The coronavirus lockdown has been a time of reflection for all of us. No matter your age, you’ve been affected by this period in some way. Some of you have lost your jobs, some have gone months without seeing family members, and a lot of us are dealing with the mental side of being locked indoors.
There are two ways we can look at this whole situation. We can wallow in self-pity and think about all the negative things that are happening, or we can take some lessons from this rare period. Think about it, we’ll probably never experience something like this again. It’s a rare instance where your world has slowed down and given you time to think. So, let’s use this time wisely; here are three things I’ve learned during lockdown.
The importance of financial security
It’s so important to get your money in order.
Retirees like us are probably the only people not much financially affected by this lockdown. If you spent years saving for retirement, you plan on living without working. So, the country closing down isn’t an issue financially. This made me think about how vital it is for everyone to get their money in order. If you saved money before coronavirus, you are in a better position than someone who didn’t. More than anything, it’s shown the value of an emergency fund. You never know what life will throw at you, so it pays to have some money saved up just in case.
The importance of staying connected with your family.
We need to connect more with our family
This lockdown period has shown how important it is to stay connected with your family. Everyone is using Zoom and Skype to stay connected while stuck in different houses. So, why don’t we do this more often with family members who don’t live nearby? It’s especially important to stay connected to your elderly relatives. Lockdown has given you an insight into what it’s like for a lot of elderly people all the time. You feel lonely and restricted at home – that’s what it’s like for many people every single day. There’s actually a great article by Eastleigh Care Homes on how you can stay connected to elderly family members, and it’s well worth reading. The main takeaway from this lesson is that we have to make time for one another because life is too short to be distant. One of my son’s has severe learning difficulties and is in a care home and I have been unable to visit him so I realise the importance of finding other ways to stay in touch.
The importance of staying healthy
Our health is so important.
Finally, I think we can all agree that this situation has shown us how important it is to take care of our health. Being healthy can help you fight off diseases and may be the difference between life and death for a lot of people with coronavirus. Being in lockdown has also shown the importance of staying active to be healthier and to help your mental health. Think about how much harder this would be if you couldn’t go for daily walks? Take from this the lesson that being healthy is the key to a better life – both mentally and physically.
It’s good to reflect upon things and take lessons as we move forward. The worst thing we can do after the lockdown lifts is to go back to normal. I would be interested in what you have learnt during lockdown and what lessons you intend to carry forward.