Learning to love life in lockdown

Clap for heroes: The daily 8pm event returned last week after the UK went into another lockdown. © BBC

Are occasional lockdowns a good idea? Schools have closed again as the UK goes into a third lockdown. This may make life more difficult, but some have been looking for silver linings.

What’s happening

Last Tuesday, everybody in the UK woke up in another lockdown. Shops and cafes were shut. Millions of children stayed at home and logged in for online learning once again.

For many people, the new rules are frustrating. But lockdowns have proven to have some surprising benefits.

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Nature. We have learnt to love the outdoors. This is good for our health and for the environment. Cities in Italy have built more cycle lanes. Paris is turning parking spaces into cycle lanes. In Bogotá, cars have been banned from 117km of roads.

Kindness. We have got to know our neighbours. Thousands of people have volunteered to help the NHS. Clap for Heroes has returned to thank people working during the pandemic – like teachers, bus drivers and supermarket workers.

Spare time. We are reading more and doing more crafting activities. Families have time to cook and play games together. Zoom brings us together with distant friends. Plus, our pets are getting more attention.

Would it be a good idea to have a lockdown every now and then?

Some say…

Yes! Before the lockdowns, life moved so fast that we forgot to notice the small things. Now, people have learnt to love being outside and watching the seasons change. Many people have relaxed more and learnt to enjoy more quality time at home. Plus, the environment has had a break from our harmful emissions.

Others think…

No. It is always a good idea to look for silver linings, but lockdowns should not happen if we do not need them. Missing school is harmful. As humans, we need to learn and spend time with friends. And lockdowns have not been good for everybody. Thousands of people cannot work or have lost their jobs, meaning life has become much harder.

You Decide

  1. Would one lockdown a year be a good idea?

Activities

  1. Come up with a new board game you could play during lockdown. Give it a name, write some rules and draw the board on a piece of paper. Don’t forget to make it colourful.

Some People Say...

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

Jane Austen, English novelist

What do you think?

Word Watch

Frustrating
Something that makes you angry, upset or discouraged.
Paris
The capital city of France. With a population of over two million people, it is famous for the Eiffel Tower.
Bogotá
The capital city of Colombia. It is one of the highest capital cities in the world – almost 3,000m above sea level.
Volunteered
To volunteer is to sign up to do a job for free. Lots of people volunteer for charity. Some work in a food bank. Others collect money for good causes.
NHS
Short for National Health Service. This is the health service that everybody in the UK can use when they become sick or injured.
Zoom
An online service that lets you video call people for free. It has been very popular throughout lockdown for activities like online lessons, talking to friends, going to meetings and taking part in quizzes.
Emissions
An emission is something that is given off – or emitted from – something else. It is used to describe harmful gases that contribute to global warming.
Silver linings
This comes from the phrase, “every cloud has a silver lining”. This literally describes the moment when the sun shines out around the edges of a cloud, making it looking like a bright shining edge. It is a metaphor. It means that when something goes wrong, something good might also happen as a result.

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