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Many of us have spent the last 6 months in some degree of lockdown due to the coronavirus situation. COVID-19 is obviously not a good thing. Lockdown, however, can be thought of in a different light. Yes, it is inconvenient, but it is a necessary thing in order to protect lives. It has even had some benefits in my life! Here are 7 positive things that have come out of lockdown, for me.
My 7 positives of lockdown
1. A chance to get ahead with my blog
With other commitments down to a minimum, the lockdown was the perfect time to work on my blog. I have managed to get posts scheduled several weeks in advance, which is something I never managed before. I have made various improvements to my blog as well as dipping into affiliate marketing.
2. Getting more exercise
This may sound surprising, but I have actually got more exercise during lockdown than I did before! Early on, exercise was one of the only reasons we were allowed out of our houses. I made the most of this allowance by going for a walk every day – and I don’t think I’m the only one who did this! It was great to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air.
Lockdown has also meant that I’ve had more time to allocate to exercise. My main forms of exercise have been long walks and yoga, following Yoga with Adriene’s monthly playlists.
3. A break from some anxiety triggers
I sometimes experience anxiety, and many of my triggers involve being around other people. Although I try not to completely avoid my anxiety triggers, as that could make them worse, it has been quite a relief to have a break from them for a while.
4. Learning how to use Zoom
I had never used Zoom video calling before lockdown. This is a minor point, but lockdown brought me the opportunity to learn how to use Zoom! It has also improved my confidence in video calls because I have always found them a bit uncomfortable, but I am getting more used to them now.
5. Communicating with friends more often than usual
Although we haven’t been able to meet up face-to-face, I have actually communicated with many of my friends more often than I did before lockdown. Early on, I messaged many of them to check that they were doing okay. I have also video-called several of my friends, including taking part in Zoom quizzes with my housemates from University. Normally, I only see them once or twice a year but we have done around 7 or 8 quizzes together in the past few months!
6. A chance to read more books
I like reading, but often I don’t find the time to read much. Lockdown has been a chance to put a dent in my ‘to be read’ list! From the beginning of lockdown to the time of writing this post, I have finished reading 15 books including The Night Circus, The Existence of Amy and Magic. I also read a blogging e-book A Blogger’s Best Friend by LoveKyra which has helped me massively with my blog.
7. An opportunity to try the Curly Girl Method
In the early months of lockdown, I was only leaving the house for exercise. Therefore, I didn’t care what my hair looked like! It was the perfect time to try out something new. A lot of people have dyed their hair a new colour during the lockdown, but I decided to try out the Curly Girl Method. This is a method for looking after curly hair to make it as healthy as possible. I had been wanting to try it for a while so I have been following it since April!
What are your positives of lockdown?
Has lockdown brought you any benefits? Did you finally have time to get on with a project you had been meaning to do? Did you do more or less exercise? Have you used Zoom? Have you done anything crazy to your hair in lockdown? Tell me in the comments!
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