than regret what could have been, we should literally ”seize the day” and live every moment as if it were our last! 💕
2. I’m more of an extrovert than I thought
Regular readers will know from some of my previous blog posts, such as How to Survive as an Introvert… In a World of Extroverts! and How to Survive Self-Isolation – 3 Top Tips, that I would have positioned myself on the introvert end of the social scale.
I prefer quiet nights in to going out.
I need time to ”decompress” after a hectic social schedule.
I find small talk stressful.
Classic introvert, right?
I would’ve thought so until a week or so into lockdown when I had had enough of it all already.
I craved a few hours out with my (small ☺️) group of friends.
Zoom meetings were just not doing it for me.
It was even more awkward than the worst ”small talk” situation you can think of…
(If that is even possible! 😬)
I needed my extended family, I needed friends, I needed physical playdates for the kids…
And then it dawned on me…
I’m not an all-out introvert after all!
Could I even be bordering on the extrovert?
(I think! 😬)
3. Life is too short to suffer from health anxiety
Pre-lockdown, I would have been classified by some (well, the hubby, mostly!) as a tad neurotic!
If I read a list of symptoms for some random disease, a few minutes or hours later I would, without fail, experience at least most of those symptoms and diagnose myself with said disease. 😱
The most extreme hypochondriac had nothing on me!
In my (not so short 😳) lifetime, I have quite possibly convinced myself that I, at one time or another, was suffering from most diseases known to mankind!
Then, along came Covid-19…
And with symptoms ranging from mild, to severe flu-like, to none at all…
The dreaded asymptomatic cases… 😱
I almost certainly had it!
The overwhelming fear, the dread, the horror…
Until weeks passed, and I, and all those I could have reasonably contaminated, appeared to have survived!
The clouds cleared…
I had a good sleep… 😴
After all, anxiety is exhausting! 😉
And I decided dying might actually be preferable to living in a heightened germaphobic state!
Covid can actually cure hypochondria! 😉
Maybe, somebody should patent it…
4. Sometimes it’s best to take a break from the news
Pre-lockdown, I liked to keep my finger on the pulse.
A little news bulletin here…
An online news report there…
It’s important to keep abreast of world events, isn’t it?
Otherwise, World War III could break out and I’d be left in the dark about it all…
What a nightmare! 😱
Well, pre-Covid, that scenario might have seemed plausible!
Post-Covid, and taking into to account all the doom and gloom news reports that have saturated our airwaves over the past few months, I am now of the opinion that being left in the dark might not be such a bad thing after all…
There are definitely times when ignorance is bliss! 😉
5. I can live without Primark (but I don’t really want to!)
Call me superficial but if I missed one thing from three months in lockdown, it was definitely a spot of retail therapy at Primark!
(And especially considering the fact that most of my internet buys have yet to arrive, and of the ones that did, most had to be returned…😡)
All the shiny things….
All the glittery things…
All those happy things…
Convincing myself that £1 plus £1 plus £1 adds up to £3…
When in reality it all somehow adds up to £30, or more… gulp! 😱
Oh, how I missed it all to the point that…
I was actually happy to wait in line when my local store finally, cautiously, opened its doors last Monday!
Not everyone would agree, but as far as I’m concerned…
A little retail therapy never hurt anyone!
And if it ever does, I will, of course, keep you all posted! 😉
Until next time, my dear readers,
💋 Mostly Mum
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