This pandemic has been tough on a lot of people. Some of us have lost our jobs, for some their homes and all of us ~ our lives. Everything has been put on hold and our lives have dramatically slowed down.
This pandemic has taught me a lot however, I am really appreciating the little things and life a lot more. It’s taught me so many life-changing lessons that I will keep with me and live by in the future post-pandemic.
Hi guys and welcome back to a new blog post ♡
Today’s one is a sneaky extra blog post with some relatable life lessons that I have realized and learned throughout this pandemic.
The pandemic has really slowed down our lives but that isn’t a bad thing. For me I’ve discovered; old and new passions, life lessons, a new appreciation for the world, and spent a lot more time working on my own self-care and health. It’s important to slow down and look after yourself.
Keep reading to find out 5 things that I’ve learned in the pandemic…
NUMBER ONE ~ UNFOLLOW MORE ACCOUNTS
It’s definitely okay to unfollow accounts that have a negative or uninspiring effect on your mood. Unfollowing isn’t always a personal action, sometimes it’s simply because a person is uninspired or related to your content.
My feed has been really uninspiring lately with the same brands and people coming up. I got a bit bored of the constant; AD posts, brands selling products to me, friends posing with life quotes as captions. My feed started to get uninspiring and boring so I unfollowed some people and discovered some new accounts to follow. This wasn’t a personal attack on anyone.
I just wanted to mix things up and make my social media a happy and inspiring place rather than a dull and polite following feed. Now my Instagram is an inspiring space with some new content.
It’s okay to unfollow an account, friend or foe if you don’t like their content. It is not always personal, you should not feel guilty and it is okay to do.
NUMBER TWO ~ PURSUE YOUR HOBBY AND PASSIONS
I used to love creative writing and painting when I was at school. I can’t say I’m incredibly talented at either but that doesn’t matter, I enjoy them. I can’t remember the last time I did either before lockdown. Since the lockdown I’ve had a bit more time on my hands so I’ve actively made an effort to do more painting and writing.
In terms of painting I use watercolor paints, I work best with them and am always happy with the outcome I achieve. I love painting nature mostly, from trees and leaves to flowers and animals. It’s relaxing and enjoyable. I love the feeling of starting a painting and having no idea what the outcome will be but going along with whatever comes out of my brain, onto the paper. Sometimes it’s a fail, sometimes it’s a great success. Either way it’s okay and it really doesn’t matter as long as you relax and enjoy it.
When it comes to writing, as I said I like to do creative writing. I’ve been using a book to help me prompt story ideas and get my creative juices flowing. The book is called 642 things to write about. The title says it all with prompts from an astronaut in space to a cat in a cosy cafe.
NUMBER THREE ~ ENJOY NATURE
Every single day being inside and not moving around much can be very boring and bad for mental health. I’ve actively made the effort to go on a walk at least once a day. Not only is it good for your mind but also your fitness and overall wellbeing. Just half an hour of fresh air really does help!
Since going on my daily walks I’ve especially realized and had an appreciation for nature. Were the fields always this full of wildflowers or am I just paying more attention? Has a lack in the number of cars and humans helped the bees and wildlife this year? Did the trees get prettier?
I live in such a beautiful environment with stunning woodland as my front garden. I’ve always appreciated it and known how lucky I am but even more so in this lockdown. A daily walk really has picked me up, sometimes on what can be quite miserable and sad days with the world as it is.
NUMBER FOUR ~ SUPPORT SMALL (UK) BUSINESS’S
I understand that a lot of us don’t have much money right now but with the money you do have, support smaller businesses. Stop shopping with large corporate companies so much and support smaller ones on Etsy and Depop.
Spend your money on small businesses, these shops put a lot more care and love into their products and deserve/need your pennies far more! I’ve listed a few of my favourites to check out below from bubble baths to homeware.
Muggle Creations ~ My Shop where I sell candles, magical potions, graphic print outs, lightroom presets, and homeware items.
Flounder Finds ~ Disney themed homewares lovingly handmade.
Made by Molly ~ Felt custom made keyrings and decorations. If you like Animal Crossing and Autumn then this is the shop for you!
Made By Lauren ~ (Not me!) Affordable yet high quality jewellery.
Bubble Trouble ~ Handmade and vegan out of this world bath bombs.
NUMBER FIVE ~ KEEP YOUR TRUE LOVED ONES CLOSE AND THE FAKES AWAY
Now more than ever we all need a little support and compassion. Lockdown has really taught me to value those who value me. If someone wants to be in your life they will make an effort and show you they care. If they don’t do that or bring negativity upon you then they are not good enough.
Now is the time to distance yourself from negativity and focus instead on the positivity, love, and care that you receive. Life is too short and you matter. Fake friends or family, goodbye. Everyone always deserves a second chance but no more than that. Do not be a doormat or a dumping ground for negative energy and emotions. Value your loved ones and lovers.
I’m sure some of you related to at least one of the points I made in this blog post. Let me know what you’re learned, realised or discovered in this pandemic? There’s always a bright side to every situation.