During the current coronavirus pandemic and the period of lockdown, I myself have experienced challenges whilst adapting to a new way of life by having so much more additional time on my hands than what I have normally found myself used to. I have looked into new ways to keep myself mentally and physically stimulated and utilising the additional time on my hands in the best possible way. I have used the time to decorate in around the house with duties such as painting, glossing, varnishing etc whilst becoming more accustomed to various DIY jobs around the house which I have found rewarding on a personal level while also helping to keep me occupied and offering a huge sense of self-satisfaction. While developing new skills it has allowed me to be more confident to trial new things in future, some things that I may have previously been hesitant to attempt or may have put off or looked at reasons for delaying them rather than getting things done. I have also used this additional time to reflect on life and build a stronger spiritual connection which is something I feel more content with as it was a huge part of my upbringing
Whilst going through this experience, I feel it has been helpful being in regular contact with family members or friends to discuss and share similar experiences and use ways overcome issues I may have experienced during this period. I have found having a supportive family network has been a massive help to overcome any barriers or issues I have come across. I have also found that by having a daily routine and continual structure during this period has been highly beneficial by engaging in daily exercise, reading, daily household duties and parental responsibilities have given me a daily focus and keeping me occupied while trying to make the most of each day. I have felt by looking at new ways to further develop myself as a person and trialling activities such as meditation and visualisation have been highly beneficial on a personal level.