Spring has sprung, but for many of us, it’s just another day at home. I don’t know about you, but I’m really struggling with the endless days at home and restrictions on going anywhere or doing anything. That said, this week I had a teary conversation with one of my sons who is apprehensive about going back to school tomorrow because I’ll no longer be helping him with his school work. Now, my experience of helping him with school work (particularly maths) is that I’m completely hopeless and seem to make it more complicated than it needs to be. It often involves tears and tantrums (mine, mostly) and one or other of us wanting to throw his laptop out the window. But it turns out that it’s exactly this kind of family time that he’s been cherishing over the past year, and the thought of going back to what he describes as the treadmill of school/weekend/school again, is filling him with all kinds of conflicting emotions.
And for all the monotony of it, and no matter how much I’m yearning to sit and chat to a friend in a coffee shop or fall about laughing when I can’t get the steps right in Zumba class, there are definitely parts of lockdown that I’ll miss too (although I’m not sure it’s the maths school work!)
So whilst it feels like the fog of lockdown is slowly starting to lift, and that’s very welcome in a lot of ways, I think it’s important that we learn from any positives that may have come out of it. Perhaps you’ve created a healthy morning routine, or you’ve been sleeping more, or you’ve spent more time with your kids, or you’ve made more of an effort to stay in touch with old friends.
Whatever it is for you, try to incorporate some of these good habits into your life when you’ve got the choice to go back to the bad ones.