Seven Lockdown Lessons
From the start of the second lockdown, RCS tenor Chris Lee has been reflecting on what has helped him stay well over the past eight months. Here is what he learnt.
Being purposeful – looking back at the end of the day (at a to-do list in my case) aim to have a few activities that you’re pleased to have got done. These worthwhile achievements could be quite small – cleaning the kitchen or clearing the leaves from the pavement outside your house.
Comforting routines – fix some points in your day/ week for things you don’t have to think too much about to do. For me this is running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (remember you can take as much outdoor exercise as you like during lockdown) and Desert Island Discs on a Sunday.
Enjoying new experiences - alongside the routine, do different/new things. This could include learning (skills and/or knowledge – there are loads of free courses and YouTube tutorials online). I recently spent a brilliant day ‘helping’ my nephew fell a big oak tree.
Rewarding yourself – when you’ve done a job you’ve been putting off for a while, or that you’ve been worried about, give yourself a treat. For me, the reward might be watching ‘Money for Nothing’ on TV and having a cup of tea. Creating something – if you’re pleased with what you’ve created that’s enough. It doesn’t have to be high art; it could be writing, taking some photos, doing a bit of gardening. In the first lockdown I got a ridiculous buzz from cooking, eating and sharing simple recipes.
Switching off – this is about limiting your access to news on TV, radio, online about the pandemic - it’s usually bad and often confusing. Switching off is also about getting away from screens of all kinds to have more real, personal experiences (preferably involving nature). It could be listening to music.
Taking control – for me this is important to keep a sense of perspective and limiting the anxiety that comes from uncertainly in the wider world. Control what you can control and (try to) ignore the rest by setting your own routines, making your to-do lists achievable, and remembering – this is not forever.
For links to over 200 activities you can do in or near your home, look here.