Fear; surprise; shock – that was the beginning of Lockdown for me. I’m writing this on May 30 from a sunny Brighton in the UK after a good couple of months of lockdown. Lockdown is still very much a thing. I’ve been scared; adapted to it; got used to it; got emotional; got angry; got bored. Now I’m waiting for it to end.
There’s not really a clean ending to this. I’d imagined there would be, but no, the Lockdown will be lifted slowly. Return to normal life, offices and normal work will the patchy, spread out and complicated. A sharp ending would be easier. There’d be a chance for a ritual, a party, and then switch normal back on. Given we don’t have a clean break, I think we’re going to have to work a bit harder on exiting this well.
I find that the lockdown time has been hard (even though my conditions have been really good).
I’ve learned some things about how to live this way and I’ve done a lot of things differently. For me, exiting well is to keep what I’ve learned that is good, say goodbye to those things that sucked, and move carefully on. I’m going to do some reflection as Lockdown is eased.
Here are the key questions I’m asking myself as we start to ease up our Lockdown conditions. You might want to try this as a writing exercise, as something to talk to co-workers about, or perhaps over dinner with others. And when answering these, think about you and your mind and your behaviour(s):
- What do I want to keep from Lockdown?
- What do I want to let go from Lockdown?
- What have I learned about myself from this Lockdown time?
At its core, this is a reflective practice. We’re looking at what has been and making some choices about what we do going forward. You can use this anytime. When there’s a boundary like this Lockdown ending, it comes more naturally. I hope it is useful. Let me know how you get on.