Many have said that the following 6 points are real benefits which they have gained from lockdown; which one is the odd one out? 
 
1. More family time 
2. Doing nothing and not feeling guilty 
3. No commuting 
4. Cleaner air (and clearer skies) 
5. Getting to know the neighbours 
6. Listening to the birds singing 
The odd one out is number 4, cleaner air and skies; the others all have one common denominator which is "more time" 
Time to enjoy being a family; time to enjoy time to and for yourself; time to wake up later and take the time we need for proper sleep; time to be more of a part of local communities by getting to know your neighbours and essential time to connect with nature. 
 
Matt Haig, author, succinctly said in a recent post on the matter of mental health 
"Yes, lockdown poses its own mental health challenges. But can we please stop pretending our former words of long working hours, stressful commutes, hectic crows, shopping centres, air pollution and 24/7 everything was a mental health Utopia" 
 
It is vitally important for you, your mental health, state of mind and physical wellbeing to make the decision to keep one or more of the 6 benefits moving forwards. It seems highly likely that there will be much more home-working by this time next year giving us the chance to make the essential, permanent changes for happier, healthier and more fulfilling days. 
 
Work out what is important for you (and family) and make the time to spend more time with family, your community, getting out into nature to stimulate the senses and boost mental and emotional health.  
 
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