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Why now is a wonderful time to make a resolution
The negatives surrounding the current global situation are massive, and many people have found their worlds turned upside down. However, there are some positives if we are able to grasp them and one is that many people are finding time to make changes in their lives for the better.
And, now with lockdown restrictions starting to ease in the UK, and many people starting to return to a ‘routine’ again, there is no better time than to continue the positive changes you may have made or resolve to start some new ones.
Why now is a wonderful time to make a resolution
The vast majority of people have found their lives becoming very different in the last few months. Whether that’s because of taking furlough, working from home, working more than usual in an essential role or not working at all, our traditional routines have all been thrown out of the window.
Now, as the UK starts to see lockdown restrictions ease and many people are returning to what is being dubbed ‘the new normal’, we see something that resembles a familiar routine starting back up again.
However, we do not have to go back to our old ways. Whether this meant you felt you were working too much to see your loved ones, not putting in enough time for your own self-care and personal hobbies or prioritising the wrong things, there is no better time to change then when restarting.
Blogger Jupiter Hadley touched on this, and she explained: “Lockdown, for me, has felt like a massive halt to everyone's lives. Now that we are going back to normality, after spending so much time in isolation, I am sure everyone's mindset is a bit different. Now is a perfect time to prioritise your own goals and re-evaluate what is important to you. Personally, I have been going out more, enjoying more adventures, and spending more time with family. It's important after such drastic changes in your way of life to come back to it empowered instead of beaten down.”
What changes have people made during lockdown?
We wanted to find out what changes people have already started making during lockdown, so we reached out to bloggers to discover their resolutions, and why they made them.
Spending more time with family and loved ones
Something many of us has certainly done more of during lockdown is spending more time with family and loved ones, whether in person or digitally. With online retreats, Zoom quizzes aplenty and spending a lot longer with the people we live with, it’s no surprise the world has seemed much closer as it’s stayed apart. Some of the people we spoke to told us this is something they want to make an effort to continue.
Monica, from Styling Life Today, has made this her goal, she told us: “Lockdown has definitely got me thinking about priorities and what is important! My resolution is to be in the moment and spend as much time with my children as possible. As we all realised during this crazy period, every moment needs to be cherished and every day lived to the fullest. Whether this is a trip to a playground with your child or even a family holiday! Every single moment we spend together is important and worth living for.”
Kelly from Northeast Family Adventures agrees, she told us: “My resolution is to not worry about other people and just enjoy life with my husband and children. As a sufferer from Body Dysmorphia, my life has been on hold for too long now and lockdown has really opened my eyes to how short life can be and that we all should be living our best lives. “
Ruth from My Mummy Teacher echoed this sentiment: “Although elements of lockdown were challenging, I have to admit I loved the extra time with my family, the slower pace of life and not having to rush around here there and everywhere. Without this extra time, I wouldn't have had the time to set up my blog and wouldn't have had that much needed period of reflection. My resolution moving forward is to make sure I don't lose sight of this and I aim to not over-schedule or book out every weekend with plans and to continue to prioritise just enjoying being at home, doing simple things with my family that make me happy! As they say, the best things in life are free!”
Chantelle from The English Family hopes to look outside of her home unit for those to spend more time with: “I have decided that once lockdown ends we are going to make much more of an effort to visit all of our family members and arrange days out together to create memories.”
Learning to be grateful for what we have
Another thing some have realised is how they took the little things for granted and didn’t realise how lucky they were with what they already had. Whether that’s the people we have around us, our jobs, our hobbies or something else, we have been forced to confront our lives and some have had time to take a step back and see the bigger picture for once.
Neil Sheth told us: “I thought 2020 would be another year where I wished for new things (as usual). However, I’ve come to the realisation that 2020 is the year that I appreciated everything I already have. Being grateful is my new resolution and there couldn’t be a better time to make it.”
Karis from Shy, Strange, Manic agreed: “Covid-19 has forced me to slow things down and take the time to look at my life in a new way. because of this, it's allowed me to priorities new things for the first time, like looking after myself physically and mentally, setting goals for my health and just generally allowing myself to have a break. It's something I will definitely be keeping as the world continues to change.”
As we have been constricted to our homes for months now with doors only just opening back up, many people have felt a new wave of wanderlust wash over them and have wished they could see more of the world.
Grace Bee explained how lockdown has impacted her: “For me and so many others, living through a lockdown and pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to take a good look at what we want from our lives. I know for many of us going back to our pre-lockdown lives just won't be enough anymore. One of my big personal goals is to travel more when it's safe to do so. Whether that means taking a few months off to explore or jetting off to Australia for a working holiday I'm not sure yet, all I know is that the world is out there and I'm going to see as much of it as I can!”
Falling back in love with our hobbies
With more time on our hands for many, falling back in love with old hobbies we’ve neglected has become something we suddenly are able to accomplish. Whether that’s getting back into a fitness routine, picking up books more often or even just enjoying a TV programme you weren’t able to make time for before, there hasn’t been a better time.
Heidi from Kitchen Talks and Travels explained how this has helped her with her own personal projects: “This lockdown I have been trying to keep up with my 'to-do' list. I have tried to be super organised and kept up with my social media and my blog etc. I have also tried to learn as much as I can via zoom, webinars etc so that I have not wasted time. I also started my IGTV channel with a weekly show on a Wednesday with an invited guest and on a Sunday afternoon with a friend. This has kept me sane."
Michael Taylor from Shifting Shares told us: “I read lots during lockdown which I loved. Reading is something that I've gradually stopped doing, and it's only now that I realise that I need to carve out time in order to read otherwise there will never be time. There's always one more stock to look at, one more email to send, and in today's world, there is an almost constant demand on our time.
Francesca, from And So She Thinks, spoke to us about how she has been able to bring new habits into her lifestyle: “Lockdown has given me the time to focus on creating new habits, such as writing creatively, going for daily walks, and trying something new once a week. I've freed up a lot of time by not travelling to and from places which I’ve been able to use on things that nourish me rather than drain me. There are so many activities available online right now that it’s a great opportunity to try something new and test it out.”
So, there you have it. If you are considering starting a new resolution or have found yourself inspired to fulfil a goal during lockdown, we salute you. Making changes in our lives is never an easy step but it’s something that can offer a lot of rewards once the work has been put in. Whether you want to ditch the booze in favour of CBD alcohol-free drinks, continue to spend more time with your family or reignite an old passion, the current circumstances are giving you the perfect opportunity. As Michael explained, “The best time to start a resolution is in the past, but the next best time is right now.” So, what are you waiting for?
About the author:
Kamila is a bestselling author of “Bespoke. How to radically grow your bar and restaurant business through personalisation”, and passionate trend-spotter for the UK Eating Out market with thousands of followers on her widely popular blog kamilasitwell.co.uk.
With a decade of hands-on experience collaborating with hospitality influencers and insight experts and a background in setting strategies for leading brands, Kamila has become the industry champion for truly bespoke and guest-centric experiences.
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