The restrictions are easing down in UK, but, from my point of view, we are still in lockdown, just as we were last month. We are still not going anywhere, unless for shopping. I’m wearing my face masks when necessary, of course. Even so, I am thinking of how life after lockdown will look like. I’ve decided I will keep some changes, and here is my short list.
Life after lockdown – Transport
When I was commuting by train to Oxford I was thinking of getting a couple of face masks for when I am in the train station, as the gases from the trains were a bit unpleasant. I didn’t do that because there isn’t a mentality to wear masks in public in UK. But, now, after wearing them in shops, even if I was the only one with a mask, I can say that I do not care. I will wear a mask when I’m in the train station and I mainly refer to the one in Birmingham, where I change trains.
I will also take extra care to have hand gel with me. I usually have it and use it, but now I will make sure that I have it every single time or I will pop in a Boots and get one.
Life after lockdown – Shopping
Before lockdown, if I wanted to make a specific dish, I would go out and buy the ingredients. If I couldn’t find one ingredient, then I will go to another shop or even two to get it. That is not happening any more and I’m glad. It was a waste of time. I can put those ingredients on a shopping list or change them, if possible. I am using now more of what I have in the cupboards comparing to before and that is important, as some products might go off, and, anyway, I spent money on them, so I should use them and not keep them for too long.
Also, when it comes to supermarket shopping, I am buying now less often. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have to go food shopping quite often. In the lockdown I’ve started using more frozen and canned varieties, meaning that I can space the supermarket shopping trips. From 4-5 trips a week, we are now down to 2 a week and I will keep this going. I also buy from a nearby supermarket, which is smaller and doesn’t have everything I need, but it has enough to top up and leave the big supermarket trip to once a week or even seldom.
Another thing that I was forced to do, but I think is great and I want to keep it, is click&collect. It is so much better as I only go and pick up the items, instead of having to go into the shop and search for the items myself. I also know before going to the shop if they have everything that we might need. It saves time and money too, depending on the sort of items I’m buying.
Life after lockdown – Leisure
In lockdown we did not have the same leisure activities we had before the lockdown. It was hard at first, but it became easier and now I’m thinking more at the sort of things we used to do before. I am seeing my free time as very precious, so I will be more mindful of where and when I going to. Sounds really obvious, but it took me a lockdown to figure out that.
Are there any new habits you picked during lockdown that you would like to keep afterwords?