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Lessons learned while in lockdown

by Heidi Hewlings. Published Sat 27 Mar 2021 12:51, last updated: 27/03/21

As we officially pass the one-year mark since the first national lockdown, Purple Revolver have taken a moment to reflect on what has probably been on one of the most extraordinary years of our lives so far.

There’s no denying that the pandemic has had a drastic impact on everyone, whether that’s mentally financially or emotionally.

However, with hardships endured and family missed, plenty of lessons have been learned during the pandemic.

Many of us will be coming out of lockdown with a new mindset and appreciation for the smallest of things.

The 'glass half full' reflection on lockdown, reveals a lot of experiences that have helped us learn more about ourselves and the world we live in.

The value of real-life connections

It’s become clear that human contact is something we took for granted and vital to maintain positive mental-wellbeing.

While Facetime and text messages are great for keeping in contact with people, it’s not the same as seeing someone in person.

After a year of lockdown, the familiar experience of the wi-fi signal cutting out, worrying about what our face looks like over zoom and conversations dropping in and out of sound is an all too draining occurrence.

Nothing compares to spending time with people in real life and being able to hug and hold our loved ones.

Technology is the future

When lockdown was announced, workplaces were forced to close, and people had to adapt to a new way of working.

Virtual Zoom meetings and video conferences are now the new norm and working from home is now viewed by many as a luxury.

Doing a job in the comfort of your own home means time is more lenient, concentration is easier without distractions from co-workers and most importantly, the boss is not constantly watching over your shoulder.

It raises the question of why we even need to go into the office if we now have the technology to enable us to work remotely.

There’s no doubting that employees have proved they can be trusted to perform effectively from home and that the working world may have changed forever.

We are incredibly lucky to have the NHS

Our healthcare workers have been phenomenal over the pandemic and have worked tirelessly to save lives.

What many people consider as a ‘hero’ will have taken on a new definition, with doctors and nurses earning a newfound respect.

These superheroes have risked their own health to keep us safe and are undeniably the standout stars of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is unimaginable to think how different the pandemic would have been without the NHS.

Less is more

If there’s one stark lesson that lockdown has taught us, it’s that we don’t need as many things as we think.

With non-essential shops, beauty salons, hairdressers and gyms closed, it’s beginning to dawn on us that we have survived just fine without them.

People have found new ways to manage, learning how to cut their own hair, perform their own manicures, and turn their gardens into home gyms.

When lockdown is eased, maybe people will reconsider spending money on certain indulgences that aren’t really needed.

The basic necessities like food, clean water, and good health is far more than enough, and the rest are just luxuries that we have become accustomed to.


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