Practice the Pause Pt.2 | Stop and reflect
While government restrictions have taken some of life’s simple luxuries away from us, one luxury that most of us haven’t lacked for the past few months is time. In fact, for many of us, the past few months have provided us with more time than ever – whether that’s been a result of being on furlough from work, or simply reduced travel time due to working from home.
Perhaps you’ve really enjoyed this extra time, and viewed it as a chance to take up a new hobby (remember the banana bread stage of lockdown?) or organise the kitchen cupboards. Perhaps the extra time and lack of normal routine/structure to your day made you feel uncomfortable and anxious. Or maybe you’ve continued to work at home throughout the lockdown phase and enjoyed the increased flexibility (thanks Microsoft teams). Either way, there is no denying that this time spent in lockdown has affected each and every one of us differently and sparked a range of emotions.
We asked our very own DAM team to sum up their lockdown experience in one world (see images below) and it is clear that even on a small scale, we have all experienced a completely unique lockdown experience. In fact, many of the DAM team said they struggled to sum it up in one word due to the range of emotions felt throughout – some days they enjoyed the opportunity to relax and slow down; to spend more time ‘in the moment’, whilst the next they felt overwhelmed with anxiety and worry; worry about their health, their family, their work, their finances. We imagine that will be the same for a lot of people, experiencing a ‘coronacoaster’ of emotions throughout this time.
So, as we continue to ease ourselves into this post lockdown stage, now marks the perfect time to ‘practice the pause’ and look back on your highs and lows of the past few months, reflecting on what it has meant to you. Are there some elements of your lockdown life that you would like to continue with as we move back to "normality"? Or are there some parts of your pre-lockdown life that, upon reflection, you realise you weren’t actually happy with? Exactly what parts of your "normal life" do you feel are worth returning to?
Maybe you enjoyed cooking more and would like to continue to do this in your "normal life". Or maybe the opportunity to leave your house to exercise each day encouraged you to dust off the old running trainers and start exercising again, allowing you to re-ignite your passion for fitness. Or maybe you realise now, more than ever, the importance of spending time with loved ones or taking those trips that you’ve always put off? Because if nothing else, the past four months have certainly shown the importance of being appreciative of the little things and that when it comes to it, and we strip everything else away, some of the more basic things in life are what can make us the happiest.
According to our CEO Russell Davidson, the past four months have been a whirlwind of emotions. "At the start, anxiety and fear was certainly at the forefront of my mind as I worried about my own family and my work family – for our health and wellbeing. As a business owner, I also naturally had overwhelming anxiety about the future of our company and our staff, as well as that of our clients – particularly those in the hospitality industry who have been badly hit by this pandemic. Our entire organisation is centred around offering a personal service. When you are suddenly forced into lockdown, the opportunity to continue to provide this personal service seems somewhat impossible. However, as the days rolled into weeks, I began to feel hopeful and grateful at the way our business was able to adapt and our team were able to power on, working as close-knit as ever despite being further apart. Having spent a lot of time travelling to clients across Scotland and England, I have also been very thankful for the extra time I have been able to spend with my wife and daughters (even if that has involved making a few family tik toks along the way). And whilst we still remain unsure about what the future holds, one thing is for sure, this experience has certainly made me feel very appreciative of my family, friends and outstanding team, as well as deeply empathetic for those who have been more directly impacted during this awful time."
So, before normality once again resumes and we are once again left scrambling to find enough hours in the day, join us as we pause and reflect on how the past 4 months have been. Ask yourself, "If I could go back and do one thing at the start of the year, what would it be?" Except of course buy shares in zoom…