A lot of us are staring at four walls wondering when we are going to be able to step outside freely again. We’re all either living with our parents, partners, spouses or flatmates and wondering how the hell we haven’t gone ape shit at them over the way they suck a Cornetto.
Yes, being at home, it can suck sometimes. Not having that physical contact with your loved ones is tough and it’s something I, as we all are, struggling with right now. As much as I am craving going outside and (let me just daydream about the outdoors life for a sec) and being fed up of staring at the same four walls so much that I can memorise the pattern in the wallpaper, I am going to try and embrace the new staying at home lifestyle we’ve had to conform to.
Don’t get me wrong, I miss going outside TERRIBLY. I miss my old lifestyle. I look outside my window like they do in the odd scene from Friends and I wonder what it’s like to go out out. Even just out.
But there’s nothing we can do, we’re stuck in for our own good. We’re doing the right thing by staying in. It’s the only way we can get life back to normal quicker.
As much as we want to get out right now, I’m going to be embracing this new lifestyle that we now have and it may be the key into getting through this lockdown.
We all said at the beginning of lockdown/self isolation that we all we’re going to do those odd jobs that needed doing, clean out the cupboard under the stairs or having a massive clothes sort out. Ok, I’ve done most of this sort of thing already. You could also sort out your garden, pulling up the weeds is my speciality plus it’s all I can do in terms of gardening. I’m no female Alan Titchmarsh. It’s kinda nice to say that my house is a better place to live in. Not only is it cleaner, it doesn’t feel like a dumping ground as much now. It feels more homely, it’s quite heartwarming in a sense. I would like to keep my house this way post lockdown – hopefully.
It’s quite nice to spend time at home when it’s looking more pleasant and cleaner than it’s ever been. This got me thinking, before the pandemic, how much time did we REALLY spend in our homes? Think about it, we get up in the morning around 6:30/7am, go to work at about 7:30/8am to avoid the traffic. You arrive at work for 8/9 hours. Then it’s time to leave work about 4:30/5pm, try and fight through rush hour traffic (especially on a Friday) then possibly go to the gym or food shopping after work, then return home for the evening about 6:30/7pm. So roughly, prior to lockdown, the majority of us would spend about 11 hours at home – and roughly 4/5 hours you’re AWAKE. Disclaimer – everybody’s working/daily life is different.
It’s quite crazy when you think of it like that. Think, we spend god knows how much on rent/mortgages every month for our homes, I’m just going to embrace this new home life for now! As much as I’ll be elated for the day I can go outside and breathe in some fresh air, I’m just going to stop complaining about it so much for now and just be grateful that I have a decent home to live in.
That’s why I’m going to try and be more enthusiastic and positive about being at home. It isn’t ideal I know, but it’ll mean the whole situation we’re currently in will be gone sooner rather than later.
However, I am keeping those in mind who are wishing to not be at home 24/7 right now. Those in domestic violence relationships and can’t escape, the elderly who live on their own and can’t have any visitors to cheer them up or are in care homes not being able to be visited by family. Those who are living on their own and/or have mental health issues. A simple call or Facetime won’t hurt. It’s what they need. A few spare minutes to speak to someone can brighten a person’s day.
Also I want to give a shoutout to NHS workers and all key workers who want to be able to go home and relax but are instead thinking about going to work the next day feeling scared and wondering what they will be facing. My thoughts go out to you all. You’re an inspiration to us all and are truly thankful for all your care and hard work.
How are you finding life at home right now? I hope you’re all doing ok! If you feel lonely and need someone to talk to, DM me on one of my socials!