The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, which started in the UK in March 2020, ushered in a change of life that no-one could have imagined
When restrictions were implemented, everyone, for the most part, was suddenly confined to a single space, be it our own flats or homes - our worse, our parents’ homes.
While the pandemic has been a struggle, there are some things about the lockdown way of living that will be missed once life gets back to normal.
1. Getting a lie-in on work days
The majority of us were suddenly thrown into working from home and while it may have its difficulties, one of the upsides was no more alarms set at the crack of dawn - instead, we reclaimed those precious few hours of sleep, setting alarms for 8am (or 8:59am for the daring) instead of 6am.
2. No more commutes
Another upside to working from home meant no more commuting into the office - no more having to sit in traffic, no more running for the bus, no more running out of money on your travel pass. Instead the commute moved to the next room over. Going back to the office might be nice for a while, but soon we’ll be dreaming of the bedroom to home-office commute.
3. Ditching office attire for comfortable clothing
Another tick in the working from home column - no more having to sit through the day in uncomfortable office gear. Home workers said goodbye to shirts and ties and hello to pajamas and loungewear. Even wearing jeans is a struggle now - but imagine squeezing into a suit when we have to go back to the office!
4. Ordering a takeaway because it’s “supporting a local business”
Even though we shouldn’t, a lot of us feel guilty for treating ourselves to a takeaway. But during lockdown, buying food and drinks from our favourite restaurants became an act of civic duty, supporting local businesses through a difficult time. Restaurants got creative with “do it at home” meal kits, breweries started delivering their products and local pubs were offering takeaway pints. As life gets back to normal, we’ll miss these treats.