If you’ve been affected, as many have, by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it can be hard to remain positive. In the face of so many changes outside of our control, and with a serious health crisis happening so close to home, perhaps even affecting people we love, it’s difficult to look to the future and a return to ‘normality’, or whatever that may be after the worst is over.
So instead of looking towards uncertainty, we’re looking back at some of the simple pleasure that we enjoyed before life under lockdown, which we’ll all hopefully get to enjoy again soon.
Exploring the great outdoors
There’s nothing like a sunny day in England to get everyone out in the fresh air; we’re remembering lovely days out in our green and pleasant lands.
Sipping a coffee in a local café
Latte or espresso? Either way, picking up a coffee from your favourite café is definitely a simple pleasure.
Inviting friends over for a barbecue
The clink of glasses, sausages sizzling over coals: once social distancing ends, the first thing we’ll be planning is a meal with all our nearest and dearest.
Picking up our favourite ingredients from the shop
Going to the store and lingering over fresh meat, cheese, vegetables… even toilet paper!
Joining an exercise class
Stretch it out at yoga or work up a sweat at a HIIT class: joining an exercise class is a sociable way to burn some calories.
Home improvements… inside and out
Staring at the inside of your house for weeks has possibly made you want to make some changes… start compiling that list for when you can head down to B&Q.
Heading off on holiday
We’re looking back on memories of sandy beaches, snowy mountains and vibrant cities. One day we’ll be discovering the world again.
The morning commute
Traffic? Delayed trains? The mundane routine of a morning commute signals the return to normal life.
Popping round to a neighbour’s house
Offering a spare pint of milk or loaf of bread to a neighbour, watering their plants or letting the cat out. Helping out a neighbour is an easy way of showing you care.
However you’re spending your time at home during this period, just remember: one day, this will be a distant memory. It’s important to listen to official advice: stay home, save lives. We’re thinking of all the NHS staff and other crucial key workers who are helping to keep the country running at this challenging and unprecedented time.
We hope you all stay well, and we hope to see you all again very soon.