5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Lockdown

New York is planning to re-open soon. Looking back, I can’t help but reflect on the many life lessons I’ve learned from the lockdown.

 

1. Stop overthinking.

The outpatient surgical center where I work temporarily closed a few months ago. I was re-assigned to different areas in the hospital. It was nerve-wracking thinking about working on unfamiliar grounds. There were so many thoughts running through my mind. My hubby reminded me to stop overthinking and just muster the courage to show up at work and tackle each task the best way that I can.

At first, I felt like a fish out of water. But, as time goes by, I became more comfortable doing the various procedures. I’ve learned a lot and gained new nursing skills from that experience.

 

2. Take better care of yourself.

As a health care professional, I’m fully aware of the importance of taking care of ourselves. However, I wasn’t really consistent with eating a healthy meal, taking my vitamins, and getting enough rest.

The lockdown changed that. I made sure to eat my greens, take my vitamins, and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Now, more than ever, I must have a strong immune system to fight off Covid-19 and other viruses.

 

 

3. When one door closes, open another door.

I love to travel and write about our adventures. But, we haven’t been anywhere, so I ran out of photos and blog ideas.

What else can I write about?

I was so uninspired to blog for a while. Until one day, when my hubby and I decided to use the white wall of our apartment as a backdrop for a fashion photoshoot. I wore some of my go-to outfits for spring, and we had so much fun. I wrote about it, posted a few photos on Instagram, and tagged one of my fave brands – NY & Company.

Two weeks ago, I received an e-mail from them, inviting me to be part of their latest campaign. I’m so happy about this partnership because I totally love this brand. On my next post, I’ll be sharing with you some of my outfits from their spring/summer collection.

 

4. It’s ok not to be productive all the time.

Go…go….go!

That has been my life before the lockdown. I work from Mon-Fri in a fast-paced environment. I spend most of my weekends writing, traveling, or attending social events. I’m one of those Type A personality individuals who feel guilty if they are not doing anything productive.

I’ve learned to slow down a bit. I take long naps, watch YouTube videos for hours, sip my coffee, relax, and just be thankful for whatever blessings each day brings.

 

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5. Tough times don’t last.

So many things have changed in our lives. We have to adjust to the new normal. There are challenges at every turn. Some days can be really rough that I needed to step back and have a good cry before I can get through my day.

This COVID-19 pandemic won’t last forever. Things may never be the same again. But, I still believe that better days lie ahead of us. In the meantime, let’s continue to pray, support, and encourage each other.

 

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How are you holding up? What are some life lessons you’ve learned during the lockdown? Feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for reading. Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay healthy! ❤️

 

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66 comments

  1. All very valuable lessons! Thank you for sharing. During this time period I was able to take better care of my health as well. I understood the importance of taking care of myself yet always being on the go it was hard to do so. Also, congratulations having NY & Company reaching out to you for their campaign!

  2. When the night gets dark
    And the clouds make  a lightening spark ,
    Water would nourish us with rain ,
    to bring joy and transcend the pain ,
    All things happen through us to gain ,
    For  us to rebalance  again ,

    With divine spirit , we remain 
    Guidance and love , we restore and retain ,
    God help all included Spain …

  3. Perfection! I’m so glad to see you taking advantage of the difficulties we were presented with this year! I’ve managed to do the same as time is fleeting! I’ve been loving every moment home with my little guys (2 & 3 years old) whereas before, I was missing out on so much time wiht them! It’s been a huge blessing to me!

  4. Thanks for writing this post. I’ve been doing a lot of #s 2 & 4 and making the most of the lockdown while it lasts! You have to look at the brighter side of things, right?

  5. I love how much positivity has come from such a challenging time! It;s lovely to see you have learnt so much – and change is just on the horizon! xxx

  6. Mental health, especially now, is soooo important – but the three months have been useful, at least for me, to finally face certain feelings and knowing how I can deal with them.
    Thank you for sharing – and hoping you’re doing okay 🙂

    1. I agree that mental health is so vital to cope during this very uncertain time. Glad that you were able to find ways to deal with everything you’re going through.
      Thank you for reading – stay safe and well!

  7. Oooh! I feel you about these lessons. I feel you about overthinking. Times are unpredictable right now. Self-care is SOOOO important!!! You can get worn out so easily during times like this. Love that you found inspiration to blog with the collab!! I try to find different activities every week :). Stay safe!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  8. Thank you for your work as a healthcare worker! I can’t imagine how nerve-wracking it must have been to be re-assigned out of the blue, but I’m glad you were able to take care of yourself during it all.

  9. I loved reading about your ‘one door closing while another one opens’ experience! It is incredible what comes out of the little things we do, when we think all inspiration has abandoned us, and I look forward to seeing the outfits you come up with. 🙂

  10. Thanks Fritzie – these are all such good reminders. I’m enjoying being slowed down for a while! But it’s driving my husband a little crazy. Congrats on your new partnership! Cute outfits and great photos. 🙂

  11. Congratulations on the campaign with NY & Company! I love their clothes and definitely can’t wait to see your photos.

    Thank you so much for all you do as a nurse – I can’t imagine how overwhelming life has been for you lately. You’re so appreciated! <3

    All of these are valuable lessons! I definitely am also one of those people who always has to be working otherwise I feel unproductive. So, learning how to rest and accepting that I don't have to be productive at all times is something that I still have to work on.

    Much love always,
    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

  12. This is insightful. When the lockdown began, I posted about things I can do during lockdown. And it is so timely to find your blog because it inspires to finish my draft on “things I have accomplished during lockdown”. 🙂

  13. Happy to see someone who is really inspiring and trying to stay positive amidst tough times..👍🏻👍🏻😊
    Recently I did a post on the same..this post is amazing 👍🏻😊💯

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