The UK (and most of the world at some point) has now been in lockdown for over 8 weeks. Although some restrictions have been eased and we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, we are all still urged to stay within our households if possible and keep to the guidelines.
Many will have hated lockdown, felt unproductive and bored. But some people might have benefited from being in lockdown and away from work; maybe they’ve learnt a new skill, or rekindled a past hobby. It is important to know that quarantine effects people differently, and that is completely understandable. The main thing is we are all in this together, and although it may be harder for others, it is for the greater good – and for all our future.
A good proportion of you (myself included) may be starting to go back to their workplace over the coming weeks, but under strict guidelines and rules. No matter how eager (or the opposite) you are to return to the workplace we don’t want to look back on all the free time we have had during lockdown and regret not taking advantage of the time. One of my previous posts ‘How to stay productive during the lockdown‘ advocated the notion of using the free time wisely by reading, learning and experiencing more. So that when you go back to work and normality resumes you have this newfound knowledge and skill.
As much as it is hard now during the uncertain and fearful times we have to keep positive and use the free time to better ourselves, becoming ultimately stronger people. I have been putting this into practice over the last 8 weeks and have compiled a list of my lockdown favourites; the things that have benefited me most during these tough times.
What I’ve been reading:
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – My second time reading this book and I still gained a huge amount of new insights, there’s a reason why this book has spent 20 years as the #1 Personal Finance best seller. I urge everyone to read this at least once.
- Shoe Dog – One of my favourites books I have ever read, so much that I wrote its own review on this blog – which you can check out here.
- Fitness Mindset – A short but really effective book, fitness plays a huge part of my life and this books forms a base of essential knowledge in both the fitness aspect and mindset. Perfect for a new enthusiast to hit the ground running and delve into the fitness world.
What I’ve been watching:
- Yes Theory – Youtube channel in which they try and encourage individuals to ‘seek discomfort’ and face their fears. They help people overcome adversity and go on some crazy adventures, I have probably binged most of their videos over the past 8 weeks.
- Binging with Babish – Another Youtube channel where a chef aesthetically recreates weird & wonderful dishes from famous movies and TV shows, oddly very pleasant and calming to watch. My personal favourite was ‘Recreating the Krabby Patty from Spongebob‘.
What I’ve been learning:
- Wim Hof Technique – A breathing technique which has been shown to reduce stress, increase cardiovascular function, improve sleep, improve mental clarity and many more. It only takes around 10 minutes to do and I have been trying it at least once a day – it’s still early days but I can definitely vouch for the sleep improvement!
- Not Overthinking Podcast – Came across this podcast a few weeks back and have listened to most of the episodes. Two guys take a deep dive into happiness, creativity and the human condition. Really easy listen and provokes some great thoughts to expand on.
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”.African Proverb
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”.Billie Jean King
These are just some of my favourites that have got me through the lockdown and will stick with me even when restricts alleviate and normality slowly resumes. It is important to use this time wisely and come out of the lockdown all guns blazing, with newfound skills and confidence – appreciating the little things.
Please do stay safe though and stick to the guidelines. It would be great to hear other insights and some of your favourites that have benefited you during this time. As always you can reach me via Instagram or email – both of which are linked on the website header.