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New and Improved Bucket Lists

*Collaborative post.

The ongoing coronavirus situation has affected just about every facet of modern life. It’s made things that were commonplace unthinkable, and things that were unthinkable commonplace – and it’s done so in a matter of months.

One of the casualties of this period of change is the concept of a bucket-list. What fun is there in composing a list of things that you’re not going to be allowed to do for months?

Travel restrictions have brought the global tourism industry to a standstill. But the change probably runs deeper than that: we’ve all been given time to reflect on what’s important in life and what isn’t, and the likelihood is that this will effect our travel decisions long after the situation has cleared up, and some semblance of normality has reasserted itself.

So how might the bucket lists of the future look different?

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Domestic Travel

The gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions will come in many stages – and some countries will doubtless progress faster than others. It’s certain that we’ll be free to move within the country before we’re able to move outside of it, and thus the next holiday you go on will almost certainly be a domestic break. This shouldn’t be viewed as a drawback: the United Kingdom is packed with gorgeous tourist attractions. You might visit a Cornish beach in August, or go on a hike through the Highlands of Scotland.

Any bucket list should account for what’s local and available – after all, you can pack in dozens of domestic trips for the same cost of one that takes you to the other side of the planet.

Environmental Concerns

A related issue is the environmental cost of long-haul flights. The lapse in global travel has caused a huge drop in global emissions – which many of us will be unwilling to contribute toward reversing.

One-off holidaymakers aren’t, on the scale of things, the worst producers of carbon emissions: most air miles are actually racked up by a minority of frequent fliers, and so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much over our flying habits. With that said, any step you can take to reduce your personal environmental impact is surely going to be a worthwhile one. A train from Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour will allow you to see just as much as a plane to somewhere more exotic – and at a fraction of the environmental cost!

 

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown

Although the word on the streets says they are easing the lockdown measures, many people I know are still in lockdown. It can be very tricky to maintain a healthy lifestyle in lockdown. Many people find themselves indoors all week and getting little or no exercise. This is not good for the mental or physical health. Which is why we all need to find a way to carrying on maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown. Here are some ways you could go about doing this –

Eat and drink healthy

I have detoxed myself from my favourite soft drink – Cocacola. This was not planned. I just found myself not having the urge to drink it as much anymore and I slowly realised I have not drank it at all for almost 3 weeks. This is a huge deal because I was pretty on a can a day for ages and that was me being good. On somedays I could find myself drinking 2 whole cans of it. I am glad I am off it. It still feels like a dream. I never thought I would see this time in my life where I drink water like it is the sweetest drink ever.

Eating and drinking healthy is so important, especially in this lockdown. I am glad I am able to do this effortlessly.

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Stay active

I have 2 active children so staying active is really easy. They keep me constantly on the move both indoors and outdoors. We go for regular walks and the change of scenery and fresh air does wonders. We try to step outside everyday for a few minutes and it really helps.

Get good sleep

I am sleeping a lot ealier these days. I am usually in bed by 10:30pm now and this is super early for me because I was a midnight owl some months ago. Going to bed earlier allows me wake up earlier. It also allows me start my day with a clear intention and I love it. If there is one thing you do for yourself this period, try to get some decent sleep. It helps loads.

Have a routine

I work from home and homeschool the kids, so having a clear but flexible routine helps us stay on top of our to-do lists. Having a routine also helps my state of mind. I like knowing what needs to be done and when. It gives me a sense of control.

Switch off the news

I don’t watch the news at all but I now many people find the need to keep up constantly with the press. I get the facts online and zone out the rest but I never watch the news. If you must watch news, I would advise you to minimise your viewing as much as possible and just take out the bits you want. I think it helps your mental health when you don’t constantly have the news on 24/7.

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Mediate

This lockdown has led me to meditating even more and I am loving it. Meditation does wonders for the mental health, especially when you mediate with a clear intention.

How are you maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown? Please share your tried and tested tips below. Have a great week and be safe.

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