This is a very good read about lifestyle choice from Country Living and certainly something to ponder in in the coming months
The last few months has forced a lifestyle audit upon us all
Lockdown has taught me a lot. As life has been stripped back, daily routines paused and relationships separated – it’s provided me with an opportunity for reflection I didn’t realise I needed. And the first point to note is how privileged I am to be able to pause in the first place, while many people have, and still are, living the extremes of this pandemic week in, week out. I know that there are many people’s experiences which will pale this list into insignificance.
For me, a clear diary and more time to sit with my thoughts and feelings has lead me to question what it was I truly loved about my pre-pandemic routine, and which elements I endured for the wrong reasons.
The big question: Which parts of life bring real joy?
It’s no surprise, for me, that the answer is simplicity. I knew I was too busy before lockdown, saying ‘yes’ to things I didn’t genuinely want to do and feeling the physical and mental effects of overdoing it. But I didn’t change anything because… well, I’m not sure why.
But lockdown has forced a lifestyle audit upon us all and I’ve been taking notes. In a time when the powers that be have taken the reigns and we’ve had very little say over our own lives, I actually feel more in control of my future and am ready to saddle-up.
Here are a few habits I’m happy to leave in a pre-COVID world and, from talking to friends and family and watching what you, our CL readers, are taking interest in, I don’t think I’m the only one.
8 habits I won’t bring back after lockdown
Not being grateful enough for health and healthcare
This has to come first. Good health lays the foundation for everything else and never before have we been so grateful for our dedicated NHS staff, key-workers and carers. Those of us who are more vulnerable have felt the effects of true isolation, while those less at risk have stayed at home to protect everyone around them. We should be clapping for the NHS every day.
Practicing self-care for the wrong reasons
Self-care is not something we should do because we’ve driven ourselves so far into the ground that we need to take a day-off to recuperate. The true practise of self-care is not allowing yourself to reach that peak in the first place. It’s small decisions, every day, that allow us to be calm, happy and respectful of ourselves. During lockdown, those things might have been going for more walks, switching off the news when you felt overwhelmed, embracing an old hobby or taking more regular baths. From now on, my self-care lifestyle will be proactive, not reactive.
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If you like this post, here is a book you might be interested in ‘ The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All’ It’s available from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle.