What lessons we have learned during the lockdown. Things are slowly getting better but there are lessons which should remain with us.
Lesson No 1 – What Matters in Life?
Lockdown was an opportunity for us to think about all the things we are grateful for and what we want more of in our lives. We want meaningful relationships, a better future for our children, and better working environments.
Every one of us had a chance to find what really matters in life. What habits, mindsets, and relationships we should have and what we should get rid of.
During the lockdown, many of us had a chance to discover new talents, resilience, and strengths that we shouldn’t forget about that easily. Ask yourself what are the strengths and talents you discovered? How can you integrate these into your life now?
Lesson No 2 – Create Stability
We realized more than ever that we should have stable foundations. We don’t talk only about finances. Financial adviser Ramit Sethi talks about stability in terms of relationships, professional life, self-esteem, finances, and daily routines. Some important parts of our life make us happy or not. Career, relationship, finances, and daily routines are some of the few most important aspects of our life.
Once we feel safe, we might be more open to mixing things up by adding more creativity and spontaneity in our life. Reflect on what you learned during the lockdown about your routines and spontaneous activities that you value the most.
Lesson No 3 – Mental Health Matters
Prioritize your mental health! And remember that you don’t wake up one morning with depression and anxiety that did not exist the day before. Stress leads to anxiety and depression, and continuous stress can have a great effect on your life in the long run. It takes a pretty long time for depression and anxiety to kick in if we ignore issues that we have around us.
We should all practice mental resilience and fitness daily. Feeling “not so good” or “feeling a little blah” can quickly escalate to not doing well and feeling distressed. We should all reflect on our mental and emotional distress especially during the lockdown. We should react right away before distress strikes and turns into an issue.
Lesson No 4 – Transforming Your Loneliness
We all know that we can feel lonely when in a group of people. Many were forced to spend extensive time alone and maybe some are even proud of how well they dealt with loneliness. Loneliness is the feeling of being separated from others, missing other people, and even a broader feeling of not belonging. Loneliness kicks in not only when we feel separated from others but also when we are not connected with ourselves.
It’s important to cultivate the feeling of joy when we are alone and have a feeling of independence. There are many times in our life when we feel alone and we need to be alone. There will be times again when the feeling of loneliness becomes heavy on us.
During lockdown many of us face the challenge of loneliness. Many believe this is a matter of being extroverted and introverted which is not correct. We all need to be comfortable being alone and being around people.
Lesson No 5 – The Good that Generosity Brings
During the lockdown, we all witnessed many acts of kindness and generosity. We don’t have to be a part of a showstopping, Hollywood story of generosity. We can easily express generosity through our daily interactions.
Business coach, Christine Miles said:
“We are all inextricably linked. What touches one person has the power to infect many. We need to stay very conscious about showing up in a way that spreads connection, empathy, and passion as we all begin to renter the world. I believe it is our responsibility to be conscious of our emotional impact on others.”
Think about what you can do for others. The sense of helping others will make you happier and help you boost your confidence.