Two months in…

As we begin our third month of pandemic-related restrictions, there appears to be a change in the mood music.

The feelings of freefall have diminished. A sense of growing horror has evolved to a weary acceptance of a changed reality. And finally, a chink of light has opened up as some extra movement and operations are now being permitted.

So it’s a good time to take stock of how our behaviours have been affected by the lockdown, as we navigate our way to the next phase.

In particular, it’s worth looking in more detail at our daily practices and habits, as some of these have become established a little under our awareness radar.

Four useful questions to answer:

1. What habits, or ways of being or thinking, have I developed during the lockdown that I want to bring with me as things begin to move towards something close to ‘normal’?

2. What habits, or ways of being or thinking, have I developed during the lockdown that I want to leave behind as things begin to move towards something close to ‘normal’?

3. What habits, or ways of being or thinking, from pre-lockdown times do I want to re-establish again and sustain into the future?

4. What habits, or ways of being or thinking, from pre-lockdown times do I want to never go back to, and leave in the past?

Some tips to get the most from an exercise like this:

  • Write your answers down, you’ll be surprised what flows out when you do.
  • Go easy on the judgement. We all have a bunch of things for #2 that don’t appear in any ‘high performance’ list but we’re all working through a major trauma. It’s important to cut ourselves some slack as we look back.
  • And finally, ask a loved one or colleague for some observations – you might be usefully surprised.

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