People share how lockdown has changed their life for the betterApril 20, 2020
It’s now been over three weeks since the government announced the initial lockdown, which has now been extended for at least another three weeks. Self-isolation has its downsides; some of us are struggling to sleep due to vivid coronavirus dreams, others are feeling as if they have no time to do anything despite doing nothing and some of us are climbing the walls after for our daily exercise walk, out of boredom and loneliness. Add to that the COVID-19 deaths, and it’s, to be frank, a pretty tough time right now. Despite its gloomy appearance, lockdown has brought positive change, too, as people have more time to do what they love, change their habits and explore new hobbies.
We asked 10 people to tell us how lockdown has changed their life for the better, and what they’ll continue doing once everything goes back to normal.
From cutting down on alcohol to spending more time in nature and more, here’s what they told us.
Tayla, 20, from north London
‘Prior to lockdown, I would make my way to a local bar every Thursday (£1.50 drinks, it was pretty hard to resist) and attend an event almost every the weekend, where 90% of the time I would be drinking. ‘Looking back now, I realise that it was a waste of my money and, in some ways, time. ‘Since I have been home alone I haven’t felt the urge to pick up a drink in the same way that I would have before. There have only been two occasions where I have drunk alcohol; my friend left some on my doorstep and one of the quizzes I took part in “required” it.
‘But honestly, now I would rather avoid it as I have become a lot more comfortable in my own company. ‘Lockdown has made me take a step back and realise what is really important to me, and alcohol isn’t.’
Binny, 37, from London
‘Mine has been the way I do my food shop – veg and fruit boxes and milk from a milkman. ‘It’s something I will continue with post-lockdown as we’ve noticed the quality and flavour of the vegetables in particular are so good and it really makes a difference in taste when cooking meals. ‘Another routine I will continue with is a daily “me-time” hour where I spend time reading.
‘It’s something I didn’t make enough time for before lockdown and have absolutely loved during this time.’
Lee, 34, from Preston
‘My new routine has got me in a good place, and I’m going to keep it up. ‘In the morning, I’m hydrating, then meditating for 10 minutes, listening to a positive podcast episode, doing 10 minutes of exercise, visualising my day, then reading a book for 10 minutes. ‘All before looking at my phone, the kids wake up and I make breakfast. ‘My head is so clear after doing it, I get a real buzz. And now I walk every evening, and that really clears my head before bed.’
Kelly, 48, from Croydon
‘We have six teenage children – two boys of our own and four foster daughters. ‘There are obvious reasons why they aren’t particularly close and don’t spend a lot of time together, but this lockdown has actually brought them closer together.
‘We all go for a walk each evening over the golf course that backs onto our garden and we have had a weekly games night in which I’ve realised how competitive everyone is. ‘We all really look forward to this time and I’m going to make sure that when this is all over we continue with it.’
Helen, 26, from Suffolk
‘I’ve started doing daily yoga outside for about 40 mins to an hour per day and will definitely be continuing once this is all over, for summer at least! It feels so good and gets a bit of fresh air into the lungs. ‘I also do exercise like HIIT outside now and its making me question my gym membership as I feel like I’m working harder at home and it’s more consistent.’
Lizzie, 24, from London
‘I’ve always loved cooking, but I used to find that I was always so busy after work I would always cook my recipes in a bit of a hurry. ‘With so much time in lockdown, I’ve loved having a few hours to perfect recipes and not rush them. ‘I’ll try and take my time on cooking even after lockdown and it’s way more enjoyable. ‘In lockdown I’ve made a massive roast dinner for Easter Sunday, chicken tray bakes, veggie tarts, and loads of other bits and bobs.’
Zack, 25, from London
‘I’ve completely changed my life since lockdown, doing fitness every day in my garden, I was never one for gym. ‘Before, it was crumpets and working on my laptop in the morning – now it’s 6am porridge breakfast, lemon and ginger hot water and a one-hour workout. ‘It feels amazing.’
Rachael, 41, Berkshire
‘I’m a single mum and own my own legal firm. Believe it or not, I’m loving lockdown and hope that certain aspects continue after restrictions are lifted. ‘Despite my workload increasing with juggling my caseload and homeschooling, I’m finding the slower pace of life so much nicer and my stress levels have dropped massively. ‘It’s definitely put things into perspective for me.’
Natalie, 31, from London
‘Since lockdown I have been making a point to read every day. ‘I love reading, but sometimes life gets so busy and there is so much Netflix to watch that I get out of the habit. ‘I find that reading before bed is really helping me feel calmer and helping me sleep better, so I’m going to make more of en effort to keep that up when this is all over.’
Cecile, 35, from Ashford
‘I have been loving going for daily walks in the country with my family and we’ve actually found many national footpaths that we never realised were there before. ‘We want to carry on the good habit and instead of rushing to go away on weekends far away or even abroad, we will make the most of what we have at our doorstep. ‘More importantly, I am so grateful that we live in the country. ‘It took me a long time to get use to that life after leaving London, but now more than ever, I know that we have made the best choice for our family.’