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It feels strange to be writing about a pandemic mid the Easter weekend, but it is also unescapable because we are so far away from what a ‘typical’ bank holiday weekend might look like. A glance online tells us how we are reacting: with fear, with tears, with frustration and even with a sense of ‘lockdown’ humour. There is also a new reflective reaction emerging where people are starting to look at lockdown and this unprecedented, unusual time differently. This week, we read, and posted the above quote by Dave Hollis – ‘In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to’ and conversations started at (a socially distanced) OutdoorCure HQ. Lockdown has been forced upon us and many of us have had holidays, parties – even weddings cancelled. It is really hard to think of positives when life as you know it has been tipped upside down. We did not have a choice when it came to lockdown, however we do have a choice in how we respond to it.

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Here are our top tips for thinking differently in lockdown:

  • Notice and take part in collective events. The NHS, Carers and Key Workers Clap brings us all together as a community. Notice how it feels to be a part of that. (NB – we think this event should continue forever!)
  • Reflect on what you are pleased you don’t have to do anymore in lockdown. This can be hard to acknowledge as you might have associated feeling of guilt or shame, but you also have the opportunity to make changes moving forward. Use this time to think about how you can implement these changes.
  • Keep your values in mind (and in your heart). Is there anything you are doing differently now that feels more in line with them? It might be that you are helping a neighbour or are building different relationships. These things do not have to end when lockdown does.
  • Now is the time to try something new… have you always hated supermarket shopping? Take the time to find out what your local provisions are or research alternatives and use them! It might actually come as a relief!
  • Enjoy having the social pressure lifted – keeping up with the Joneses, or FOMO (fear of missing out) can have a negative impact on the choices you make and what you do. How do you feel now that pressure has gone?
  • Practice gratitude and help out where you can – there are people who – for various reasons (work, circumstances, health, poverty) may not have the luxury to experience the above. The pandemic is not an equaliser; horrific things, poverty and injustices still happen.
  • Consider making a scrapbook or journal. We are living a historical event and capturing it in a creative way creates memories and helps to process what is happening.

Let us know how the pandemic has got you thinking differently!

The OutdoorCureOnline Team x

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