"I don't know what would have happened to me if lockdown had not happened"
I have heard this from quite a few people over the last year. Whilst lockdown has been a significant challenge nationally, there are a number of people who feel that the first lockdown was what actually saved them from a life of overwhelm and an impending burnout.
Did COVID19 prevent an impending burnout for you?
For many people, this was the change that they needed to make. For some, it was a change they had wanted to make and had not been able to make happen, and for others, it was the change that they did not know would make the difference they needed.
Do you fit into one of these two categories?
As we start to journey through the 'roadmap out of lockdown' it is important for all of us to reflect and review how life was, so that we can plan ahead and think about what we want to create in the world that will become our 'new normal'.
We all have an opportunity to create a new life of balance, make decisions that will help us to take control of the controllable, and leave behind what was not working for us.
These questions may help provide some structure to your reflection and review.
Consider each question through the lens of your mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
'Brain dump' your answers onto paper.
After you have had some time to reflect and review take some time to consider how you can use this information to plan for the future.
What was life like before the first lockdown?
What did you enjoy that you want more of in the future?
What wasn't working that you want to leave behind?
What did you feel was missing that you wanted in life?
What was out of balance?
What were the obstacles/excuses holding you back?
What changed when lockdown happened?
What did you miss straight away?
What did you miss longer-term?
What 'needs' were you unable to meet?
What values became out of alignment?
What opportunities did lockdown present to you, which did you take, which did you pass up on?
What will you re-introduce at the end of the roadmap of lockdowns?
What will you leave behind?
What good habits and behaviours have you created that you will keep?
Knowing what you know now, what does 'balance' look like for you?
How will you re-align life to your values?
What will you challenge yourself to change to create the future you want?
Phoenix Coaching has a range of resources that can support you to work through this. Check them out here:
If you would like a conversation to help you to work through this, book in a 'clarity call' and we can have a chat.