When looking back to the pre-Corona and pre-lockdown days, do you spot a feeling that ‘something’ needed to change? We were rushing around on automatic pilot, constantly working, and then it all changed in March 2020.
We were forced to stay in our houses, we were forced to work from home. Leadership and politics aside the family had no choice but to get stronger, you probably saved a few pounds because of not having to travel to and from work, and you probably didn’t use your car as much as you did pre-lockdown.
So we were forced to create this life balance whether we wanted it or not. It evolved.
I know conversations in my house each morning resembled:
‘Hurry up and get out of the shower”
“Have you got petrol for your car?”
“Have you got money for your Oystercard?”
“If you don’t leave now you’ll miss the train?”
“What would you like for dinner tonight?”
“Have a good day see you later”.
During lockdown there was a huge shift in those conversations and talking went way beyond travel and food.
My babies and I talked about work and how they felt about work, college and whether continuing with a performing arts degree was worth the struggle if support for the arts was zero! And these were deep conversations, not just skating over the top but getting into real feelings. Feelings of anxiousness, fear and in some cases depression. How were these feelings being dealt with before? How were these emotions being manifested whilst being on automatic pilot?
As lockdown started to ease I started going out on daily outings, exploring wine bars, restaurants, and hotels further out of London and not just automatically morphing towards venues in Central London because that’s where I was working.
I’d never been to Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield, would never have thought of just booking myself into a Crowne Plaza to spend a long weekend, the thought of just driving up the A40/M40 to appreciate green and nature never crossed my mind, and I even changed the location of my daily walk a few times (Northala Fields in Ealing) and gave myself time to think and plan my day.
Getting a life balance gives you the opportunity to count your blessings and appreciate what you have as opposed to what you want – and may not need. The balance also turns the lightbulb on in your system and shows you the benefits of slowing down and creating balance for both your physical and mental health.